Sunday, 3rd February 2008

             

      

 

Walk: Nick of Pendle, Ogden Clough, Barley Moor, Pendle Big End, Barley, Sadlers Height, Sabden Fold, Wood House, Batten Clough, the Nick
Start Point: Nick of Pendle Grid Reference: SD 772 385
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 3,000 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Dry but overcast and very windy, particularly at the Nick of Pendle
Comments: Not a 'typical' walk for this group but one that was enjoyed by everyone. Some returned knowing that they had completed a 'toughish' walk but very pleased with themselves for having done so. The route up Pendle via Ogden Clough and Barley Moor is the least severe way up with a steady climb on a well defined path and an excellent slabbed path over Barley Moor to Big End. Barley is an attractive village with toilet facilities and picnic tables for a lunch stop. The route back along the north side of the valley is pleasant with good views and generally clear footpaths. From the Churn Clough Reservoir area the footpaths are there as long as you keep your sense of direction. Twenty of us all enjoyed a good day.

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After leaving the Nick of Pendle we eventually reach Ogden Clough . . .

 

where we have our coffee stop by the beck . . .

 

where it is sheltered but still cold

 

Is this the 'yellow brick road'? - no the 'grey flagged road' over Barley Moor . . .

 

to Big End, the summit of Pendle - rather bleak up here!

 

On the descent we look over Pendle House to the Lower and Upper Ogden reservoirs . . .

 

and check our route down as we go through the gate

 

At Ing Ends we pass this popular garden which looks great at any time of year

 

We continue into Barley . . .

 

then head out past Sabden Fold

 

Bypassing Churn Clough Reservoir we climb back up to the Nick - who put a hill at the end??

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