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
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