GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Parbold Hill

6 miles (9.5 km)

This circular walk climbs to Parbold Hill from the village of Parbold in Lancashire. You'll visit the wonderful viewpoint with views towards the Pennine Hills and beyond. The route also continues to climb Hunters Hill and Harrock Hill for more good views and lovely countryside.
The walk starts from Parbold train station and heads along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal before turning north to climb to the Parbold Hill viewpoint. Here you will find a plaque showing you all of the sights you can see from the top. This includes Ashurst Beacon, Dalton, the River Douglas, the city of Liverpool and the Berwyn Mountains of Wales.
After taking in the views the walk continues north to High Moor and Harrock Hill. The route then turns south, descending to Hunter's Hill before returning to Parbold village.
This walk passes close to Fairy Glen which is well worth a short detour if you have time. The delightful beauty spot includes pretty streams, beautifulwaterfalls, dramatic cliff faces, wooden bridges and shady woodland trails.
To extend your walk you could head west along the canal to Burscough and visit the lovely Martin Mere Nature Reserve. You could also climb to the nearby Ashurst Beacon and enjoy more nice views to the coast.


WN8 7TG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Parbold Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Parbold Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Appley Bridge Canal Walk can be picked up just south of the hill.
Head a few miles west and you could visit nearby Ormskirk. The market town is well worthy of a visit with pleasant conservation areas, a regular market, three local parks and a church which dates back to the 15th century.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lancashire Walks page.


Parbold Hill viewpoint plaque

Parbold Hill viewpoint plaque. This shows the various landmarks you can see from the summit.

Winter Hill from Parbold Hill

Winter Hill from Parbold Hill

View Point at Parbold Hill - - 26841

View Point at Parbold Hill. Directly over the plaque you can just see the tip of Ashurst Beacon on the skyline. The hill was a local beauty spot which was sited on the rim of a domestic refuse tip (now covered over and generating methane).

Parbold Hill - - 3068706

A summer view with wildflowers and cattle.

View of Sparrow Hill aka Parbold Hill - - 1528370

View of Sparrow Hill aka Parbold Hill from a distance. This spring view is across Douglas Valley to Parbold from Lees lane Dalton

Ruined Windmill on Harrock Hill - - 719631

Ruined Windmill on Harrock Hill


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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