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West Pennine Way

74 km / 46 miles

Blackburn, Gtr Manchester, Lancashire
The West Pennine Moors has always been Greenmount Village Community Hiking Group's favourite walking area. The idea of creating a West Pennine Moors walk with a link to the Pennine Way came after members had walked the Pennine Way. The project has raised some funding, with a route described and provided online on the link below. Further funding is being sought for waymarking with the aim of the route being added to OS maps

The route provides a strenuous circuit of the West Pennine Moors with 7000ft of ascent and is described in six sections, each at or near access and facilities in the form of a village, car park or visitor centre, Starting near Greenmount village the first section heads west to Jumbles Reservoir via Affetside. Next passing Dimple Hall and Delph Reservoir it crosses the A675 near Belmont. The next stage acends Winter Hill and around Smithills Moor and Rivington Moor to reach Rivington Barn. Then passing Yarrow and Anglezarke reservoirs it crosses Anglezarke Moor and heads north to Trockholes (visitor centre). Then ascending Darwen Hill it traverses moorlands around Darwen to Pickup Bank and meets the Rossendale Way to Clough Head (visitor centre). The final stage goes between Ogden and Holden Wood Reservoirs to cross Musden Head Moor and Holcombe Moor and Narcles Hill.

A 15-mile described link across the valleys and moors to the Pennine Way has added an extra challenge to those doing the Pennine Way.

The route has been renamed - it was formerly West Pennine Moors Way.


Path Type
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Challenging; Moorland
Start and Finish
SD772144 - Greenmount Golf Club, Greenmount, Lancashire
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West Pennine Way GPX Exchange Format Route File
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West Pennine Way Memory Map Route File
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Route Profile:

75.3 Km (46.8 miles)
2,226 m (7,303 ft) ascent
453 m (1,486 ft)  maximum height