White Coppice to Great Hill
Date 26/7/2013  
Staring Point White Coppice (SD614180)    
Distance 4 miles    


The weather has been brilliant this July and today had been no exception, so at 8.15pm I set off from Coppice for Great Hill. Tired after a days work in the muggy heat this was just the tonic I needed. Leaving White Coppice I headed up alongside The Gorge and at the quarry scrambled up the path which runs high above Dean Black Brook. There's a path that veers off to the left, which I took and then met the main path and headed to Coppice Stile. From there I simply followed the path all the way to the summit. There a met a friendly cyclist and chatted for ten minutes before he left and left me with the summit to my self. It was stunning. At 9.30 I began the stroll back - with the sun now below the horizon it was almost dark when I arrived back in Coppice at 10pm


Shortly after leaving Coppice I am climbing alongside "The Gorge" with the sheer drop to the right



The substantial ruins of Grim's Farm, with Drinkwater's and Great Hill in the distance


Looking back to Healey Nab from the path. part of Grime's ruins are on the left of the photo.


The newly renovated direction sign.


Approaching Drinkwater's and trial mine shafts are highlighted in the evening sunshine. Roundloaf uis on the skyline




Looking back at Drinkwaters


Sunset from Great Hill summit


Great Hill summit


Darwen Tower catches the last rays of sunlight, resembling a lighthouse!


Looking across to Winter Hill as the light fades


looking noth towards the Trough of Bowland


My path back to White Coppice


Sheared sheep graze amongst the cottongrass


The signpost as I head back

The Mormon church from Coppice Stile

A really, really enjoyable walk