WALKING | Brinscall to Great Hill, Walking in the Lancashire Moors

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Circular walk, Brinscall to Great Hill

  • Start & End Point: Brinscall Swimming pool, PR6 8Q
  • Distance: approximately 5 miles / 8 km
  • Time Taken: approximately 2 hours
  • Elevation: 321 metres
  • Uphill: 1/5
  • Technicality: 0/5
  • Scenery rating: 4/5

Walk Summary

This is a superb gentle uphill walk, that provides incredible views in return for very little effort.

Walking Brinscall via White Coppice to Great HillThe single-track road leading from Brincsall car park up towards Anglezarke Moor

The Walk

Great Hill is in the West Pennine Moors, situated a few miles outside of Chorley and on a clear day it’s possible to see all the way to Welsh hills and the Lake District. It’s rare to get such far-reaching views from such a meagre climb, yet even on a dull overcast day, I found the views impressive.

Woodland on the way up

Parking up beside Brinscall swimming pool, I headed off up a single track road with beautiful woodland to one side, and sheep grazing in open fields on the other, heading up towards Great Hill.

Navigation is an absolute cinch on this walk, with clear paths that are easy to spot and follow, along with clear signage courtesy of the Ramblers Association.

Walking Brinscall via White Coppice to Great Hill

Walking Brinscall via White Coppice to Great HillHeading up the moor

Walking Brinscall via White Coppice to Great Hill


 The path up to Great Hill is clear and easy to follow all the way

Although the walk is uphill, it’s gentle rather than steep, making it an ideal introduction for those wishing to start hill walking. For a lazy Sunday afternoon, at just 5 miles the walk was ideal, with enough uphill bits to require a little effort, but not enough to make the walk at all challenging.

If you fancy a longer walk, you could take the same route, but continue up to Winter Hill, which at 456 metres marks the highest point in the area.

Walking Brinscall via White Coppice to Great Hill

Walking Brinscall via White Coppice to Great HillThe summit of Great Hill looking out towards Winter Hill

From the top of Great Hill the views, even on a dull day were stunning. When you reach to the top there are stone benches too, making it the ideal place to sit for a while and take a breather and enjoy the beautiful views.

White Coppice to Great Hill

Walking Brinscall via White Coppice to Great HillHeading back down from the Moor

This is a walk that I’m keen to do again, and is one that could readily be enjoyed numerous times. I’d love to return in the depths of winter with the moors covered in snow, all foggy and freezing. This was a great little walk I thoroughly enjoyed!

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DISCLAIMER: Please be aware that our route descriptions and ratings are based on our personal thoughts and experiences as new hill walkers with moderate fitness levels. A difficult walk for us might be a cinch for someone else, so we’d encourage you to always look at a number of different route descriptions and ratings to get a true reflection of a walk you’re planning to do. Never attempt a fell, hill or mountain walk without appropriate footwear, clothing, navigational equipment and hydration.  UK Mountain rescue teams do an incredible job and it’s up to us to ensure we are taking all precautions necessary to complete a walk safely!