Time 2 - 3 hours
Map: OS Explorer 287 The West Pennine Moors.
Map by kind permission of Johnston Press
As you near the edge of the estate take a ginnel on the left
leading to the A59. Cross with care - the sight lines are good on this busy road. On the far side enter a large field by a stile in a wooden fence.
This pasture gives a sense of elevation and allows you to pick out many landmarks across the Ribble Valley. To continue head down the hill to a stone bridge
in scattered trees slightly to the left. Over the bridge bear right to climb a rise to a stile.
Over this follow a fence line on the left close to an equestrian centre. Keep ahead in the next field continuing to a corner on the left where the path meets Northcote Road.
Immediately after crossing the stile turn right onto the farm drive way to Suddell's farm.
Follow the track until just before the farm
then cross a stile on the right. Bear slightly right to cross a flat bridge over a brook
and then cross the field on the other side again bearing slightly right
to reach Old Langho Road.
and then turn left in the direction of Hacking Hall Farm.
As the drive drops down a slope onto the flood plain
the path keeps to the right of the farm and hall to intercept a track 100yds to the right of the complex. Cross a stile on the far side of the track
to join the River Ribble at its confluence with the River Calder.
Turn left. Passing in front of the imposing Hacking Hall
follow the path to reach the edge of woods.
After crossing a stile
the path divides. Take the left branch of the path. This climbs through woods to a field close to Brockhall Farm to the right.
Aiming to the right end of a large semi detatched house opposite
cross the farm drive and follow the hedge on the left
to a stile. Here a stile leads onto a green lane
with extensive playing fields on the right. It soon becomes apparent that these are part of Blackburn Rovers Football Academy - the entrance of which you pass on the right.
Keep on the path as it leads to a footbridge
over Dinckley Brook. On the far side as the path reaches fields
turns left and follow the enclosed path past a ruined barn. Keep on it
until you arrive at a farmyard at Craven Fold.
Turn left onto the farm drive
leading down to the cluster of buildings at Aspinalls. As you reach the lane turn left
following a track to a stile next to a metal gate.
In the large field bear right aiming for an isolated tree.
This course brings you to the edge of a steep slope leading down to a footbridge
over Dinckley Brook. On the far side climb up the slope
soon following a fence line to the left. After levelling out keep to the right of holiday lodges and soon after
reach Old Langho Road close to the Black Bull. Turn left passing Old langho Church on the left
and then right into Northcote Road.
From here there is a road walk of just under a mile to the A59. Northcote Manor is to the left of the road just before the A59 and as can be seen is an alternative starting place. When you reach the A59 use a traffic island to cross to the parking place.