The Krozzes

Great Hill - White Coppice Circular

I started this walk from the top carpark at Rivington SD 638149. I made my way up a stony track up towards the Pigeon Tower. I paused halfway up the track for a snap of Anglezarke reservoir below.

I made my way up to a well metalled track called Belmont Road near the Pigeon Tower. Unfortunately for me about  1/2  mile of this track was still under about  50cm  of snow which  made for heavy going.I continued along Belmont road to Horden stoops where I crossed a minor road and made my way up to Hordern Pasture.
The path was quite firm and still frozen in parts and I stopped for a lunch break taking shelter from the wind behind a dry stone wall with a view of Winter Hill and the array of communication masts.

As I made my way across the moor, over Redmonds Edge, Great Hill came in to view with  the shelter at the summit just visible  as a dot on the horizon.
Soon the path became much easier walking as it was paved with large stone slabs all the way to Great Hill. I made the short climb up to the summit and was rewarded with fantastic views across mid Lancashire with Ingleborough on the horizon and Darwen Tower off to the right.
I then took a path down towards White Coppice which was a little wet and boggy in places where the snow had melted.
Before I reached the car park at White Coppice I turned sharp left and made my way along a good path towards Anglezarke reservoir. On my way I spotted a tree which appeared to have an antelope perched in the branches.
My route continued southward along the eastern edge of Anglezarke reservoir.

On leaving the reservoir edge I made my way on paths through several fields and lanes back to the car park.  I was surprised how the snow was piled up on either side of the road on my way home leaving just enough room for a car to squeeze between.


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