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Pendle Hill Quickie from Barley

Pendle Hill Quickie from Barley

Start/Finish

Barley village car park which was only £1 per day on 10/3/16. The car park is at SD 823 406 and its approximate post code is BB12 9JX. There are many routes to Barley but expect some narrow roads close to the village! Barley is west of Colne, north of Padiham, east of Clitheroe and south of Gisburn.

Distance/Time

5 km.     About 2 hours.

Peaks

Pendle Hill, 557 m, SD 804 404.

OS 103: Blackburn, etc.    OL 21: South Pennines.

Introduction

Some may consider Pendle Hill to be of modest height but it dominates the surrounding countryside and is well seen from far away. Navigation is relatively straight forward but the section of the ascent up Big End is quite steep and goes on for some distance. Despite it being stepped, some will struggle with the effort needed here. There are toilets and a pleasant cafe in the car park; the parking charges are only £1 per day. This is the shortest and quickest route up and down Pendle Hill.

Route

(1) Walk out of the car park on the path behind the toilets and follow it to the road opposite the Pendle Inn. Take the first left, after the inn, which is the road into the village. After about 300 m, a signed path – Pendle Way – goes off left, initially following a stream. This path is well signed. It crosses a minor road, passes Ings End, Brough House then Pendle House. Soon after, it cuts back left and crosses an open field (slippery when wet). Soon after, the foot of Big End is reached and the path steepens considerably but it is stepped which does help. It is not difficult but many will want a few “breathers” on the way up as it does go on a bit! Eventually the angle eases and one reaches a wall with a stone steps stile. Do not cross but follow the path going gently uphill and gradually drifting away from the wall. The direction is about 200 m SSW then about 200 m S with the edge just on the left. The trig point is soon reached and this is the summit of Pendle Hill, 557 m.

(2) Continue past the trig point, following the path closest to the edge (it isn't too close!). After about 600 m, the descent path leaves the edge (there are two options) and descends as a reverse fork down to the start of the ascent steps. Lower down, the path splits – the right fork is more direct. From there retrace the outward route.

Notes

(a) This walk took place on 15th January, 2017.

(b) There are many other routes on Pendle Hill which are well worth exploring.

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