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the Enclosure Acts of the 1850's, giving landowners access to their increased land holdings on the previously common open fell sides. Known locally as ‘The Occy’, parts of this wide, well-worn track provide a convenient section of a number of walks. For this walk, it is necessary to turn right and follow the gently undulating way to the West. More dramatic vistas begin to unfold as the lovely ridge of Barbondale, with its highest point Calf Top (609 metres) comes into view. On your right, a large, well preserved lime kiln is clearly visible with a limestone outcrop ‘Stone Rigg’ beyond.

(3) Turn right onto the quiet and extremely scenic Barbondale Road for a few hundred yards until a finger-post on your left directs you to Underwood. Passing through a gate onto a lovely grassy track which winds behind Stone Rigg, you soon reach a ladder stile, then some rather rough, boggy ground. The best route through, sticks to the remains of a stone wall on your left until you come to a tumbling little stream. Don't cross it, but bear right and keep to a stony track. Don't take a left fork up the fell, but stick to the stony track which soon becomes a lovely grassy promenade contouring around the fell as glorious vistas of Upper Dentdale unfold on your right.

(4) Through a metal gate your way becomes a walled track, passing beneath the brooding bulk of Combe Scar, where, those fortunate enough, may glimpse Peregrine Falcons. The next section of the walk passes beside two old farmhouses and their outbuildings, which until recently were crumbling and deserted. It says a great deal about the foresight and energy of their new owners that both have now been lovingly and sensitively restored and re-inhabited.

From the splendid, isolated Combe House follow the new concrete track down, looking out for a way mark, indicating that the path forks left through rough, marshy ground down to a line of trees. Cross a beck over a narrow footbridge and climb the opposite bank up to pass through the yard of Tofts, with its pretty walled garden on your left. The track continues downhill, through a series of gates and past Bower Bank and its enterprising Ecobarn. Eventually the track