Rawtenstall Whitaker Park - Rossendale Ski Slope - Cribden Hill - Cribden Moor

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Starting from Whittaker Park car park, the walk begins by passing through Ski Rossendale, a venue that is known countrywide by skiers. From the start of the walk there is a sharp climb through the ski slope and it then levels out along a broad, well-made path over the top of the ski slope to the third waymark.

From there it winds its way upwards again towards the highest point visible, Cribden Hill, passing through Cribden End Farm before the very sharp final ascent to the top of the hill, where a beacon is situated. This was built for the 400th anniversary of the Spanish Armada in 1988.

From this point there are splendid views all around and on a clear day it is reputed that Blackpool Tower can be spotted! These views continue as the walk turns northward along the broad ridge of the hill. At that point there is a crossing of a rough piece of moorland, where a compass would be helpful but not necessary, before beginning to drop down on the western side of the hill towards the valley below.

The rest of the walk consists of field-paths, some quite rough, plus tracks which pass by farms and small clusters of houses, back to Waymark 03 at the top of the ski slope.

England - North England - Lancashire - Countryside


Great Views, Hills or Fells, Museum, Play Area, Pub, Toilets, Wildlife
17/03/2018 - Jim Grindle

I did the first part of this walk in March 2018 and while the directions are still easy to follow, there are a number of changes. Between 4 and 7 there is now a bridleway so all references to stiles should now be to metal bridleway gates. The prominent stone at 5 now has a blue arrow on it. The white marker at 7 is now a finger-post. The stile at 8 is now a kissing gate and the beacon has gone. I have new photos and a fully revised text which I have forwarded to Walkingworld in case Walter Waide wishes to use them for an update.

03/09/2012 - Alec Jackson

Just did the walk today. Was put off by 'Strenuous' description at first but having done a number of walks in the area and looking at the inclines using Memory-Map decided to give it a go. Would have thought 'Moderate'might be a better description as once you have reached the top of the hill at WM8 it becomes a lot easier. WARNING NOTICE. The wall stile encountered at WM13 has electric fencing around it which is bare in places.

03/09/2012 - Alec Jackson

Good walk for dogs. Several stone stiles to be negotiated so may not be suitable for larger dogs which may have to be lifted over.

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