Redmond’s Edge

Where is it? Tockhole, Near Darwen, Lancashire

In which Area?: The West Pennine Moors

How high is it?: 1,230 feet (approx)

Write up
As sure as eggs are eggs you probably wouldn’t climb up Redmond’s Edge without incorporating it into a much larger walk! In essence the key features of Redmond’s Edge are what you can see of other peaks and in other areas. It’s true that the views across the moorland to the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, The Forest of Bowland, Blackpool, The Cheshire plains and (on an extremely good day) North Wales are breath-taking and spectacular. But by the same token almost every hill in the immediate vicinity offers the same views…save for one – nowhere else on this swathe of land are the views of Spitler’s Edge rising and dropping and leading onto Winter Hill quite so…awesome!

Approaching from the east off the A675 is an arduous task, not that the terrain is particularly steep, just awkward! Here peat prevails, mud is the master and grass is but a garnish… with no real structure to it. Snaking its’ way over the flattest of all summits is a drystone wall in a state that could only be referred to as: needing repair – from a distance one maybe forgiven (hopefully) for thinking that one is approaching an ancient hilltop relic or perhaps the remains of a bronze age fort or settlement, nearby hills do have these present. On closer inspection the pragma is that you’ve been walking towards a wall that is essentially falling down over time!

Within the immediate area are many furrows, ditches and the odd ravine (although nothng as impressive as the one at Parlick) which can catch the eye if not always the attention; for it pays to follow AW’s advice in earnest here – watch the ground beneath your feet. This is not, I repeat NOT an area that should be explored in mist or severe wintry conditions, there being simply too many opportunities to lose one’s footing and remain undiscovered, perhaps for months.

Paths exist from the north and south and they are unmissable! The flagstone path north leads onto neighbouring Great Hill, the same path in the opposite direction leads to Spitler’s Edge and eventually Winter Hill. To the east across the busy A-road lie the relative giants of White Hill and Cartridge Hill both a touch over 400 metres and akin to these the ever-present Dawen Jubilee Tower.

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