A circular walk from Barley
distance 6.77 miles : time 4 hours
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walk from Barley around Pendle
the car park in Barley walk along the main street past the Pendle
Inn. The path starts about 100 yd after the pub at the beck on
the left hand side of the road. Follow the beck over the footbridge
to the minor road. After the white cottage turn right; a gentle
walk uphill leads to Brown House. Bear right in front of the house
and then sharp left up the hillside towards Pendle House.(30 min)
climb up the side of Pendle starts behind the house. At the top
of the climb go over the stone stile and follow the wall a few
yards to the ladder stile. (A diversion to Big End - the highest
point on Pendle can be made by going over the ladder stile before
continuing the walk.) Otherwise head across the moor (bearing 320
deg.) to meet the next ladder stile at the stone wall. (40 min)
the stile follow the escarpment to the stone shelter and then
on to the first of two cairns which can be seen in the distance.
The rough path over peaty ground meets a stone wall running roughly
NW-SE; follow the wall at right angles to this one running approximately
NE-SW. The second cairn is found at the end of this newly repaired
wall. (40 min)
walk due east towards Odgen Clough. On nearing the Clough cross
over the track and descend a little into the valley to pick up
a narrow path to the right following the contour. A steep descent
to the beck leads to a gate which can be seen from a distance.
The path follows the contour along Ogden Clough to Upper Ogden
Reservoir. (40 min)
before the reservoir and at a swing gate, turn left uphill following
the stone wall. The path leads above Upper Ogden Res. to Under
Pendle. Turn right at the black water tank and walk between the
houses; follow the track through the farm complex. On leaving
the farm look for the stile immediately on the left at the beck.
Follow the wire fence to the stile at the end of the field. The
path follows the beck side over a series of stiles to the footbridge
first encountered at the start of the walk. Turn left at the
road for the Pendle Inn or Barley Mow. (45 min)
The whale-back shape of Pendle Hill as seen from the north
is unmistakable. It is a predominant landscape feature identifiable from many
of the walks in this series. The view from the Beacon or Big End of Pendle
is a 360 panorama over the Forest of Bowland to the north and the Lancashire
mill towns to the south. The top of Pendle is relatively flat moorland divided
by the sickle shaped Ogden Clough.
This circular walk of Pendle offers a variety of walking
experience: from Barley to the summit (the hard bit), an easy partial circumnavigation
of the plateau following the sharp escarpment, a gentle descent along Ogden
Clough, and finally a pleasant return through meadow land back to Barley.
The views on the walk are constantly changing and are quite spectacular and
well worth the effort of the initial climb.
The village of Barley possesses a car park in which there is an Information
Centre. The Pendle Inn with its sign of a Pendle Witch is a popular pub offering
a wide variety of food and beverage. The Barley Mow is newly opened and offers real ale and a wide food menu.