One of the most famous landmarks in Lancashire, Pendle Hill is known more for its connection with Witches. But this famous hill is a destination for many a walker and there are several routes up to the top. One of the better routes is from the car park at Barley and one which this route serves.
Better known for the trials of the Pendle witches back in 1612, and possibly the most famous witch trials in English history.
“Twelve people who lived in the area surrounding Pendle Hill were charged with the murders of ten people by the use of witchcraft. Of the eleven who went to trial, ten were found guilty and executed by hanging; one was found not guilty.”
Standing 1,827 feet above sea level It is an isolated hill, separated from the Pennines to the east, the Bowland Fells to the northwest, and the West Pennine Moors to the south. It is included in detached part of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Pendle Hill is separated from the nearby main bulk of the Bowland Fells by the River Ribble. This isolation means that Pendle Hill is in fact the most prominent child summit of Kinder Scout, far away in the Peak District.
Starting from the south east of Pendle Hill, Barley is a village in the borough of Pendle. It is in the civil parish of Barley-with-Wheatley Booth. The village lies between Black Moss Reservoirs and Ogden Reservoirs, and is inside of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The village is situated close to Pendle Hill, and is a popular starting point for walkers of this hill. There is a children’s playground by the stream. There is also a substantial 1920s built public house, The Pendle Inn, and a restaurant, The Barley Mow. There is also a cafe on the car park called the Cabin.
From the car park turn right and walk the short distance to the end of Barley Road and then walk across the road on a slight diagonal to the left, and head up Barley Green towards Ogden Reservoirs. We will be taking the south route around Pendle Hill and making an accent from the north west and descending down towards Barley to the south east. The ground can be very soggy in parts and i will class this walk as medium towards difficult in parts. Look out for the way pointers and do not miss the gate to head up the north west accent. Follow the GPX route unless you are confident, this route goes past the south accent which is popular with most walkers. We are walking around the basin not cutting it in half.
The route goes past lower & higher Ogden Reservoirs and you will cross the stream around half a mile past the south accent due to restrictions and then around half a mile later you will head due east up Pendle Hill via the man-made path.
There are great views from the top of Pendle Hill on a clear day and you can see the likes of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks.