348 Top of Leach

Summits are very special places. Prehistoric man buried his dead on hilltops and to reach them mountaineers risk life and limb. So it's hardly surprising that to celebrate the formation of Rochdale's new borough they built a five-sided pillar at Top of Leach. It makes a grand objective for a moorland walk, but if you're a bit on the short side take a strong companion, you'll need one to lift you up to see the topograph - it's designed for giants.

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LOCATION: Between Rawtenstall and Bacup
START: Turn off A681 at Waterfoot. Picnic site signed up Cowpe Rd.
Grid ref: SD833215 Postcode: BB4 7BY
DISTANCE: 5 miles
GRADE: Moderate
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - South Pennines Landranger 103 & 109
REFRESHMENTS: Pack a flask
EN ROUTE: Cowpe Low, Rossendale Way, Rooley Moor

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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