Wednesday, 14th January 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Barrowford, Roughlee, White Hough, Barley, Black Moss Reservoirs, Blacko Foot and return along Pendle Water.
Start Point: Pendle Heritage Centre Grid Reference: SD 683 398
Distance: 8.5 miles Ascent: 1,100 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Fine sunny morning, turning overcast for afternoon, but no rain.
Comments: 10 of us set off from the Heritage centre along the Pendle Way, passing West Pasture (very muddy), to cross the stepping-stones at Roughlee. We then went past Hollin Farm and Croft House, followed by a muddy climb up to the Hollin Top access road on the south side of Brown Hill, where we stopped to enjoy the morning sunshine and a coffee break. Continuing down past the Outdoor Centre at White Hough and Slacks Wood we walked on to Barley for a lunch stop, not so sunny now. From Barley we left the Pendle Way for the steady climb, relatively, past the Black Moss Reservoirs to the highest point at Mountain Farm. That is in name anyway, if not by nature! It was then mainly downhill over rather muddy fields with the ever present Blacko Hill and Tower in view, to Blacko Foot where we rejoined the Pendle Way. At Water Meetings (Blacko & Pendle) it was a good path along Pendle Water back to the Heritage Centre. A good day, muddy boots but still dry, and tea and cakes at the Centre tea shop for some.

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Setting off through the Heritage Centre

 

Pendle Way through park, Barrowford

 

  Back of shops on main road, over Pendle Water - precarious?

 

Negotiating the mud near West Pasture

 

Stepping-stones over Pendle Water at Roughlee, Elizabeth, Judith & Norman.

 

Blacko Hill and Stansfield Tower

 

Coffee break in the morning sun

 

Slacks Wood

 

Old Mill near Barley

 

Lunch at Barley

 

Barley Mow in village centre

 

Black Moss (lower) Reservoir

 

Black Moss (higher) and Pendle Hill

 

Group at Fountain Farm  

 

Looking back from Fountain Farm showing Black Moss Reservoirs

 

Brown Hill, but we didn't go there, left turn at the gate.

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