A warm (but cloudy) afternoon with a bit of spare time on my hands meant it was time to set off to the Forest of Bowland. I had once again left it right till the last minute before deciding where to walk and whilst on the A59 near Clitheroe I decided Pendle Hill was my destination of choice.
Pendle Hill is separated from the main Forest of Bowland area and is one of Bowland’s highest hills. At 557m above sea level it is just 4m short of Ward’s Stone – Bowland’s highest fell. The route that I selected is one I have done a couple of times before, but today I parked at a different spot and walked it in reverse.
Starting in Barley Village I walked up to Ogden Reservoir and then into Fell Wood, a plantation started in 1930’s with Norway Spruce, Sitka Spruce, Scots Pine and Larch. This is a majestic place where I could happily pitch up a tent and stay.
I then made my way across a farm which is simply called ‘Buttock’, and then onto Pendle Hill near Ogden Hill (as marked on the Ordnance Survey map). From here the route is not marked on the OS map but the track is quite good and frequently used. It is a fairly steep section of the walk (gaining nearly 250m of height in less the 1km) but the views are well worth it.
Once at the top I descended down the main path to Pendle House and then back along the road into Barley. There were lots of people out today who had their young kids with them, some as young as 3 or 4, which is great to see. The people count must have been about 100, rather than the 0 – 5 I usually see on much longer walks in more remote parts of the Forest of Bowland.
|Low Point||About 200 m|
|High Point||557 m|
|Terrain||Farms, tracks and moorland|
|Bogs||A few boggy bits|
|Dogs||No dog today but should be ok on a lead|
|Estimated Calories burned||650 cals|
On this route
Barley, Lower Ogden Reservoir, Fell Wood, Buttock, Ogden Hill, Beacon or Big End, Pendle House, Pendle Side, Barley Lane