Walk: Crown Point

Crown Point walk.
Crown Point walk.

This superb walk starts just within Burnley Borough but nearly all of the route is in Rossendale.

Start: Lay by Crown Point Road just before its junction with A671 Burnley – Bacup Road.

From the layby cross the road to a track southwest leading into the barrenness of moorland.

On a broad, gravelly track keep ahead for0.75 of a mile to reach a junction close by pylons and a feature known as Compton’s Cross.

At this point you join the Rossendale Way. From the cross keep ahead on a grassy track with a wall to the left.

The path is well waymarked and brings you above relatively new development close to Love Clough. On reaching Swinshaw Lane turn left.

This area takes its name from Goodshaw Chapel an 18th century non-conformist chapel which is cared for by English Heritage.

Pass the chapel on the left and then turn left onto a farm drive to enter a field and bear right on a footpath to a wooded corner. After a kissing gate follow the path to a squeeze stile and then cross a track to an enclosed path.

When this reaches a broad track turn left into a wooded valley.

Following the path into the valley which becomes progressively steep sided the old water workings will be seen. Beyond a small footbridge the path switches to the right of the stream.

Climb out of the valley assisted by a flight of concrete steps and then follow a fence on the right to a wooden kissing gate. Here turn right to pass a large barn on the left. On reaching the farm drive turn left and cross a wooden stile.

With the fence on your left keep ahead in a large field and then bear right to a wooden stile. From here the route continues in a straight line following field boundaries for 400yds.

At a stile with a waymark pointing diagonally left cross the wall on the right continue through very rough pasture to cross a stile in a fence.

Keep ahead in the next field to reach a grassy track leading to metal gates. Through these turn right passing a farm house on the right and join its main drive down to Lumb.

On reaching Burnley Road turn left and then left onto Peers Clough Road. This leads back nearly all the way back to the car park. The road leads onto a broad farm track.

The way swings right and then in a further 300yds at a junction of paths bears right again following a hedge to a wooden gate.

Keep ahead as the way dips below Far Pastures and then climbs up towards the pylons passed earlier on the outward leg.

Turn right on the Pennine Bridleway as you reach a junction and then before reaching Burnley Road turn left onto a track that leads back to the car park.