4 Peaks Challenge Walk

Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in Activity, Walk | 3 comments

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A 16.5 mile walk starting and ending in Chorley, taking in the 4 highest hills in the area, with some cracking views to boot!

┬áBefore you ask! Yes! I have completed the whole walk, therefore I can confirm the feet begin to hurt a little by the end. Our starting point was St Peter’s Club on Eaves Lane, ducking down under the M61 then out into open farmland.

Healey Nab being our first hill of the day, covered with a small plantation of trees.

Off Healey Nab down onto the road towards Anglezarke Res, and along the shoreline turning right towards Upper Rivington Res, then a left skirting Yarrow Res until Horrobin Lane, take a left up Sheephouse Lane then signposted Rivington Hall Barn.

From Rivington Hall Barn follow the path and strike out for Rivington Pike, which we all know you can’t miss, so you could alter your route to suit.

Once on Rivington Pike drop off the top heading for Pike Cottage (dog kennels), turn left and follow the path heading for Two Lads, join the road heading up to Winter Hill mast!

Past the mast stay left and follow the road until the trig point is reached. From there follow the fence line until meeting the old dry stone wall that leads down to Hordern Stoops.

Across Hordern Stoops and up onto Hordern Pasture, Spitlers Edge and Redmonds Edge heading for Great Hill and a sit down in the weather shelter.

Leaving Great Hill for White Coppice via Drinkwaters staying with the leftside path at the fork. Down into White Coppice past the cricket club, taking the path along side the reservoir.

Back onto the road take a left and past Bagganley Farm around Knowley, pick up the B6228 over the M61 motorway for the second time, left at the roundabout, and there you have it.

16.5 miles! Don’t know what the record is… but who cares in any weather it’s a workout.

Remember always take a map!

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  1. I have always intended on doing the 4 Peaks but I am more of a cyclist, I tried Great Hill on a bike an found it too difficult so I think I’ll try and walk this instead.

  2. Did a very similar route two weeks ago, but just cut the corner off (from anglezarke watersmans cottage cut across to white coppice down the goit then up to drinkwaters farm and Gt hill) the boggy ground near splinters edge is dangerous at the moment, two us tried jumping over puddles only to land knee deep in mud ! very alarming when it happens to you. dont venture up there alone, its not a firm as it looks.

    Great ramble though 12.5 mile in the icy cold .

    • Great hill just seems to keep going, you think you’ve reached the top and then there is another peak in front of you. I think I’ll wait until Summer before I head up that way again as its too muddy otherwise.


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