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Brindle and Hough Hill

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Brindle and Hough Hill
Author: Lancashire Walks, Published: 07 Nov 2018 Walk Rating:star0 Brindle and Hough Hill Lancashire Walking Guidestar0 Brindle and Hough Hill Lancashire Walking Guidestar0 Brindle and Hough Hill Lancashire Walking Guidestar0 Brindle and Hough Hill Lancashire Walking Guidestar0 Brindle and Hough Hill Lancashire Walking Guide
Lancashire, Brindle
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Brindle and Hough Hill
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Brindle and Hough Hill Lancashire Walking Guide boot Brindle and Hough Hill Lancashire Walking Guide boot Brindle and Hough Hill Lancashire Walking Guide
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A 5.5 mile circular walk from Denham Hill Quarry, taking in the area surrounding Brindle village in Lancashire. This is an area that, even in Lancashire, tends to be overlooked yet offers the walker much by way of attractive landscape, historical interest and superb views.

The walk is moderate in difficulty and includes a few gradients throughout. It follows a mixture of field paths, stone tracks, some short sections of road walking and a long stretch along a canal towpath. After prolonged rain and in the winter the fields are prone to becoming very muddy and soggy, so good boots (or wellies with grips) are a must. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates, footbridges, plank bridges and a multitude of stiles. Whilst some stiles have fence gaps or purpose-built dog gates, dogs will probably need a lift over several of the other stiles. You will be sharing many of the fields with both sheep and cattle. Allow 3 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at the free Denham Hill Quarry car park on Holt Lane, located about 7 miles south-east of Preston and just a mile south-west of Brindle village. The nearest post code is PR6 8NF and this will take you to a farm on Holt Lane. Continue south on Holt Lane as it bends right and you will find the car park on your left.

Walk Sections

Start to Hough Hill
Start to Hough Hill

Start point: 53.7002 lat, -2.6209 long
End point: 53.7015 lat, -2.6186 long

Go through the metal gate at the rear of the car park for a close up view of the crags created by the old quarry workings. Go left to follow the path to a junction, where by going right you can reach the top of Hough Hill and its trig point. Regular followers of my walks will be familiar with the sentence that follows this one… This is one of the finest viewpoints in Lancashire!

Hough Hill to Denham Lane
Hough Hill to Denham Lane

Start point: 53.7015 lat, -2.6186 long
End point: 53.7021 lat, -2.6158 long

Once you have had your fill of the great sweeping panorama, head back down to the bottom of the hill, emerging via a gate onto a track (with Holt Lane just to your left). Turn right along the track and follow it as it bears right and brings you to Denham Lane.

Denham Lane to Plank Bridge
Denham Lane to Plank Bridge

Start point: 53.7021 lat, -2.6158 long
End point: 53.7102 lat, -2.6094 long

Turn left along Denham Lane. Pass through the descriptively named hamlet of Top o' the Lane and, just beyond a telephone box now housing a defibrillator and book swap, cross a stile ahead on the bend. Here is another modest height giving an air of elevation over the surrounding countryside. As you head across the fields, Brindle will come into sight - where this part of the route will take you. Keep straight ahead, at first with the field boundary to the left and then (after a stile near a metal gate) with a fence line on the right. The path dips to a corner where you will find a stile and plank bridge.

Plank Bridge to Brindle Village
Plank Bridge to Brindle Village

Start point: 53.7102 lat, -2.6094 long
End point: 53.7126 lat, -2.6084 long

Cross the stile and plank bridge and then aim to the rear of buildings on the left - Brindle's Primary School. The path runs alongside the school to bring you to Water Street. Turn left along the street, heading for Brindle village centre.

Brindle Village to Marsh Lane
Brindle Village to Marsh Lane

Start point: 53.7126 lat, -2.6084 long
End point: 53.7127 lat, -2.595 long

At the junction with Sandy Lane, with the Cavendish Arms to the left and the imposing church tower to the right, turn right. After 150 yds, turn right through a residential drive (opposite Cross Keys Barn) to access a footpath that crosses a vast field, later converging with a hedge on the left. In the next field keep the hedge on the left and aim for Marsh Lane Farm. You will emerge onto Marsh Lane by way of a stile.

Marsh Lane to Canal Towpath
Marsh Lane to Canal Towpath

Start point: 53.7127 lat, -2.595 long
End point: 53.7118 lat, -2.5834 long

Turn left and keep on Marsh Lane for a little over 200 yards and then cross a stile on the right. With the fence line to the right, edge along another large field to reach a stile followed by plank bridge. Following the direction of the waymark sign, cross diagonally left to the far corner below the low embankment of the Leeds Liverpool Canal. To access the canal, cross the stile here and continue to the next one on the right where you reach the towpath close to Bridge 90.

Canal Towpath to Whave's Brook
Canal Towpath to Whave's Brook

Start point: 53.7118 lat, -2.5834 long
End point: 53.6973 lat, -2.6037 long

Turn right along the canal, with the canal running on your left. You may now put these directions away until you reach Bridge 85, just under 1.5 miles away. This happens to be a particularly attractive stretch of the waterway as it wends its way past the industrial settlement of Withnell Fold with its tall chimney stack and through woodland. Bridge 85 is distinctly different from all the bridges encountered thus far, in that the span is metal rather than stone. Just before Bridge 85, turn right over a stile and descend to a footbridge over Whave's Brook.

Whave's Brook to Denham Hall
Whave's Brook to Denham Hall

Start point: 53.6973 lat, -2.6037 long
End point: 53.6975 lat, -2.6157 long

As you cross the brook, just reflect that it carved out the impressive valley it runs through to join Slack Brook and become the River Lostock. On the far side of the bridge, bear left to cross a smaller bridge over a feeder watercourse and then climb a stile at the top of a steep slope. Now in vast rolling landscape, keep ahead aiming for Denham Hall (the cluster of buildings to the west). After crossing an intervening field corner by two stiles aim for a metal gate by a barn at Denham Hall.

Denham Hall to Birchin Lane
Denham Hall to Birchin Lane

Start point: 53.6975 lat, -2.6157 long
End point: 53.6923 lat, -2.6217 long

Go through this gate and pass the complex and hall to take a wooden stile next to a metal gate, close to the garden wall of the hall. Follow the path slightly left along the hedge. A track develops and becomes more pronounced as you descend the hill and enter the next field. When this track swings right, follow it to Birchin Lane.

Birchin Lane to End
Birchin Lane to End

Start point: 53.6923 lat, -2.6217 long
End point: 53.7004 lat, -2.6211 long

Turn right along Birchin Lane. After 0.25 miles you will reach the junction with Denham Lane, with the motorway bridge to the left. Go straight across the road (slightly diagonally left) to pick up a footpath. The path climbs over a spur of Denham Hill and then drops to scattered woodland on the far side. Here cross a stile and turn immediately right to once more climb Denham Hill. Keep on it, at first with a fence to the right. After a second stile, aim for a metal gate leading onto Holt lane. Turn left along the lane and you will reach the car park on your right where the walk began.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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