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Just at the junction of Footpath 27 (Rishton), where it meets Great Harwood footpaths 42 and 57, starts a concessionary footpath heading towards Close Brow Quarry, more commonly known as Star Delph.

Sign

The path leads alongside the Rishton - Great Harwood boundary, crossing to each town as it winds its way up the hill.

Start of path

The path can be easily found from the farm, and car parking is allowed for access to this path in the farm yard.

At the start of the path, and as you pass it in your car, it is guarded by two carved wooden figures from the Lord of the Rings, which are six feet tall.

Passing these, and onto the path, the woodland has been donated at the pathside by the woodland trust.

Woodland

The path crosses the Lidgett brook several times as you ascend the path.

A gate into the field at the end of the woodland walk crosses you over the stream once more, into Rishton, across a bridge.

The path then zig-zags up the field, for wheelchair users to gain access, finishing at a gate to Close Brow Quarry.

Gate to Quarry

The gateway to the Quarry, seen above is modelled on figures from the Lord of the Rings books by J. R. R. Tolkien. All the figures are hand carved in wood.

The views from this point are exceptional, and a picnic table resides nearby for anyone wishing to take a break.

View from Close Brow

This path now joins up to Footpath 25 in Rishton, and footpaths 43 and 44 in Great Harwood.

The concessionary walk still continues from here into the quarry itself, where wooden walkways have been built, along with a viewing platform and information board.

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