JOHN LENEHAN devises a route through quarried hillsides to find open moors and stunning views
Looking from the A679 near the junction of the A56, the craggy face of Hameldon Scouts seems particularly dramatic. It appears to be one continuous vertical cliff and not a place to venture but when viewed close up it can be breached.
It is actually a series of quarried faces carved out of the steep sided northern flank of Great Hameldon that rises to 1343ft (409 metres) above Accrington. I worked out a route that took in both and enjoyed a fantastic high level walk with open moor and stunning views.
1Leave the car park and turn left towards Accrington and then turn left into Hameldon Road and follow this uphill. Ignore the first set of footpath signs that point left and right away from the road and keep on until a sign saying Barley Heights.on the left and opposite on the right is a metal gate with a gate stile. Cross the stile and keep straight on with a wall on the right until a small path appears on the left heading straight up to Hamledon Scouts. Take the path and follow it passing some derelict buildings on the right and eventually the path joins a track that passes two
steel posts. Ignore the path that leads left and carry on steeply up towards the Scouts. The track joins another track going left and right with a hollow in front.
Note: The derelict building on the right of the path and ahead further over right is a strange long-sided structure. These are the remains of an army rifle range.
2Turn left and almost immediately take a small path right leading uphill then keep on the path as it bears left then climbs very steeply before turning right by a pile of stones (built as a guide) and