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Pendle Hill walk from Barley

Video run time: 20 minutes 18 seconds


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The classic circular of Pendle Hill. If you are only in the Pendle area for a short visit, then if you have the time and want to 'conquer' Pendle, then this circular is the walk to do. A gentle start to the walk past the Ogden reservoirs then leads into a grassy stroll before crossing bracken covered moorland. The climbing then starts in earnest, with ever expanding views afforded as more height gained. From the summit even Blackpool tower and the Lakeland fells can all be seen on a clear day. The walk then proceeds down the much walked steps back towards Barley. Whilst Pendle Hill is synonymous with the Pendle Witches (the 400th anniversary of their hanging was in 2012), it is enjoyed by many thousands of people each year.

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Parking: Pay and display car park in Barley (grid reference SD 823 403)
Directions: Google Maps: get directions here / What3words: indicated.confined.vine
Walk distance: 5 miles (8 Km)
Estimated walk time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Height climbed: 380 metres
Grade: 2-C: A medium length walk that has rugged terrain and some steep climbs
Peaks / summits: Pendle Hill (577m)
Map: Ordnance Survey - Explorer OL41 (Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale)
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Walk features: Hills, moors, reservoirs, rivers, views, wildlife
Facilities / refreshments: Toilets and the cabin cafe in car park at Barley, Pub (Pendle Inn) in Barley and tearoom in Barley
Nearest town: Walk starts in Barley
Local accommodation: View accommodation close to the start of this walk from Sykes Holiday Cottages or from
Walk Tags: Videowalk, video walk, Barley, Lancashire, Pendle Hill, Barley Green, Upper Ogden Reservoir, Lower Ogden Reservoir, Fell Wood, Pendle Way, Ogden Clough, Boar Clough, Pendle Hill, Brierfield, Nelson, Pendle Inn, Cabin Barley, Forest of Bowland, Lower Black Moss Reservoir, Upper Black Moss Reservoir, Pendle Witches
Video run time: 20 minutes 18 seconds


Hill profile:

Hill profile

Downloads are available in different resolutions for your PC, SmartPhone and other mobile devices and are provided in mp4 format for maximum compapability with a wmv version also available. You also receive a PDF document with the walk details and an Ordnance Survey map extract that you can print out or view on your mobile device. Watch the video on your PC or burn to a CD or DVD to watch on your TV to see in detail the walk before you set off.

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