A circular walk from Rimington
distance 6.81 miles : time 3 - 4 hours
walk from Rimington to Downham
the parking place walk towards the Black Bull; the FP starts 200
yd down the road after the pub at the stile opposite the last cottage.
Walk straight down the middle of the field to the stile at the
bottom left hand corner. Keep to the right of Windhill Laithe Cottages
and squeeze through the stone stile. After the house bear left
to the stile; the track leads down to Hollins Farm. At the farm
carry straight on uphill to pass the site of the old silver mines,
after which bear left after the stile and follow the fence on the
left to the road at Ings End.
At the road turn left and look for the stone stile on the right
after 100 yd. Walk downhill to the stile, onto the footbridge over
Ings Beck, and then uphill to find the stile by the side of the
stream. Following the stream to the right is a gentle uphill walk
to a stone stile. Follow the stone wall to its end (ignore the
stile at the end) and carry on to the stone stile at the corner
of the field. Turn immediately right and walk in front of Clough
Head to meet the track at the bridge over the beck. (60
up the road for 20 yd and turn left up the rough track. After
200 yd the track turns sharp right. Pendle Hill is now directly
ahead and panoramic views to the north and east appear. When
the track turns left carry straight on over the stone stile towards
Pendle across the rough fell. Just before Coolham squeeze through
the stone stile in the stone wall at the left hand corner of
the field and follow the stone wall down to the house; the track
leads to the road.
At the road turn right; the FP starts on the left just after the
row of cottages. The FP follows the stone wall on the left and
carries on high above the beck. At Brownlow there is a steep descent
to the footbridge; follow the beck for 20 yd and bear left to find
a second footbridge over the beck.
Go straight uphill following the wall on the right to meet the track to Ravens Holme. The FP continues to the left just before the house and follows the fence on the right to a high stone stile. The path goes around the back of Hecklin Farm and on towards Hollins Farm. The route goes to the left of a small new plantation in front of Hollins Farm to meet another high stone stile. From here on a concessionary footpath is waymarked which avoids Clay House. After the stile go straight ahead to the small barn in the distance. At the barn turn right to follow the footpath to Downham. After Clay House the path follows the beck over a series of fields and stiles. The path emerges in Downham; turn right for the Assheton Arms. (80 min)
at the old post office walk about 400 yd down the road; the FP
starts on the left about 150 yd after the row of cottages. Walk
over the fields and cross the stiles in the direction of the
farm complex in the distance. The footpath waymarkers lead to
a footbridge over the beck below the house. Bear right and generally
follow the beck to the next footbridge and stile. Walk straight
ahead uphill to the next stile. Waymarkers show a concessionary
route avoiding Stubs Wood. After walking downhill to the stile
close to the white caravan, turn left for 10 yds to find the
kissing gate into the field. Walk down the middle of the field
to Bustards Farm. Turn right at the road to the Black Bull. (50 min)
Assheton Arms in Downham
For opening times, please refer to the website.
Please note that The Black Bull in Rimington has now closed permanently.
Parking is found Rimington and Downham in both villages and the walk could start from either one.
The village of Downham is noted for its unspoilt nature; no TV aerials, electricity or telephone wires along the road, or double yellow lines. As such it has often been used for period pieces in the cinema (Whistle down the Wind) or TV.
Rimington lies close to the site of a lead/silver mine in the middle ages whose remains can be seen just after Hollins Farm. The name Rimington is well known in church music circles; having been given to a hymn tune.
The walk in the shadow of Pendle is over green country side and a little fellside. The sound of running water in the numerous becks is never too far away. This makes for a pleasant walk all year round.