1. From the car park take the path behind the information centre and café leading across a wedge of parkland to a footbridge leading onto Barley's main street - the Bullion. Turn right. Continue along the Bullion and soon after the Methodist Church turn right on a tarmac service road in the direction of Blacko.
This lane soon becomes unsurfaced as it approaches the lower of the two Black Moss Reservoirs.
Incidentally there is a particularly fine view of Pendle Hill across the water along this stretch.
At the end of Lower Black Moss bear right at a junction to make a short gentle ascent to the level of the upper reservoir. 200yds further along reach the entrance to Aitken Wood on the right.
As the track turns right it begins to climb with surprising steepness as it enters the wood. After 300yds the way begins to level out as it reaches a junction.
The recommended route starts from this point on a circuit of half a mile which takes an anti-clockwise direction. Before reaching the southern edge of the wood the trail swings left
and then loops back on a downward track
to the junction.
From here if you are satisfied you have seen all that there is to see retrace your steps to Barley.
Tramper trail. The upper part of the trail is accessible for tramper type vehicles. These can be booked in advance (48 hours notice) from the Bowland Experience 01200 446553
The Pendle Sculpture Trail. The predominant theme of the trail is based upon events which took place nearby over 400 years ago. Following what nowadays might be regarded as a domestic dispute between neighbours the subsequent investigation identified a group of ten men and (mainly) women to be witches. They were sent to Lancaster for trial, found guilty and executed. Sarah McDade's ceramic plaques waymark the route as you follow it through the wood. These represent the eight women and two men sent to Lancaster.
Interspersed with these are the tree sculptures
of Philippe Handford, Steve Blaylock's metal bats, owl and giant spider's web representing the natural world after dark and "the Witchfinder"
a statue by Martyn Bednarczuk that reminds us of the role of Roger Nowell the local magistrate who extracted "confessions" from the accused.
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