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Looking along the valley of Ogden Clough that cuts into the heart of Pendle Hill
Looking along the valley of Ogden Clough that cuts into the heart of Pendle Hill

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Route No. 569 - Wednesday 8 October 2014
Barley, Ogden Reservoirs, Pendle Hill,
Pendle Way circuit - 8km
Pendle, Lancashire . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL21 South Pennines


The car park at Barley with good cafe & toilets at the start of our walk
The car park at Barley with good cafe & toilets at the start of our walk

Cross roads near the car park
Cross roads near the car park

We had a coffee at the cafe to allow the overnight cloud and rain to clear and then set off to climb Pendle Hill. Over the years we have seen Pendle Hill from numerous vantage points in the Yorkshire Dales but we have never climbed it, so today is the day.

My neighbour, Jim, and I are staying at a very nice pub near Pendle Hill in Lancashire. This morning after a full English breakfast (a bit too full really!) we drove to the village of Barley and parked at the large visitors car park where there are good toilets and a good cafe.

Weir on Barley Water where we saw a dipper
Weir on Barley Water where we saw a dipper

Start of the lane out of Barley village
Start of the lane out of Barley village

Lane climbing up next to the dam at Lower Ogden Reservoir
Lane climbing up next to the dam at Lower Ogden Reservoir

After about 200m from the cross roads we passed the old waterworks filter house which seems to be under redevelopment as apartments. We continued along the lane as it climbed up beside the dam of Lower Ogden Reservoir.

We walked back to the road from the car park and turned right to walk a few metres along the road (called The Avenue) over the road bridge (called Barley Bridge) across the beck (called Barley Water) to a cross roads. We kept straight on across the cross roads and followed the lane running parallel to Ogden Clough.

The old waterworks filter house development
The old waterworks filter house development

The dam at Lower Ogden Reservoir
The dam at Lower Ogden Reservoir

Lower Ogden Reservoir seen from the lane next to the dam
Lower Ogden Reservoir seen from the lane next to the dam

Water level was quite low as usual at this time of year
Water level was quite low as usual at this time of year

The lane heading for Upper Ogden Reservoir
The lane heading for Upper Ogden Reservoir

After a little over 1Km from the first dam we came to the dam of the Upper Ogden reservoir and climbed up the track to the crest of the dam.

We followed the lane around the edge of the reservoir and then following Ogden Clough upstream.

Looking back over Lower Ogden Reservoir
Looking back over Lower Ogden Reservoir

Crest of the dam at Upper Ogden Reservoir
Crest of the dam at Upper Ogden Reservoir

Approaching the dam at Upper Ogden Reservoir
Approaching the dam at Upper Ogden Reservoir

Footpath around the edge of Upper Ogden Reservoir
Footpath around the edge of Upper Ogden Reservoir

Footpath marker on the Pendle Way
Footpath marker on the Pendle Way

Ogden Clough cuts a semi-circular groove into the heart of Pendle Hill from the Upper Ogden Reservoir and we followed the path along this valley for about 800m from the reservoir dam.

We continued along a path around the edge of the reservoir out to the open moorland of Pendle Hill following the steep sided valley of Ogden Clough.

Looking back over Upper Ogden Reservoir
Looking back over Upper Ogden Reservoir

The valley of Ogden Clough cutting into Pendle Hill
The valley of Ogden Clough cutting into Pendle Hill

Footpath in the valley of Ogden Clough
Footpath in the valley of Ogden Clough

About to cross Boar Clough and turn up the hillside
About to cross Boar Clough and turn up the hillside

Path up the hillside above Boar Clough
Path up the hillside above Boar Clough

Path up the hillside above Boar Clough
Path up the hillside above Boar Clough

After another 800m from the turn on to this steep track we crossed Boar Clough and followed the path climbing up across the open moor.

About 800m from the Upper Ogden Reservoir dam, at map ref SD799398, the path turned right to climb up the hillside above the side valley of Boar Clough

Footpath marker on the Pendle Way
Footpath marker on the Pendle Way

Looking back along the valley of Ogden Clough
Looking back along the valley of Ogden Clough

About to cross Boar Clough & head across the open moor
About to cross Boar Clough & head across the open moor

Footpath across the open moor heading for the edge of the escarpment
Footpath across the open moor heading for the edge of the escarpment

Looking over Lower Ogden Reservoir from the edge of the escarpment
Looking over Lower Ogden Reservoir from the edge of the escarpment

Path heading for the trig point on top of Pendle Hill
Path heading for the trig point on top of Pendle Hill

There were, however, dark clouds gathering limiting the view as we followed the path up to the trig point at the Beacon (or Big End) at the top of Pendle Hill.

After another 600m from Boar Clough we came to the main ridge of Pendle Hill along the top of the east facing escarpment, still without any rain.

Approaching the trig point on top of Pendle Hill
Approaching the trig point on top of Pendle Hill

The trig point on top of Pendle Hill
The trig point on top of Pendle Hill - not much of a view with low cloud all around

Starting back down from the trig point on Pendle Hill
Starting back down from the trig point on Pendle Hill

Path down from the top of Pendle Hill
Path down from the top of Pendle Hill . . .

Looking back up the path from Pendle Hill
Looking back up the path from Pendle Hill

Near the bottom of the path from Pendle Hill
Near the bottom of the path from Pendle Hill

This direct path is much too steep for my arthritic knees these days so we retraced our steps for a few hundred metres to take the zig-zag path down the precipitous hillside to the farms at the bottom.

We looked at what remained of the view under the developing banks of threatening clouds for a few minutes. Just beyond the trig point there is a steep path directly down the face of the escarpment.

path down from Pendle Hill
. . . path down from Pendle Hill . . .

Path down from Pendle Hill
Path down from Pendle Hill

The road at Pendle House
The road at Pendle House

The path down from Pendle Hill
The path down from Pendle Hill

The path behind Pendle House
The path behind Pendle House

Approaching Ing Head Farm
Approaching Ing Head Farm

Path heading for Ing Ends
Path heading for Ing Ends

We passed Ings Head Farm and continued along a gravel path following a stream down to a lane at Ing End.

Here we turned right to pass behind Pendle House and follow the Pendle Way across the fields.

Path heading for Ing Head Farm
Path heading for Ing Head Farm

Path heading for Ing Ends
Path heading for Ing Ends

Joining the lane at Ing Ends
Joining the lane at Ing Ends

Looking back to Pendle Hill from the path near Ing Ends
Looking back to Pendle Hill from the path near Ing Ends - the cloud had just lifted from the hilltop again

The lane at Ing Ends
The lane at Ing Ends

Another footbridge on the path to Barley
Another footbridge on the path to Barley

Passing the childrens playground in Barley
Passing the children's playground in Barley

We followed the path through the parkland back to the car park where we had a coffee and a bacon sandwich just to round of our walk which we had just managed to complete ahead of the rain. The whole walk had been 8km and it had taken us almost four hours. My dodgy knees are taking their toll and Jim has to keep waiting for me to catch up.

From the lane we took a path out to the road through Barley village. We walked along the road past a children's playground. Just at the end of the playground we crossed the stream called Barley Water on a footbridge that led us into some parkland.

One of several footbridges on the path to Barley
One of several footbridges on the path to Barley

The mainstreet in Barley
The main street in Barley

Footbridge over Barley Water next to the playground
Footbridge over Barley Water next to the playground

Footpath through the park heading back to the car park in Barley
Footpath through the park heading back to the car park and the cafe at the end of our walk

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