Walk 4 White Coppice to Great Hill

Updated 21 October 2012
Length 4.1 miles
Time 2hr 15mins
Min Height 629 ft
Max Height 1426 ft
Terrain Initial steep climb and then gradual ascent.
Starting Point White Coppice (Grid Ref SD619191)


From the cricket pavilion at White Coppice go through a kissing gate and cross the bridge that crosses the Goit. (incidentally, the Goit connects Roddlesworth reservoir near Abbey Village to Anglezarke Reservoir). Go through the kissing gate at the far side of the bridge and turn left. As the path starts to climb turn sharp right at the old signpost. Stay on this path and after half a mile or so you will see some large bushes and a stone wall. These are the ruins of Coppice Stile Farm and is known as Coppice Stile. 

Continue along the track until you reach some steps and another old direction sign. Turn right (ignoring the path to Brinscall) and shortly you will reach another ruin called Drinkwater's. Apparently it was used as target practice during the second world war. From Drinkwater's simply follow the path to the summit of Great Hill.There used to be a cairn on the summit, but in 1999 it was replaced with a wall in the shape of a +. This shape affords protection from the wind, no matter which direction it blows from. Another recent addition has been the laying of large stone slabs from Great Hill along the moor to Redmond's Edge. This route was always very boggy and it is a pity that it was not continued over Spitlers Edge to the Rivington/Belmont road.From the top there are magnificent views all round and it is easy to understand why the hill got it's name. Note the tumulus called Roundloaf to the south west. At this point you have the option of returning to White Coppice or extending your walk. If you wish to continue see walk 5 or walk 6, otherwise follow the signpost for Winter Hill. As you descend and reach a fence and style, go over the stile, turn right and follow the faint track that runs parallel with Great Hill. After 600 yards you will come upon the ruins of Great Hill Farm.

Here you have a choice; turn right and go up the hill, which leads you to the path going up Great Hill, or, and I prefer this, is to continue ahead, with the farm to your right. Continue following a thin path and you will come to trees above the gorge of Dean Black Brook. Continue for 50 yards and as you approach a stone wall turn right and follow the track to Drinkwater's Farm. Turn left at the farm and take the same path back to Coppice, bearing left at the old green signpost