Grain Pole Hill
Date 18/3/2011
Starting Point Moor Rd, Anglezarke (SD620173)
Distance 2.5 miles

Waking to a beautiful March day we decided to take the dogs up Grain Pole and return along the top of Stronstrey Bank. We parked in the lay by after Siddow Fold and took the stile on to the moor. The path is not clear but head straight ahead from the stile, up the incline and then Grain Pole Hill will become visible a little to the left. After reaching the summit, it's a downward path across the flat plain of Black Coppice then left at the fence and follow it along the top of Stronstrey Bank.


After making some height gain this is the view behind us to Healey Nab

.... and the view across to Harrock Hill, Nr Mawdesley


Looking up to Grain Pole Hill


Ahead is lush green grass which leads to a couple of old mine trails


Healey Nab


Not a good photo, but this shows Anglezarke Reservoir far below, and a distant Harrock Hill


The plateau of Black Coppice


Healey Nab


Nearing the top, and the going gets a little tougher - but nothing to difficult


Looking South West and in the distance steam from the cooling towers of Fiddlers Ferry power station rises into the still air


The faint track leading to Grain Pole


Grain Pole Hill


The untidy cairn on Grain Pole Hill


Rare photo, me and two of the dogs atop Grain Pole Hill


Zooming in on the distant ROF Heapey site.


Across the plain to a distant Preston


And from the summit this is Chorley


As we descend, Healey Nab is the main feature ahead of us


There is a small, well hidden tarn on Black Coppice, this is it, with Great Hill in the distance


Belle takes a paddle


The reason Black Coppice gets its name, this dark heather is just that, dark!


Approaching Stronstrey Bank


The fence that runs along the edge


North West view to the Chorley Mormon Temple