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Pendle Way

The 72km Pendle Way makes an absorbing circuit of the heart of East Lancashire, exploring the hugely popular 'Witch Country'. The Way begins at the attractive village of Barley and is described in a clockwise direction in the guidebook.

Along the way rich contrasts alternate lush riverbanks with windswept moorlands. Aside from Pendle Hill itself, open country is found on Weets Hill and the broad flanks of Boulsworth Hill. The River Calder, Pendle Water and numerous lively streams add their own charm. Discover the enchanting villages of Wycoller, Barley and Newchurch, on the flanks of Lancashire's hill country and the Pennine moorlands.

Pendle Way2The Pendle Way provides highly accessible walking in the shadow of the celebrated Pendle Hill, culminating in a memorable ascent of this mighty landmark. The Pendle Way is regularly waymarked with small black witches and yellow arrows. The walk can be completed in four days of undemanding walking in which case the best locations for overnight stops are Barnoldswick, Laneshaw Bridge and Reedley. However, by using Colne as a base the Way can be completed as independent day walks using the public transport links which radiate from the town.

Suggested Daily Itinerary

Barley to Barnoldswick - 10.5m
Barnoldswick to Laneshaw Bridge 12.5m
Laneshaw Bridge to Reedley - 11m
Reedley to Barley - 11m


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Start: Barley

Grid Ref: SD 823404

End: Barley

Grid Ref: SD 823404

Distance: 72 km

Walking Time: 4 days

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Pendle Way

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