A spring walk up Pendle Hill 4

A Pendle Hill walk

Pendle Hill dominates the East Lancashire skyline and, standing at 1,835 ft, it’s visible from the surrounding area. It’s known for its links to the Witch Trials of 1612, and is a beautiful spot for a day trip.

A view of Pendle Hill

It’s a hill I’ve climbed once before (probably about six years ago), but on that occasion myself and a group of friends simply climbed up and down the same way. This time I was keen to take a longer route  and explore more of the local area.

Witch signs on the Pendle Way

There are ample walks for the area but we selected a route which said was about five miles and took us past reservoirs, across some farmland, up the hill and then to another reservoir.

We parked in the village of Barley, which is a short walk away from the hill. There’s a large car park (parking costs £1 and there’s an honesty box), but by the time we’d arrived it was quite full so we parked on the road outside it instead.

The village of Barley

The walk started by a walk through the village to a track, which led up to a reservoir.

Walking towards the reservoirs near Barley

Black Moss Reservoir with Pendle Hill in the background

We strolled around this up to a farm house and then past a collection of cottages – including a field with a number of friendly horses in.

A country lane near Pendle Hill


The next section was a walk through a number of fields before finally reaching the base of the hill.

Climbing a sty across farmland

This is where the walk started to get busier – and steeper!

Pendle Hill sign

It wasn’t the easiest climb up (I’m moderately unfit!) especially on a hot day, but with a few rest stops it didn’t take too long until we reached the summit.

The ascent up Pendle Hill

Visitors climbing Pendle Hill

View from near the summit of Pendle Hill

And then – it was worth it! The views across the countryside were wide-ranging and despite a bit of mist, there was plenty to admire.

View from the peak of Pendle Hill

Pendle Hill views

We then carried on to the trip point and followed another path which led along the top of the hill.

The Trig Point on top of Pendle Hill

A flagged path then led the way away from the summit, following the curve of a stream making its way through the fields.

Flagged path down Pendle Hill

Stream leading down Pendle Hill

This part of the walk was much quieter and we didn’t see too many fellow walkers during this section. It felt like we had the countryside all to ourselves and was a stark contrast compared with the climb up.

At this point, the route were were following became less clear so we decided to just follow the stream round to keep on course.

The hills surrounding Pendle Hill

This eventually led us to the Pendle Way, a larger track, which then took us past the Upper Ogden Reservoir.

The Pendle Way

Odgen Reservoir, near Pendle Hill

The Pendle Way towards Barley

Continuing round this track, we then reached the village of Barley again.

In all, the walk was around 11 km (measured using my Strava app) and took us about two and a half hours (including a little rest at the summit). It was fairly strenuous in places but the descent was much easier and extremely pleasant. A beautiful way to spend a spring afternoon in Lancashire.

A spring walk up Pendle Hill

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