Pendle Hill Walk - October 15th

Posted 19/10/2016

For once a late walk write up, giving an account of last Saturday's ascent of Pendle Hill.....

A great day’s walking over on the other side of the Pennines tackling a circuit of Pendle Hill and the surrounding area during this walk.

It was an early start for the 90 minutes or so journey to the Lancashire village of Barley which is the common starting point for any ascents of Pendle Hill. Indeed the bridleway signs of the Pendle Way are quite a gem with the witch symbols on each marker.

As it was early autumn we had all taken the precaution of extra layers and waterproofs but the day brightened and warmed up and within a mile or so we all realised that we were wearing too many layers and promptly started to peel them off.

The ascent of Pendle Hill is quite tough, with the hill being within a whisker of being classified as a mountain, with the trig point being at 1827 feet above sea level, just short of the magical 2,000 feet.

The second mile is the toughest on this walk with a very steep ascent up a rough stone stepped path before finally the summit plateau is reached and the final march to glory over to the trig point and reach the goal of ascending this monster hill.

Our party coped admirably with the challenge of the walk albeit with several rest breaks whilst ascending the second mile managing to ascend Pendle Hill in a mere 80 minutes.

After some photo opportunities at the trig point we descended from the hill via Deep Spring Clough. After a lunch break, we continued our walk through Fell Wood and another tough ascent from Upper Ogden Reservoir into the Goldshaw Booth Valley.

It was the original intention to continue our walk to Haddings Head and bag the adjacent trig point, but although this was a pleasant walk in the autumn Lancashire sunshine, time was unfortunately now against us; we therefore decided to change our plans and plot a revised route back to Barley.

 By now some of our party’s legs were starting to tire so the walk back to Well Head & Saddlers Height in the warm sunshine was quite challenging as we headed back to Barley on local footpaths. However our party dug in to finish the walk in style before finishing the day with a well deserved local beer at the Pendle Inn in Barley before our long journey home to South Yorkshire commenced.

Seven(ish) strenuous miles walked by our party of eight who completed this walk, well done to everyone who made the effort to both travel and complete this epic walk, hopefully they felt amply rewarded by this gem of a walk.

Further exploration of the Barley area would be a nice project for DVWG in the future, besides Pendle Hill the village is quite close to the stunning Bowland Forest. So who knows DVWG may be seen on the wrong side of the Pennines again one day !