Regular readers of this website will realise we featured a walk from Barrowford a few weeks ago. No apologies – this is a wonderful area to explore on foot. 


Start: Pendle Heritage Centre BB9 6JQ

Fact file:  

Distance: 7 miles 11k

Time: 3- 4 hours

Summary: Moderate. 

Map: OS OL21 The South Pennines.


Map by kind permission of the Johnston Press


1. The First part of the route follows the 51 mile LDP the Lancashire Witches Way.


From the visitors' car park take a footpath at its rear left to follow a riverside path


to Higherford Bridge. Turn right and when it is safe to do so cross Gisburn  Road into Bank Fold. The way cuts through a ginnel between terrace cottages to cross a packed horse bridge. Turn left and then right onto a public footpath


that quickly climbs through woodland into pastureland.


On a clear path cross to a kissing gate in a hedge. Continue for 500yds


until you arrive at a farm drive leading up to Pasture House. Now joining the Pendle Way continue for 100yds and then turn left on a footpath at a waymarked stile. When you reach a footbridge on the right cross it and follow the path diagonally left to arrive at a small agricultural building.


Beyond this the path keeps to the side of the hedge at first and then crosses under a line of telephone poles to reach the ridge and the view.  


At the next wall the Pendle Way descends to Roughlee  After crossing Pendle Water by a set of stepping stones .


Cross Blacko Bar Road into a lane between buildings. At the junction keep ahead through a metal gate leading into fields. Where the Pendle Way branches right bear left following the path until you arrive at a stile next to a metal gate leading into Stang Top Lane. (Close by a caravan leisure park).


Turn right. After 100yds go through a kissing gate on the left.  


The path now crosses several fields for the next 500yds. As it approaches a wooded valley cross a stile and descend steeply through trees on a path that swings right. With White Hough Water to the left keep on the path


until you arrive at a bridge crossing the stream. Keep ahead on Narrowgates and turn right through the first set of buildings


in direction of White Hough Outdoor Education. 

2. Reunited with the Pendle Way at a small utility building


turn right into woodland. Keep on the path through woods with the outdoor education centre to the left. When you reach rough pasture bear left and then follow the path


as it bends down to the tree lined drive of a property. At the end of the drive turn left and then at the next junction turn right towards Hollin Top.

In a little under 200yds the Pendle Way turns right. Keep ahead on the farm drive. On reaching a the farm bear left through a metal gate.


Where the grassy track divides keep left cross a stile and follow woodland to the right. After 600yds the path swings right alongside a large house (hidden by trees)


to join its drive leading down to a lane.


3. Crossing Blacko Bar Road on a path leading past the imposing Blacko Foot Farm.


Following a field boundary on the left with fine views across to the folly Malkincoats Tower. (This path is another part of the Pendle Way. After crossing a footbridge


follow Pendle Water (now on the right) towards a substantial bridge at Water Meetings. Do not cross it but as you near it turn left through a gap


in the wall on a path leading up a rise. After a metal gate turn right on a path leading to cross a brook in a wooded corner and then


up to the rear of a stone terrace. After locating a stone stile pass behind the houses to arrive on Gisburn Road opposite the Rising Sun Inn. 

4. Cross the road to a ginnel to the right of the inn. At the first junction bear right onto a path leading to a junction


at a tarmac drive. Keep ahead and then take a path to the right of a large property.


Follow this path across fields and as it descends alongside a housing estate to arrive on Barnoldswick Road. Cross the road and take a path to a old field boundary.


Turn right. After 450yds this reaches the rear of a modern housing development.


When you reach Francis Avenue turn left and then at the end enter field through a metal gate.


Bear right to reach the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.


Cross the water at a lock bridge turn right to reach Colne Road. When you reach the road turn right for the car park.