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7th October 2011

It has been a long time since a few lines of text has appeared in this position after a Pendle Hill walk. But this one was a little different with a new parking spot and new approach and descent. Thirty-seven ascents this year so far before this one and I reckon a figure of fifty is possible; all I need are clear spells of weather, good fortune and a little determination.

Lower Ogden Reservoir

Lower Ogden Reservoir

Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk....


Burnley Sunrise

Early this morning and the rising sun pinks up the clouds over Burnley. By 3pm I'm considering a walk and I'm trying to think of Pendle at sunset, but it's a good three hours away. Young Andy suggests a parking spot on the road to Downham and this will make for a longer walk and different views. "Are you coming?" "No thanks" says the 19 year old "I'm going to have a rest". It's a hard life...

Parking for Pendle

Parking Spot on Pendle Road

Start time today was 16:40. This road and little woodland is on the north side of Pendle Hill.

Pike Law

Pike Law and Pendle Hill

The walk heads for Pike Law (little bump) over rough marshy ground. This north face of PH is part of what's known as The Big End.

Pendle Hill End Bridge

Pendle Hill End Bridge

Further away, NNE is Pen-y-Ghent.



Parking for Pendle

Pendle Parking

Walking down the road to where I often park for a quick one, after work or when time is tight. So then it's the lane to Pendle House and the usual choice of steps or track.

Pendle View

View from The Track

Lower Ogden Reservoir

Lower Ogden Reservoir

Pendle Summit

Pendle Summit

Pendle Sunrays

Crepuscular Rays

Runners on Pendle


Pendle Sunset

Pendle Sunset

I'm a bit too early for the softer colours of the October sunset, but I must keep moving as I'm taking a "new" path off the summit and I don't want to get misplaced. I walk down to the stone stile and waymarker "Downham".

Pendle Boundary Stone
Pendle Descent
Boundary Marker

The Descent Route

A very well marked and well-worn permissive path up/down from the road to Downham.

Pendle Walk

Back to the Car

A short walk back up the road to the car.

Walkers: Just Me

Time taken: 2 hours 8 mins over a distance of about 5 miles.

Route: Pendle Road, Pike Law, roadside to Pendle House, track up the left side, Pendle Summit, path back to Pendle Road from the Downham stile and back up the road.

Weather and conditions: Sunny intervals and breezy.

Greetings Count: A few walkers and runners on Pendle Hill. Nobody else on the "new" routes.

Take me back to the start ....

Take me home....