Pendle Hill from Barley Green (use in mist)

This Lancashire route in the Forest of Bowland starts from the attractive village of Barley Green and climbs to the summit of Pendle Hill using the direct route. The descent is easier in mist or poor visibility. With strong associations to the witches of Pendle this walk also provides superb views over parts of Lancashire and the Yorkshire Dales.

Technical sheet
No. 293237
A Barley-with-Wheatley Booth walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 04/08/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h10[?]
Distance Distance : 7.76km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 329m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 331m
Highest point Highest point : 552m
Lowest point Lowest point : 221m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Barley-with-Wheatley Booth
Starting point Starting point : N 53.85889° / W 2.27004°
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(D/A) The start is the car park at Barley Green (grid ref. SD823403) where there is an information centre, cafe and toilets. From the car park take the lane heading north into the village of Barley turning left onto the signed "Pendle Way" (Grid ref. 821405) after approximately 300 metres. This well marked path climbs steadily to Ing Ends and onto Brown House. Ahead can be seen the steep slope that leads to the summit plateau of Pendle Hill.

(1) After Brown House the path crosses fields to reach Pendle House after which the path steepens to climb diagonally across the slope. The path is paved in sections and despite the angle you will soon have completed most of the ascent and reached a wall. Do not cross the wall but turn round and head across the relatively flat summit area to the trig point located about 400 metres to the south.

(2) On a misty day it is easier to stay on the Pendle Way which means carrying straight on past the trig point then, after 275m, bear right at a point where 2 paths diverge. The route is marked by a series of stone mounds and starts to descend from the top of the hill until it is apparent that you are walking along the right side of Boar Clough. At the point where Ogden Clough comes down from your right, cross the Boar clough stream and take the path down and to the left towards the top of the Upper Ogden Reservoir.Take the clear track east to pass alongside Lower Ogden Reservoir. This lane leads without any problems to bring you back to the start(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 223m - Car park
1 : km 1.36 - alt. 285m - Brown House
2 : km 3.05 - alt. 552m - Pendle hill
D/A : km 7.76 - alt. 223m

Useful Information

Pendle Hill rises from the surrounding countryside in a dramatic fashion. The hill is famous for its connection with the "Witches of Pendle" and the outward section of this walk follows the Pendle Way, which is identified on way marks by a witch on her broomstick. This route is graded medium despite being designed for use in misty weather as careful navigation is still required.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.5/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 4/5

on Mon 24 Dec 2018 10:39:58 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 24/12/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Enjoyed the walk

on Mon 19 Nov 2018 09:02:38 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 19/11/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

enjoyable walk

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