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With the snow on Thursday and Friday I was keen to get out on Saturday and thought it may be a good chance to visit Great Hameldon - quite a prominent summit in the East Lancashire area.
Stretched the walk out to include visits to Goodshaw Hill, White Hill and Hameldon Hill.
Light winds and blue skies with snow on the fells but lot's of mud elsewhere.
- The route from Hapton follows the Burnley Way through farmland and forest
- The quarried Northern side of Great Hameldon - I took a direct route up through here
- Higher up the quarry works
- Eventually you reach a plateau with the bump of Great Hameldon ahead
- Great Hameldon Trig Point looking to Pendle Hill
- Hameldon Hill and it's Radar Station ahead. It's an easy enough walk from here but I had a longer route planned so would be visiting here later.
- Ridge ahead to Goodshaw Hill. Probably the muddiest bit of the day and a bit of a trudge.
- Backto Great Hameldon from Goodshaw Hill
- Descending to Goodshaw on the Rossendale Way. Lovely and snowy here and a really good descent.
- From Goodshaw I continued to follow the Rossendale Way as it headed back up towards White Hill.
- At Compston's Cross the Way turns off but better tracks lead to White Hill and around the moors in the area.
A lot of work has gone into making walking and cycling routes on this part of the moor and has made them very accessible.
- Approaching White Hill - the highest point of this bit of moor - on the 'White Hill Circuit'
- Thievely Pike from White Hill
- Boulsworth Hill - the highest of the South Pennines
- Descending on the good track to Clowbridge Reservoir with Nutshaw Hill ahead.
Nutshaw is really a part of Hameldon Hill and I planned to use this to reascend.
Unfortunately the top is surrounded by a series of electric fences - obviously designed to keep livestock away from the quarry. I tried to find a route around this but gave up and descended back to Lower Nutshaw.
- Back on the Burnley Way which I followed to Hameldon Hill
- Trig Point on Hameldon Hill and Radar Station. Very similar kind of summit to nearby Winter Hill.
- Looking down the access road to Clowbridge Reservoir and White Hill
- On the Burnley Way with Great Hameldon in front again and the Bowland hills behind
- Descending around Great Hameldon with Pendle Hill in view again.
The tracks here had been churned up by motorbikes.
It's obviously a popular hill for these and a bit of a nuisance but rather it be on Great Hameldon than Great Gable I guess!