From Smithills

Link 10: From Smithills 1.5 miles 2.4 km

Starting point; Bus terminus on Smithills Dean Road

Key: L= left R= right FP=footpath WPW= West Pennine Way


  • Continue up Smithills Dean Road junction
  • Go straight across onto Coal Pit Road
  • Continue on this tarmac lane for about 1 km to join WPW at a gate on the R with an information board for Withnell Moor Open Access Lane
  • Join WPW by continuing on this track


  • Next WPW route instruction is ‘follow track at first left hand bend take track straight on through gate. Just to the right there is a stone memorial to the 1896 mass trespassers’.