Pendle Hill 557m (1827 ft) is an isolate hill which has a dominating appearance. It is classed as a Marilyn because (I think) the prominence is 395 metres (1296 ft) . It is a popular spot for walkers and famous obviously for the Pendle Witch Trials.
Difficulty, distance and time
This is an easy walk but there is a steep ascent and there are some sheer drops so care should be taken at all times. It was about 4.5 miles in total and took us around 2 hours.
Parking and amenities
There is just about everything you need in Barley, toilets, picnic area and a pub. And plenty of parking at the start of the walk – which is a short distance from the village.
How to get there
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Elevation and terrain
The walk starts at about 328m in hight so you would think that getting to the 557m summit would be easy but it’s actually quite tough. The terrain is good with a visible track in most places. The weather had been good so there was little mud.
We parked about a mile north of Barley where there is a public footpath leading straight to the eastern side of the hill. As you pass a farm called Pendle Side the track is easily visible and well marked. Shortly afterwards there is a gate leading in to Access Land and straight up to the path. This path will get the legs and lungs going but rest assured that when you get to the end – that’s the hardest part of the walk done!
Head to the trig point and enjoy the views, visibility was poor (again) for us but it’s always enjoyable when you’re about 550m above sea level. After a couple of cairns the track splits in two – we chose the left track which continues to skirt the edge of hill. We spotted a path in the woods overlooking Ogden Reservoir so continued along the track towards the reservoir.
Go through the gates and along the farm track belonging to Under Pendle Farm which eventually leads you to the larger Ogden Reservoir and the woods (after another stile). Now over the bridge and follow the path which leads you through the woods and up a small hill. We stopped and had lunch here as there was little wind.
As we cleared the trees we were back onto farm land and dropped back down towards the man-made edge of Lower Ogden Reservoir. From here on we followed the road to Barley Village and walked about another mile up Barley Lane to the car.
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