FLY-TIPPERS have targeted an Oswaldtwistle beauty spot popular with walkers.
Building waste, rubbish and a burnt mattress, were dumped in Town Bent bridleway, last week, which is just metres from a pathway leading to the Jackhouse Nature Reserve.
The bridleway, which is off Fielding Lane, across from the Plough Hotel, is also used by horseriders and provides access to allotments.
Resident John Mullen, who lives in Foxhill Terrace, about a mile away from the bridleway, came across the rubbish last week while walking in the area.
He said: "It's a route to the allotments at Town Bent and by all accounts a lot of people have struggled to get to the allotments and have had to make a detour.
"It's a mess and it's a problem in Oswaldtwistle, I come across it a lot. People are paying people to clear rubbish for them but they are not doing it properly, they are dumping it like this.
Councillor Peter Britcliffe, leader of Hyndburn Council, and an Oswaldtwistle ward councillor, slammed the fly-tippers for ruining this piece of countryside.
He said: "Fly-tippers are a menace to the borough. They ruin the environment and I would urge anybody who has any information about this incident to contact the council."
Councillor Britcliffe said investigations had been made for clues to identify the culprits but have been unsuccessful.
He added that discussions with land owners Lancashire County Council were taking place in order to get the waste moved.