|Submitted by:||David Whipp|
||see location on map BB18 5QQ
Hippings is another name for stepping stones. Pickles Hippings is a footpath, or ginnel, which runs from Esp Lane to Calf Hall Lane across a shallow valley.
The footpath now crosses the stream between the two lanes by a footbridge. Much of Pickles Hippings is set paved with local sandstone sets.
The section close to Calf Hall Lane is surfaced with bitmac. There are several intriguing stone styles on or beside the footpath.
Pickles Hippings is thought to be close to the site of the abandoned monastery begun by the monks who went on to build Kirkstall Abbey. In 2011 the set paving, stream side retaining wall and bitmac surfaces were renovated with funding from Barnoldswick Town Council and Pendle Council.
Pickles Hippings is on the route of the Beating the Bounds walk.
One of the walk's boundary stones is on Esp Lane where Pickles Hippings branches off the lane. In the past the route must have been a muddy trod; a persistent colloquial name for the path is Sh*tten Ginnel!