From the Ram continue along the A646 towards Todmordern for almost 500 yards. (This will necessitate switching sides of the road to make use of the pavement).
Just pass a bus stop turn right onto a woodland drive leading down to a large house. As the drive swings left keep ahead on a track leading down to a footbridge.
Follow the path along a walled section to a kissing gate leading out on a grassy hillside. Turn right to climb the path steeply. The path is clear and well waymarked.
After three hundred yards to reaches a path junction on a broad shelf below Thieveley Scout.
Bear right (ignoring a waymark post pointing left) and follow a low wall gently climbing above Fishpond Plantation to the right soon with a wall/fence on the right.
After 500 yards the path meets the Burnley Way on the far side of a deep gully to the left.
Turn left through a wooden gate and follow the path steeply up with a fence to the left. (This is the strenuous bit).
After a track the path becomes less steep and less clear but maintaining the same direction keep climbing until the trig point comes into sight.
The views cover a wide expanse of the South Pennines and East Lancashire. There follows a superb ridge walk over Deerplay Moor.
Cross the fence by a ruined wall at a stile to the left of the trig point turn right and follow the fence and wall north westwards along the broad moorland ridge.
After 800 yards the track crosses a stream at the top of Black Clough and then continues to a gate at a junction of walls. Through this keep ahead until you arrive at a wooden gate just before the A671 Bacup Road.
Turn right onto the Pennine Bridleway. You now follow this long distance trail as it descends to Holme Chapel.
After passing through a wooden gate the track heads briefly north before swinging east above Easden Clough on a broad farm road.
Before reaching a gate turn left following the way below the farm at Cow Side. This puts you on a broad green lane. Keep on this to a point where it turns left in front of a wooden gate.
Go through the gate (close to a memorial to Mary Towneley) turn left and on a steeper path head downhill with a fence to the left. As you near a farm join a farm track to reach a junction with the Burnley Way.
At a finger post turn right. Keep on a broad track to reach Scout Farm. After the farm the trail continues parallel to the railway before passing underneath it close to Buckley Wood. Soon after this turn left on a broad track leading to Holme Chapel.
Where to eat and drink: The Ram (See www.theramburnley.co.uk, telephone: 01282 459091). Since parking is not easy in Holme Chapel it may be an idea to combine a walk with a visit to the Inn. (Readers should seek permission before the walk).
Points of Interest: The Pennine Bridleway. The National Trail was inspired by the campaign of Lady Mary Towneley of Lancashire who saw the need of a long distance track suitable for horse riders and cyclists. She died about the time the trail was established.
In memory of her work a 76-mile circuit was created in the South Pennines and called the Mary Towneley Loop.