Geo-Trips :: Belthorn + Oswaldtwistle
Environs of Blackburn
A walk from Belthorn, Mon, 23 Dec 2019 by Chris Heaton
No walk near the eastern side Blackburn would be complete without homage to the Patron Saint of Grumpy Old Men and Proud of It Society - The Grandfather of Fellwalkers. The first two photographs are close to the walk, and concern the birthplace of Alfred Wainwright.
The walk itself began in the village Belthorn. Following the road north west to reach the B6332, the route then crossed the M65 to reach the outskirts of Blakburn in the suburb of Guide. The B6231, Lottice Lane, was taken to recross the M65 and into open country to a footpath slightly beyond 4 Lane Ends. The footpath crosses the B6236 by Duckworth Hall crossing pastures into woodland of stunted appearance.
A track then led into Oswaldtwistle, a community attached to the western edge of Accrington. Passing a large brick mill, now used for other purposes I reached the B6231 for the second time. Walking through Oswaldtwistle, mopping up geographs en route the road steeply climbed away from the town, rounding a dangerous corner to reach a footpath that took me across Duckworth Hill. Walking due south, initially on tarmac and then on an access track to Red Shell Farm. Beyond the farm the way became pretty grim, incredibly wet, muddy with more than its fair share of muck and manure.
It was with some relief when I reached Elton Road. From here upland pastures were crossed high above Pickup Reservoir, before contouring back to Belthorn Village.
Distance 7 miles
Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )
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331, Audley Range
Sharp eyed observers will notice a blue plaque between the front door and ground... more
Blue Plaque for A. Wainwright
Birthplace of Alfred Wainwright. Attached to the front edifice of No 331, Audley... more
Vine Mills, Oswaldtwistle
Partially demolished cotton spinning mill dating back from around 1875. Parts of... more
Parish Church of Immanuel, Oswaldtwistle
Large Victorian Church on New Lane, Oswaldtwistle photographed as the clock... more
Trig Point on Duckworth Hill
Surrounded by a personal moat, in the middle of a soggy pasture - this... more
Red Shell Lane
Seen here running northwards to Red Shell Farm. The bridleway was the consistency... more
Village of Belthorn
The community clings to Belthorn Road, which climbs on a steady gradient without... more
Access Lane to Higher Springfield Farm
Access lane from Belthorn Road, leading to Higher Springfield and Pulford Farms.... more