522 Blacko

Monuments are usually built on hilltops to be seen. But Blacko Tower is different, for Jonathon Stansfield built it as a vantage point to look into Ribblesdale. On its completion in 1890 he stood on top and alas there was no sign of Ribblesdale. Giving a shrug he said "I've never drunk nor smoked in my life, so am making this my hobby". Today's walk encircles the landmark, though the tower itself remains tantalisingly out of bounds. It's a shame he didn't leave it to the National Trust for everyone to enjoy.

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LOCATION: Barrowford, one mile north of M65 Junction 13
START: Pendle Heritage Centre car park, café, toilets
Grid ref: SD863399 Postcode: BB9 6JH
DISTANCE: 6 miles
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: Landranger 103 Explorer OL - South Pennines or Forest of Bowland
NOTE: Heritage Centre open daily
REFRESHMENTS: Heritage Centre, Cross Gaits & Moorcock Inn
EN ROUTE: Leeds & Liverpool Canal

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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