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Though I've placed this walk in the 'Rambles Around Rossendale' section it does actually cover bits of the Burnley area as well, but here seemed appropriate as I had actually started my walk from inside the Rossendale Boundary.

On Sunday 12th of May 2019 the weather was warm and sunny again after what had been a cool and at times slightly damp week, and I had been toying with having a crack at the annual 14 mile Whitworth Skyline Walk which was also taking place that day, but not having done any really long walks for some time following a nasty back injury, I was a bit wary about 'flogging' myself over such a long route without getting a few shorter walks under my belt first. The idea for a walk up Hameldon and Great Hameldon Hills had been born the previous week when I passed by there on the bus to Skipton, and on seeing the various aerial masts up at the top of the hill, it reminded me that prior to injuring my back I was in the middle of a project to photograph all of the local TV and Radio Transmitting Sites in the area (which can be found HERE:). I decided that I could get some shots of the BBC Radio Lancashire Medium Wave transmitter, which is located up there, plus the Met Office Weather Radar Station and other TV and phone masts at the same time, so that became my object for the day's walk.

My walk began in Dunnockshaw and then proceeded along to Clowbridge Reservoir where the Rossendale Sailing Club are based, and I had thought about adding a walk around there as well, which would have given me a total walk of around 10 miles, but on seeing lots of interesting looking places in the Crawshawbooth, Loveclough, Goodshaw and Dunnockshaw areas on my way up there, I decided that I could make that a separate walk on another day, which is what I will do in the near future.

My trip up to Hameldon Hill started opposite the reservoir, and involved a very picturesque and steep route up to the transmitter site, and I spent quite a bit of time photographing the various aerials, which can be found in the 'Aerial Gallery'. There was a Trig Point just to the rear of the weather station and I naturally paid it a visit, though it wasn't too accessible due to the fencing around there, and I would have had to climb over the barbed wire to get a shot of the number on it, so I had to be content with a shot from the rear. Next I decided to head up to the higher 'Great Hameldon Hill' which is some 409 metres/1341ft asl, and which offers a spectacular view over the Accrington, Blackburn, Burnley and Pendle areas, and which I had often looked up at from the railway station in Accrington and thought that I must climb it one day. What a view it was and well worth the effort, I even made a 180 degree panorama shot of this which can be found in the 'Panorama Gallery'. The most notable landmark visible from there was Pendle Hill, some 8 miles to the north, an area famous for its infamous Pendle Witch trials back in the 17th century, and of course not forgetting Sabden, which is also famous for its Treacle Mines. You could even see right up to the North Yorkshire Moors and this location offers a great view of just how spectacular the Lancashire and Pennine Hill regions really are.

All in all a very enjoyable walk and great to be out in the hills again, and best of all I had no ill effects this time and my back and caused me no problems in spite of the rough terrain, so I will now hopefully be doing a lot more walking again in the coming months. More information on this area can be found HERE:


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