360 Great Hameldon

Like a beached whale Great Hameldon looms over Accrington. The name means scarred hill, and indeed castle-like ramparts left by quarrying defend its slopes, while the top is a grassy oasis. Separated from Hameldon Hill - the one with the masts - by the deep incision of Thorny Bank Clough, this is by far the finer summit. And the woods of Childers Green make a delightful finish, to be savoured after a welcome pub stop in Hapton.

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LOCATION: Three miles north east of Accrington
START: Mill Hill Picnic Site, signed from A679 at Hapton
Grid ref: SD787308 Postcode: BB115QX
DISTANCE: 5 miles
GRADE: Moderate
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - West Pennine Moors & South Pennines
EN ROUTE: Burnley Way

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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