Ward's Stone

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Ward's Stone
Ward's Stone.jpg
The summit rocks of Ward's Stone, with Ingleborough behind on the right
Elevation 561 m (1,841 ft)
Prominence 395 m (1,296 ft)
Parent peak Ingleborough
Listing Marilyn, Hardy
Location
Ward's Stone is located in Lancashire
Ward's Stone
Ward's Stone
Location in Lancashire
Location Lancashire, England
OS grid SD592587
Coordinates 54°01′22″N 2°37′27″W / 54.02268°N 2.62424°W / 54.02268; -2.62424Coordinates: 54°01′22″N 2°37′27″W / 54.02268°N 2.62424°W / 54.02268; -2.62424
Topo map OS Landranger 102

Ward's Stone is the highest hill in the Forest of Bowland. Its flat top hides two trig points nearly a kilometre apart. The western trig point sits atop of large rocks, including one, the Ward's Stone, that is so large it attracts boulderers and climbers.

The path from Grit Fell is difficult: crossing Cabin Flat, it weaves its way across hidden pools of stagnant water, the presence of which is betrayed by a form of red grass. White markers supposedly point out the way, but more often result in leading the walker astray. The second trig points faces the empty vastness of the eastern Forest of Bowland, with the summits of Wolfhole Crag, White Hill and the distant Ingleborough breaking the horizon. A second path approaches Ward's Stone from Tarnbrook, where limited parking is available.

On the southern slope of this hill are Thorn Crag, Hell Crag and Long Crag, rocky outcroppings that are popular with climbers. Within Thorn Crag, a shallow cave system exists that leads to Hell Crag; this route was first traversed by Lancaster University Mountaineering Club.

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Ward's Stone from Hawthornthwaite Fell