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Pendle & Ribble / 1 day / 21 miles (34km)

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Date: 15 May 2003
Start / Finish: Pendleton.
Maps: Outdoor Leisure 41 Forest of Bowland (East).

Day 1Pendle & Ribble21 miles / 2090 feet (34km / 637m)

Pendle Hill is a Marilyn that we have seen from almost every angle but never climbed, and on an isolated day of good weather we set off on this route.

Day 1 - Pendle & Ribble

From Pendleton a footpath heads SE to Wymondhouses where it ascends to a stile in the wall bordering the farm track, which leads round to the Nick of Pendle. A good path heads NE to arrive at the L side of Ogden Clough and later crosses the clough and climbs directly W to the summit with its extensive views.

View from Pendle Hill summit
View from Pendle Hill summit (15 May 2003__10:06:43)
View from Pendle Hill summit
View from Pendle Hill summit (15 May 2003__10:11:02)
View from Pendle Hill summit
View from Pendle Hill summit (15 May 2003__10:12:16)

Turning back S along the edge for about 0.3m we forked R (SW) on a good path that leads to the attractive Boar Clough and descends to Upper and Lower Ogden reservoirs and Barley. From the church a track goes NE to pass between Lower and Upper Black Moss reservoirs and becomes a footpath leading N to the minor road. We took the footpaths passing by Brownlow, Hecklin Farm and Clay House to arrive at the road above Downham where a path leads SSW around Worsaw Hill to the A59 at 772438 and Chatburn. NW along Ribble Lane we joined the Ribble Way, which we found surprisingly attractive, and followed it past Edisford Bridge to Henthorn Road at 728405. From here footpaths lead E to the road to Pendleton.

Lower Ogden reservoir
Lower Ogden reservoir (15 May 2003__11:35:45)
Lower Black Moss reservoir
Lower Black Moss reservoir (15 May 2003__12:00:14)
Lower Black Moss reservoir
Lower Black Moss reservoir (15 May 2003__12:09:04)
Straw bales at Ravens Holme farm
Straw bales at Ravens Holme farm (15 May 2003__13:14:05)
Worsaw Hill and Pendle Hill
Worsaw Hill and Pendle Hill (15 May 2003__14:39:25)
Bradford bridge
Bradford bridge (15 May 2003__15:54:16)
Sunlight on the Ribble
Sunlight on the Ribble (15 May 2003__16:38:43)
Brungerley bridge
Brungerley bridge (15 May 2003__16:38:56)