Mawdesley and Harrock Hill Windmill

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This is a very pleasant and undemanding walk through pastures and along some lanes to a hill which is a superb viewpoint, taking in the Lake District and the Pennines across the flat Lancashire plain from which it rises. The paths are well-signposted, so that finding the way is not difficult and there is an opportunity for refreshments part-way round as well as at the end. There are several pubs in the village as well as a general store and a small cafe, while the car park by the village hall is well-used by locals.

England - North England - Lancashire - Countryside

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Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Tea Shop, Wildlife, Woodland
15/08/2018 - Gary Gray

We did this walk today Mawdesley and Harrock Hill. In general good guide and a nice walk with some good views. Plenty of wildlife about. However the issue was the parking at the start. Followed Jims instructions and drove down into the car parks next to the school. When you drive down the driveway the Village hall is on the right and has a large car park, with a sign saying `these car parks are for the village hall and Tennis club. Which lead you to think its the one directly outside the hall Ahead is the British Legion with a car park saying for members only. On the left of the lane opposite the Village hall is a 2/3 small (6 bay) car parks, with no signs. As I parked I noticed on the fence a small paper notice saying private parking Village hall only. As I parked I saw a woman come from the hall and put a piece of paper on two car windows already parked there. The paper said the same private parking I asked the woman if we could park there. The short version is. The car parks on the left also belong to the Village Hall and Tennis club and therefore private. The village halls insurance does not cover people not attending the hall or tennis club so they discourage people parking, in case anything happens to the cars etc and liability etc . They have noticed an increase in walkers using it of late, I promised the woman I would email you. ( Asked her if we could park there, she said she could not give me permission but was going home. So we parked there, did not take anyones place or cause an obstruction, nor damage anyones car etc) There is a sign at the start of the drive, (attached). If the parking is a problem and I was them I would get some bigger signs made. Also I bet all the mums use the car park when picking up the kiddies.

08/08/2012 - Walkingworld Admin

Our thanks to Jim Grindle for his update and new photo for this walk. August 2012. Adrian (Admin)

31/01/2012 - Julian Edwards

Lovely walk but avoid if it has been very wet as its a bit of a mud bath. The tracks are well used and in places thick glutinous mud.....Not impassable but certainly not cafe friendly.

02/06/2009 - Jim Grindle

The signpost at Wm 1 has been replaced. Jim G.

23/05/2009 - angela mckay

Just done this walk today with my 2 dogs and 11 year old daughter and it was fab... even she enjoyed it and said it was a fun walk. Quite wet and boggy in places but that is only to be expected due to all the recent rain. Will defo do this walk again.

27/06/2006 - Walkingworld Administrator

This walk was updated June 2006. Thanks go to Ann Pomfret.

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