Stang Top Moor walk

Route info
Distance 6-7 miles
Time 3 hrs
Low Point 160 m (approx)
High Point 347 m (approx)
Height gain 187 m (approx)
Terrain Farms, road, and paths
Bogs Muddy in some spots
Dogs Ok on leads
Cow count 0
Enjoyment rating (5 = best) ★★★★★

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Health stats Approx
Steps taken 12,564
*Calories burned – 10 st – 140 lbs 622 cals
*Calories burned – 18 st – 252 lbs 1119 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

stang-top-moor-walk (18)The Forest of Pendle sits on the southern slopes of Pendle Hill and much like the wider Forest of Bowland, it isn’t really a forest at all.  However, there are some plantations dotted around and before William the Conqueror had his way the area was probably lush forest.

We parked at the Sparrowhawk pub and made sure it was ok with the owners, promising to have a drink when we’d finished of course.  From the pub we made our way across various farms and fields to Thorney Holme on Ridge Lane.  From here we headed to Whitehough and then up towards Aiken Wood where the plan was to go into the woods to look at the Sculpture Trail.  However, we had to take a different route because the permissive path has now been closed, with signs directing you towards Barley.  So that is what we had to do.

We walked passed both Lower and Upper Black Moss reservoirs and then up to Stang Top Moor.  The trig is a bit messy but still a nice viewpoint – mixing urbanisation along the M65 corridor, Pennines and Bowland.

We headed straight down towards Whitehough to briefly rejoin the route at Ridge Lane and then walked up a steep road towards Noggarth Cottage, known as Top Shop Cafe.  This is probably a good stop-off for refreshments if doing this walk in summer.  After the cafe the route takes you straight down Sandyhall Lane, which joins the main road and leads you back to the Sparrowhawk.  Here we had a nice pint of local ale.

On this route

Sparrowhawk, Marles Hill, Noggarth End Farm, Dole House, Ridge Lane, Thorney Holme, White Hough, Lower Black Moss Reservoir, Upper Black Moss Reservoir, Black Moss Farm, Stang Top Moor, White Hough, Ridge Lane, Noggath Cottage, Sandyhall Lane.

Last weekend's walk up to Stang Top Moor:

Posted by Bowland Walks on Sunday, 29 March 2015