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This week’s fea­tured South Pen­nine walk cour­tesy of www. walk­ingbri­tain.co.uk is full of in­ter­est­ing sights in­clud­ing Crimsworth Dean, Lumb Falls and Hard­cas­tle Crags. Start­ing from the un­spoilt hill­top vil­lage of Hep­ton­stall with lots to see the 7.5 mile route ex­plores two val­leys and crosses open moor­land.

ROUTE

Start at the car park and pic­nic area on Hep­ton­stall Road and turn right into the vil­lage. Be­fore start­ing the walk it is worth ex­plor­ing the church and its fas­ci­nat­ing church­yard. The lat­ter con­tains the ru­ins of the church de­stroyed by storms in 1847 and some very in­ter­est­ing grave­stones, which re­flect the wealth of this vil­lage in times gone by. As a whole the vil­lage has an un­spoilt feel with many build­ings re­tain­ing their char­ac­ter. With your ex­plo­ration com­plete, take North­gate and pass­ing one of the old­est methodist chapels in Eng­land take the signed foot­path on your right. This path drops steeply to a road, cross this and con­tinue down­hill to­wards Heb­den Wa­ter, which is fol­lowed up­hill to a foot­bridge. Cross this bridge and fol­low a rough lane up to a road. Turn left and then right onto a signed bri­dle­way. This track leads onto a tar­mac lane. Turn right here and con­tinue up­hill. Fol­low this lane, which de­gen­er­ates into a track, for just over two kilo­me­tres as you pass through the beau­ti­ful val­ley of Crimsworth Dean. Leav­ing the wood­land be­hind, you reach open coun­try. Reach­ing a foot­path sign bear right down­hill. This path soon leads to Lumb Falls and a pretty bridge, which of­fers a per­fect spot for a pic­nic. Re­trace your steps up­hill to the derelict farm, The Nook. Go straight across with the ru­ins on your right and walk west along a walled lane cross­ing the flanks of Shack­le­ton Knoll. The mar dow at­tra Turn lane to th fork Crag as it matu Mill. river Wate at th ston Turn of th narr the y left, sign quic to re is fol the v strai sign and reac this Bear of tr tarm just left, righ top o outc far b plac drop Reac into chur

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