This walk is a simple 2.6 mile loop starting and finishing at the Mercer Memorial Clock, Town Gate, Great Harwood (Post Code BB6 7DD). The first half features a steady uphill from the start, but the good news is it is all downhill on the second half! The majority is walking on pavements and paths although there is a small section where you will be walking on a road with 30/40mph limit.
Setting off from the clock (which was built in 1900), head across Blackburn Road and past the Duke of Wellington pub, turning left onto Delph Road. From here follow the road over the roundabout where it becomes Edge End Road and goes past the Commercial pub. The road leads up past a children’s play area on your right and finally becomes Clinkham Road.
Clinkham Road rises steadily with views on your left over Great Harwood, Accrington, Rishton and towards Blackburn. You will pass Belmont Farm on your right and as you near the top, the road bears round to the right and you will see views across to Pendle Hill through the farm gate. At the end of the road it meets with Blackburn Old Road & Smalley Thorn Brow, care needs to be taken here crossing to Billinge Woods that you see across the road, it is a stretch of road where the speed limit changes from 60 to 40mph as vehicles head into Great Harwood.
Once you are safely across the road there is a path that clearly leads straight ahead and down into the woods, it bears right at the bottom and joins a tarmac path. Follow this with the fence on your left hand side and you will see views over Dean Clough Reservoir towards Billington and Whalley. Ahead of you, you will see Pendle Hill in the background, the smaller hill nearest to you is Bowley Hill. Follow the path through the gate and then onto the next gate.
As you exit this gate, turn left down the hill. This short section will be on the road so take care again. Once you reach the pavement follow this past the Great Harwood Cricket Club and as you carry on down the hill (which is now Cliffe Lane) you will see the Dog and Otter pub on your left – this serves good food and good beer so it’s worth a stop should you need refreshment! After passing the Dog and Otter walk down Cliffe Lane until you get to Lowerfold Park, turn right walking down Lowerfold Road with the park on your left until you get to the junction with Church Street. Turn right onto Church Street walking past the zebra crossing and as you carry on you will see the Clock Tower ahead of you and the end of the walk. You will pass the Cross Axes pub, then cross over Delph road past the Duke of Wellington and then finally back across the zebra crossing where you started. If you are looking for a good beer, cider or glass of wine at the end of the walk, then it’s worth popping round the corner and visiting the 1BTap micro bar on Glebe Street – just make sure you check out it’s opening hours so you’re not dissapointed!