Pendle Hill from Nick Of Pendle

Route info Easy
Distance 6 miles
Time 2hr 15mins
Low Point 300m (approx)
High Point 557m (approx)
Height gain 227m (approx)
Terrain Decent moorland paths
Bogs Minimal
Dogs Ok (on leads in places)
Cow count 0
Enjoyment rating (5 = best) ★★★★★

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*Calculated by Ordnance Survey GPS

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Health stats Approx
Steps taken 12,000
*Calories burned – 10 st – 140 lbs 528 cals
*Calories burned – 18 st – 252 lbs 950 cals

*Calories burned uses this calculator and is worked out as though we are walking ‘level’.  If inclines were added it should be higher.



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Route description


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.  I have done this route many times (sometimes in reverse) so I fancied tackling it from a different side – and that is exactly what I did today.

The route I took is not well marked on the ordnance survey maps at all – and my experience with maps is not great in any event.  So I took to the internet and looked to see if anyone had walked up to Pendle Hill via Nick of Pendle (also called locally Nick O’Pendle).  Sure enough, after looking at a couple of rambling sites I found that there was a way up, despite it not being marked on any ordnance survey map.  Hopefully this will be updated one day, because I actually discovered (when up there) that the route I took is actually part of a marked route called ‘Pendle Hill circular’.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. There is a well trodden path above the stream, although it is not marked on the Ordnance Survey map.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Simply retrace your steps back to the car.

On this route

Nick Of Pendle, Nick O’Pendle, Pendleton Moor, Apronfull Hill, Badger Wells Hill. Black Hill, Ogden Clough, Barley Moor, Beacon, Big End, Beacon or Big End.