Walks: Haslingden Grane

Haslingden Grane.
Haslingden Grane.

Start: Clough Head car park. BB4 4AT GR SD 751231

Distance: 5 ½ miles 9k

Time: 2 ½ – 3 ½ hours

Summary: Moderate verging on strenuous.

Map: OS Explorer 287 The West Pennine Moors

Take the footpath to the left of the entrance drive, walk back to the Grane Road and cross it.

This happens to be the most dangerous part of the walk.

Although designate a B road most drivers seem to be under the impression they are on the M6. Once safely across turn left and in a short distance pass through a kissing gate leading into woodland.

Follow the path as it leads downhill to reach Calf Hey Reservoir car park. (An alternative start but the car park has no toilet facilities).

Turn right and continue on the service road through the car park and keep ahead to the next junction. (A footpath close to the pay and display machine arrives at this same point. Turn right.

The road leads round past ruined farms to gently descend to a bridge at the top end of Calf Hey Reservoir.

Cross the bridge and turn left following a shoreline track which crosses one feeder stream and then turns right onto a narrow path just before a second stream.

After 150yds cross the stream at a footbridge and start to climb steeply through a conifer plantation.

After reaching a shelf the path bears right and continues through the steep sided woods to arrive at the edge of moorland.

From this point the first objective Hog Lowe Pike will be seen across to the right.

The path follows a fence and then dips to cross a gully before crossing moorland to reach the trig point just after a stile.

The next section of the walk is a moorland yomp over Causeway Height.

From the trig point follow the fence you have just crossed towards a corner east of the trig point.

After negotiating three stiles in quick succession maintain the easterly direction with a fence on the right. After 300 yds. turn right at a corner and keep ahead to reach another corner.

From pick up a path that crosses to a wall passing through a gap when you reach it. The path drops into Musbury Valley and intercepts the Rossendale Way.

Turn left aiming towards an isolated tree close to ruins. Keep on the broad peaty track as it contours below the moors in a northerly direction.

After crossing a stream the Way passes through an area of disused workings the most obvious feature of which is a tall stand-alone chimney.

When you reach the chimney follow the path right through ruins to the edge of a steep escarpment overlooking Ogden Reservoir.

Bear left on a steep rocky path leading below Musbury Heights.

After the path levels out turn right onto a path that takes you down to the dam end of Calf Hey Reservoir. Cross the broad end of the dam and follow the road opposite to reach the junction on your outward route.

Useful website: www.westpenninemoors.com

Where to eat and drink: The Visitors Centre and café at Clough Head. Tel: 07973 878821