Serving almost as a sentinel for the Ribble Valley Mellor Moor is the highest point on a wedge of countryside somewhat confined by three major roads. Perhaps this accounts for the fact it is so little visited. Once again we have a secret countryside a stone’s throw away from a major urban centre – Blackburn. This route from the hill top village of Mellor will give the reader a good taste of what the area has to offer.
Start: Mellor village centre. From junction 31 M6 follow A59 towards Clitheroe. After Bae Samlesbury turn right at Mellor Brook and follow signs for Mellor.
Fact file: Distance: 8k 5 miles
Time: 2 - 3 hours
Summary: Mud alert. This undulating route contains some serious patches of mud after wet weather. Either go after a dry spell or when there is hard frost on the ground.
Map: OS Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors
Map by kind permission of the Blackpool Gazette
Directions: Walking along Mellor Lane pass the Millstone Inn on the left
and after the war memorial turn right
to reach a metal gate leading out on pasture. Bear right on a path leading over a brow and then dropping to a stile in a corner.
Continue downhill to reach another corner. Here turn right to quickly reach a farm drive.
Turn right. This leads to Abbot Brow.
Turn left and then after 100 metres turn right onto a footpath leading uphill.
After crossing a wooden stile
aim for a direction finder built to celebrate the millennium. The trig point is nearby.
At just 223 metres this is a fine viewpoint over the Ribble Valley and Fylde Plain.
Pendle Hill now provides a useful guide for the next part of the walk. Cross a wooden stile beyond the trig point
and bear diagonally left to reach a stile in a wall at the far corner.
(Sometimes guarded by a cow!) Continue on this line to cross a drive by a pair of stiles
and then bear right to reach a stile by a upright stone flag.
Cross this and then turn left through a stone squeeze stile to aim to the right of cottages. Cross the lane to a wooden footbridge
and on entering a large garden follow waymark signs around a sunken lawn turning right over a stile on the far side.
Immediately turn left through a metal gate and follow the path with a brook (hidden by trees but audible) on the left. A stile and footbridge leads out to a more open aspect then path leading to another stile set in holly.
Across a gully some limbo dancing may be needed to scramble under a fallen tree.
Cross the next meadow to a stile and then in the next field bear left on a path dropping towards Midge Hall.
About 100 metres from the edge of the property turn right cross a shallow gully and continue to a holly enclosed stile.
After this turn left towards another property and then right along a green lane.
As this enters open land keep ahead passing an isolated oak tree to a wooden footbridge.
Cross this and the next field and then turn right
to follow the fence around to Hagg Hall.
At Hagg Hall Follow the farm drive
as it leads uphill past dilapidated huts to reach Ramsgreave Hall. Keep ahead through the yard and turn right through a wicket gate
onto a footpath leading round to a stile by the drive. Do not cross but turn left to cross the field to Higher Ramsgreave Road.
On the lane turn left and then after 50 metres right onto a narrow path
that soon leads downhill. Keep on this with the field boundary to the left.
After the path dips to cross a brook climb to a stile and then turn right. Not far away you will be aware of the busy Blackburn ring road to your left.
For the next half hour or so you will follow a parallel course to this. The path leads past Blackburn RFC to reach Lammack Lane.
Here turn right and then left over a pair of stiles leading to a large field.
Bear left to follow the field boundary to the rear of Bullion Moss.
Despite encouragement to think otherwise the right of way leads through the yard and onto Whinney Lane.
After 100 metres turn left onto a farm drive.
This leads down to a large improved property
and then on a deteriorating track to a large unimproved property.
Pass this bearing right on a track leading uphill. After a stile follow a watercourse with a fence on the left.
Hereabouts we encountered serious mud on checking the route. It may be best to follow the gully to its right
until you arrive at the brow before Ottie Green Farm.
At the farm go through a gate onto its drive and follow round to the left
to reach Nickey Lane.
Turn right for the village centre.