Beacon Hill

Route info Medium
Distance 5miles (approx)
Time 3 hours (approx)
Low Point 100m (approx)
High Point 305m(approx)
Height gain 205m (approx)
Terrain Road, fields, fells
Bogs VERY BAD in places
Dogs Ok but on leads in places and some tough walls to get over for bigger dogs
Cow count 0+
Enjoyment rating (5 = best) ★★★★★

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*Calculated by Ordnance Survey GPS

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Health stats Approx
Steps taken 10,000
*Calories burned – 10 st – 140 lbs 400 cals
*Calories burned – 18 st – 252 lbs 700 cals

*Calories burned uses this calculator and is worked out as though we are walking ‘level’.  If inclines were added it should be higher.



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Route description

Holden-waterfallBeacon Hill (not to be confused with Beacon Fell) near the hamlet of Holden has a trig point I have not visited yet, despite it being near Grindleton Fell, which I have been to a few times, so I thought I’d check it out.

I parked up opposite Holden Garden Centre and walked south, after a short distance you can hear the sound of rushing water, but I saved the waterfall till the end of the walk, so turned right through the small gate and walked around the right-hand side of the house.

The path was muddy and ascended steadily passed more farms, interesting named ‘Fat Hill’ and ‘Priest Bigginss’.  I eventually emerged on Smalden Lane and turned left and walked towards the parking spot  marked on the Ordnance Survey map.  Here it’s a right turn onto the fell and I then followed the drystone wall along the permissive footpath for nearly a mile.

A stile on the left takes you off this path and onto Grindleton Fell but the marker posts take you away from the marked footpath on the map.  I went with it and it seemed like a reasonable redirection, but found myself up to my knees in bogs at one point.

The detour emerges at a track called ‘Shivering Ginnel’ which is still really muddy and boggy in parts but will probably be fine in summer.  This track leads to the trig point on Beacon Hill where there are excellent views of Pendle Hill and the further Pennines.

From here the route takes you off the fell back towards Smalden Lane and at the reservoir it’s a left turn and a short walk before taking a right onto a marked footpath.  This ‘path’ was more like a stream but I’m sure it’ll be fine in summer.

I was happy to emerge at a farm called ‘Higher Heights’ and from here I made my way back down to Holden.  Look out for ‘Lower Laithe’ on the OS map.

Once back in Holden I decided to take a look at the waterfall.  I’ve been before and have to say it is one of the Forest of Bowland’s most impressive waterfalls.  But it is tricky to get down to with some scrambling down to the river.  If you’re with your dog it might be best to save this for another day and you can still get a glimpse of it from the path.

On this route
Holden, Fat Hill, Priest Biggins, White Stones, Cottams, Smalden Lane, Grindleton, Shivering Ginnel (Track), Beacon Hill, Reservoir, Smalden Lane, Higher Heights, Lower Laithe, Holden Waterfall.