Pendle Hill is perhaps the most famous hill in Lancashire due to its association with the Pendle witches. It is an isolated hill, sitting 557 metres above sea level, which makes it nearly as high as any point in the Forest of Bowland, with only Ward’s Stone being higher at 561 metres.
Although Pendle Hill is in the Forest of Bowland, it is separated by the A59 and Clitheroe, up to Chatburn and Sawley. The most popular route up to Pendle Hill trig point are the steep steps up from the Barley side. We have done this route many times so on this occasion we ascended from a different side near Sabden.
Nick O’Pendle is a high pass from Clitheroe to Sabden and is popular with walkers and cyclists alike. The land still has scares from the quarrying and industry but the history also adds interest to this walk.
The Wellsprings is owned by Zak & Catherine Marhaoui. Situated next to Pendle Ski Slope the venue offers superb views of the Ribble Valley and beyond. The team has eaten and drank here a number of occasions and always leave with full bellies.
Fine on a lead
There are various places to park your car at the crest of the road. Head east and look for the memorial stone, remembering the Australian & USA Air Force after two crashes in the 1940’s. Climb up the track for a short distance and join the main track along Pendleton Moor.
The track climbs steadily in a north easterly direction across Pendleton Moor. It splits in some places but the route is very obvious. Just keep on going!
Eventually you’ll reach a cairn on the left of track, before the track itself bends to the left and descends slightly into Ogden Clough.
There is a well trodden path above the stream, although it is not marked on the Ordnance Survey map.
You meet and cross the steam before going through a gate and ascending onto Barley Moor. The path has been flagged so the journey across the boggy moor is easy going.
After a little while you pass a stone pile and emerge at the trig point. On a clear day the few across the Ribble Valley to the Dale are fantastic.
Simply retrace your steps back to the car.
Along the way (things to look out for on your OS map)
Nick of Pendle (or Nick O’Pendle), Chartist’s Well, Apronfull Fell, Badger Wells Hill, Black Hill, Ogden Clough, Beacon or Big End