Parbold - Hilldale - Fairy Glen - Parbold

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This walk starts in the village of Parbold, at the foot of Parbold Hill. It is one of many walks that can be taken over and around the hill, which is criss-crossed with public footpaths. Parbold Hill is only about 130 metres high but is prominent because it is the first hill of any kind inland of the flat, south-west Lancashire Plain. The land falls away on all sides and offers distant all-round views on a clear day. Snowdonia is sometimes visible, over 100km away, especially on a clear day in winter when there is snow lying on the peaks. It is said that, on a summer's day, just after dawn with the sun low down behind you, Snaefell may be seen on the Isle of Man to the north-west. But the writer has never been up early enough to find out!

The walk is flat at first, out of the village and across farmland and woods then, after a short but unavoidable bit of road walking (about 500m), climbs to the top of the hill, giving ever more expansive views as you go. Those wishing to gain height more quickly can start the walk at Waymark 6, parking at Hilldale Village Hall. The walking is easy on top, though it can be muddy, with great views and alternating between open farmland and woodland paths. There is then a gradual descent through Fairy Glen followed again by open farmland and woods, with a short section (about 1km) along the Leeds to Liverpool canal.

England - North England - Lancashire - Countryside

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Great Views, Pub, Public Transport, Woodland

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16.2 Miles