Walk: Great Hill

Great Hill
Great Hill

This walk along a superb moorland ridge will give you all the adventure you need . If it were not for the masts that adorn Winter Hill you could easily persuade yourself that you are walking in a remoter region.

From the car park turn right and walk down to the busy A675 and turn right.

After 200yards cross the road to a kissing gate leading out onto the moor.

The track heads directly towards the ridge and then after 700yards bears to the right.

Keep ahead until you reach a fence where you turn left. Follow the fence up to the ridge until your way is crossed by a flagged path.

Turn right over a wooden stile and walk to the summit of Great Hill(381m).

A finger signpost points to White Coppice, Darwen Tower and Winter Hill. Your way is Winter Hill which retraces your steps back to the fence. Now begins a superb moorland yomp, assisted in no small manner by the platform of stone flags leading south towards the masts of Winter Hill.

These aid navigation and make the walking easy. After almost 2 miles/50 minutes, just below Hordern Pasture, the flagged path peters out,but soon Rivington Road comes into sight and the now muddier track takes you down to Hordern Stoops.

When you reach the road turn left and commence the descent into Belmont village.

After 150yards bear left onto a footpath which clings to the edge of the hill.

As the path nears the edge of Belmont follow the direction of a waymark post to a stile over a wall. Keep ahead on the track which quickly leads you to Belmont. At the first houses turn right onto a footpath that cuts through to Ryecroft Lane. Turn left and walk down to the A675. Turn right.

Continue along the A675 and on the edge of the village turn left into Egerton Road. The lane dips down to the mill complex that once was Belmont Dye Works. Across the bridge on the left look for an almost concealed footpath.

Take this as it leads upwards to Lower Whittaker and then follows the farm road up to where it gives out onto a lane below Higher Whittaker. Turn left.

The lane drops down to the southern end of Belmont Reservoir.

Take the lane on the right by the reservoir that leads up Higher Pasture House. At the farm turn right between buildings and continue upwards along a track with a wall on your right.

At a junction turn left and along a good track return to Crookfield Road car park in about 30 minutes.