|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|
|Weather:||Cold but dry with low mist in the distance|
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.
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 . . .
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