A circular walk from Wiswell
to Sabden over Spence Moor
distance 9.57 miles : time 4 - 5 hours
the cursor to the map for an alternative view)
walk from Wiswell to Sabden over Spence Moor
the main street in Wiswell walk down Moor Side Lane (Footpath Sign
to Wiswell Moor). The path starts to the right of a barred gate
at the end of the road, goes through a wood and then turns left
on to the moor. The path follows a fence and leads to the left of
the radio mast. A gravel track leads down to a concessionary path which avoids Wiswell Moor Houses.
Turning left along the farm track; the path is almost
straight to the Nick of Pendle. (60 min)
the road walk downhill for about 100yds, the path is well sign posted; this leads to a farm track
which ends at a small iron gate.
(a) The right-hand
path leads to a walk round the reservoir. The path goes to the
left of the house, through a gate, and left diagonally across the
field to the far left bottom corner. Here a right turn leads to
the farm track to Sabden.
(b) The left-hand path leading to Spence Moor is easy to follow.
After a steady climb, the path follows the edge of the wood. At
the end of the wood the path goes steeply up hill, bears slightly
left and follows the top of the escarpment to a stone wall.
At a concessionary
footpath sign turn sharp right and follows the stone wall. The
path continues uphill and spectacular views of Longridge Fell and
the Forest of Bowland appear to the north-west. A ladder-stile
leads over the wall and a gentle climb leads to the top of Spence
Moor. The path curves to the right and starts the descent to the
wood at Sabden Fold. After passing through some marshy ground the
path leads to a gate, keeps to the left of the ravine and leads
to the top of the wood. Keep to the left of the wood and descend
into Sabden Fold.
the farm take the path to the right (concessionary route). The
path goes over the stream and then over two stiles. The path follows
the wall almost in a straight line. On approaching the wood bear
left downhill to meet the farm track. Go through the farm yard
and take the footpath just to the left of the windmill. A straight
path leads to Dean. Keep to the left of the barn, go over stone
stile, and turn right through the yard. The farm track lead direct
path back to Wiswell starts from the Clitheroe road about 200 yd
on the left after the cross roads. The path is fairly straightforward.
Aiming for the radio mast will lead to Wiswell Moor Houses. (80 min)
Wiswell is the chosen starting point for the walk but Sabden or the Nick of Pendle offer possible alternatives. The Freemasons Arms in Wiswell or the Pendle Witch and the White Hart in Sabden are suitable objectives.
The initial part of the walk from Wiswell to Spence Moor through the Nick of Pendle is a fairly steady uphill climb offering scenic views. Initially a special view of Longridge Fell can be seen to the north and then the Lancashire conurbations to the south. From Spence Moor a view of Pendle over Ogden Clough is seen to the north. A descent down the fellside starts after the top of Spence Moor via Sabden Fold to the valley bottom. The walk continues on to Sabden.
The return leg from Sabden to Wiswell is a pleasant and easy stroll firstly through green fields and then returning over Wiswell Moor.