Saturday, 9th April 2011


Walk: White Coppice, Great Hill, Round Loaf, Black Hill Lower, Devils Ditch, Pike Stones, Anglezarke Reservoir
Start Point: White Coppice cricket club Grid Ref: SD 619 190
Distance: 6.7 miles Ascent: 1,400 feet
Weather: Sunny and warm
Accompanied by:

On my own

Comments: Another afternoon of exploration on Anglezarke Moor, I set out from a busy White Coppice to climb Great Hill, a 40 minute 900 foot gradual ascent. After a short spell on the flag stones I crossed the fence stile and took the faint path in the direction of Round Loaf, a Megalithic burial mound. From here I made my way towards Devil's Ditch, the object of the day. I soon found myself on a raised area known as Black Hill Lower and a clear path followed a ditch, of sorts, to the corner of the forest at Limestone Brook. Later research suggested that Devil's Ditch could have been a boundary used during the Neolithic/Bronze Age explorations of upland areas. Continuing on beside the forest I visited the Pikestones and was pleased to see that the graffiti on the stones had been removed. After passing Jepson's Gate I headed across the fields towards Manor House and was surprised to find the path completely blocked by a large construction at the farm across the road from Manor House. It was possible to walk around the construction but I would have expected to see signs relating to the new building. From here I dropped down to Anglezarke Reservoir and a pleasant walk back to the car.


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Round Loaf from Great Hill, looking quite desolate


Zooming in on Winter Hill


Approaching Round Loaf


Great Hill from Round Loaf


Looking back to Round Loaf from Black Hill Lower . . .


and across to Winter Hill and Rivington Pike, just visible on the right


Devil's Ditch runs in this direction . . .


but there isn't much of a ditch there


The Pike Stones . . .


with most of the graffiti removed


Winter Hill and Rivington Pike from just below Jepson's Gate


The Manor House


Anglezarke Reservoir


Dean Black Brook

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