Great Hill, Round Loaf, Hurst Hill & Grain Pole Hill
Date 4/8/2003
Starting Point White Coppice (SD619191)
Distance 5 miles

A glorious walk in temperatures approaching 90f (that's some lower number in centigrade). The first 1.5 miles is along Dean Black Brook and some scrambling was required. However, if you wish to avoid the scrambles simply take the main track to Great Hill.


Leaving White Coppice and going up the side of "The Gorge". (Dean Black Brook to give it its name on modern OS maps or even Grange Water on older maps.)


Grange Water


Looking back towards White Coppice


Higher up the brook and our first sighting of Great Hill


An old fenced mine shaft marks the point to leave the brook and follow the other mineshafts up towards the copse


Drinkwater's from the old mine


Approaching Great Hill. The track veering off to the right leads to the ruins of Great Hill Farm


Kestrel over Great Hill


Great Hill summit


The fingerpost on Great Hill. Darwen Tower is in the distance


Great Hill summit


Zooming in on Brinscall


The path to Winter Hill. Take this path and turn right just before the ditch. After 75 yds cross the ditch and follow the aint path to Roundloaf


Looking back to Great Hill from the path to Round Loaf


Round Loaf.

From Round Loaf head in a west south west direction to the rise a mile away, this is Hurst Hill


Hurst Hill Summit


Healey Nab from Hurst Hill. Chorley lies beyond.

From Hurst Hill walk in a west north west direction to Grain Pole Hill


Grain Pole Hill. The summit is accessed by a narrow path through the heather. There is a small cairn


Great views are to be had from the summit of Grain Pole Hill


One of several unfinished millstones that lie abandoned above White Coppice quarries


Above White Coppice quarry


White Coppice from the quarry.