Sunday, 14th January 2018

Walk: Lane Head, Downham Moor, Big End, Pendle Way, Barley, Lower Black Moss Reservoir, Aitken Wood, Upper Black Moss Reservoir, Black Moss Road, Twiston Moor, Twiston, Twiston beck, Score Clough Beck
Start Point: Downham car park Grid Reference: SD 784 440 
Distance: 11.5 miles Ascent: 2,350 feet
Time: 6 hours
Weather: Cold but dry with low mist in the distance
Comments:

We were lucky to have a good forecast for what would seem to be a simple walk over Pendle Hill to Barley and back via Twiston. However, the group had a task to complete on their way, a tour of Aitken Wood identifying the sculptures and plaques on the way. The Pendle Sculpture Trail brings together aspects of Art, History and Nature.
Four artists have created a unique and intriguing range of sculptures. Their work is inspired by the history of the Pendle Witches of 1612 and the natural world in this wild and beautiful corner of Lancashire.
Leaflets about the trail are available at The Cabin, the cafe on Barley car park. It is worth noting that the online vesrion is out of date at the present time, the route and some of the sculptures having been changed.

A gradual ascent takes us across Downham Moor before the steeper climb to . . .

Pendle Hill summit (Big End)

A sheltered spot on the descent . . .

gives views across to the Black Moss Reservoirs and Aitken Wood

Following The Pendle Way . . .

we eventually reach the Black Moss Reservoirs with views back to Pende Hill

A plaque marks the start of the sculpture trail . . .

where we also find the Quaker Tree . . .

which represents the branching out of the Quakers . . .

founded by George Fox in 1652

Another nearby plaque is followed by . . .

a Witchfinder . . .

and a ceramic column

The plaques aren't too difficult to find between sculptures . . .

Reconnected 1 . . .

and Reconnected 2 . . .

but the Two Bats . . .

and the Tree Root are a little harder to find.

You need to search off-path to find Spirits of the Wood

Then back on the path, another plaque before . . .

looking up high to find a sleeping single bat . . .

and three others taking flight

The Spider on the Web was really elusive - thanks to John for finding it!

The Living Wall is followed by . . .

the Gateway and . . .

Life Circle

Another plaque is just at the side of the path . . .

as is the Owl . . .

and the Magic Boomfield . . .

which is difficult to see in the photo

More plaques . . .

take us on . . .

to the end . . .

of the trail

It was then quite a tramp to find suitable shelter from the strong cold wind to eat lunch

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