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Pendle Hill Lancashire

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(Information courtesy of East Lancashire Ornithologists' Club.)

Pendle is the dominant feature of the East Lancashire landscape, rising to a height of 1831 feet. Despite its ridge-like appearance when viewed from below, there is a considerable summit area. Burnley, Nelson and Colne lie to the south and east, Clitheroe to the west.

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The best approaches by road are via the A682 and then Roughlee and Barley from junction 13 of the M65 or via Chatburn and Downham from the A59. Park on the roadside of Barley Lane 0.8 mile northeast of Barley village at SD815416, by the entrance to Pendleside House and Farm. Go over the cattle grid and walk along the private road towards Pendleside House. The left-hand branch towards Pendleside Farm is private. After passing a barn on the right-hand side take the footpath through the wooden gate on the right and walk up the field with the wall on your right. At the top of the field pass through the iron gate. From here the most productive way to the summit is via the left-hand wall which gradually ascends to an open stony area that looks like a quarry (actually an ancient landslip). The path continues rising above this area before veering sharply right and ascending gently to the triangulation point. The return journey can be made by retracing your tracks or by taking the 'steps' down towards Pendle House. The latter is usually unproductive. The climb to the summit is fairly strenuous and bitterly cold during winter months. Appropriate footwear and clothing should be worn.

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