|Walk:||Hameldon Scouts, Peel Park and Monument, Huncoat, Leeds & Liverpool Canal|
|Start Point:||Mill Hill car park at Childers Green||Grid Reference:||SD 787 308|
|Distance:||9 miles||Ascent:||1300 feet|
|Weather:||Mixed dull, some sun, no rain and a bit windy, particularly on the higher sections|
A circular walk roughly following the old parish boundaries of the historic village of Huncoat, recorded in the 11th Century Domesday Book. Once an industrial area but now reverted to rural landscape with a fine variety of open spaces with higher panoramic views. This walk starts with a climb up onto the Hameldon Scouts with splendid views before visiting the Peel Park overlooking Accrington. Down to Huncoat to visit the old stocks and the more recent Peace Garden, before crossing the fields to the foot bridge over the M65 and then along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Leaving the canal at Higher Shuttleworth Bridge. Under the M65 and over the rail line to return to the car park via Castle Clough Wood.
The walk was devised by Roy Chetham in conjunction with: The Huncoat Community Forum, The Prospects Foundation and Hyndburn Borough Council.
The starting point
The trail passes through . . .
the woods at Childers Green
The two Brians traverse a damaged stile . . .
prior to a trek up Hameldon Scouts . . .
where quarrying once took place
The next part of the walk was from left to right at sky level . . .
on the Euro Constituency Boro Boundary
Hay view from Hameldon Scouts
Round the edge of the gorge with Great Hameldon in the background
The trail is well signed
It's a tight squeeze
On route to Peel Park
Peel Park Memorial, William Peel 1909 . . .
A view of Accrington . . .
from the monument in Peel Park
Brian putting the boot in
Strange shapes in Peel Park
An approach to Peel Park
A distant view of a chapel in the cemetery - across which the Huncoat Trail passes
Passed through Spout House Woods - next goal is the Stocks
Information about the Stocks . . .
and the Huncoat Trail
The Peace Garden . . .
Brian holds open a damaged gate
High steps over the M65
About to join the Leeds to Liverpool Canal at Altham
Marina on the canal
On the last leg of the trail