Pendle

 

Before they married David and Teresa both grew up in the Ribble Valley to look on Pendle from the north. When they married they settled in Burnley to view it from the south. All their lives Pendle has been a reference point. Little wonder then when they came to lead a walk for the Dotcoms it was up Pendle. Given that amongst the Dotcoms there was a sizeable and far from silent minority who professed to not liking steep slopes David convinced me there was a route from Barley that was kinder than others. We put it on the programme.
On a day that had since become part of Dotcom legend back in October 2013 David was unfit to lead the walk himself. “Don’t worry, Teresa knows the way.” Teresa did, even though the weather had closed in by a significant degree as we reached Spence Moor. Lunch was a miserable affair with 17 sodden and chilled Dotcoms eating their sodden and chilled sandwiches at the top of Ogden Clough. A few Dotcoms decided they still wanted to get to the summit but the rest were fed up and so Teresa led them down. The summit party had the easier time of it. The early descenders suffered trauma. It took them almost 30 minutes to cross a stream during which time Sandra had stumbled and ended up on her back while Teresa had slipped up to her waist into a raging torrent and then heroically assisted her party to cross it on the basis she couldn't get any wetter.
Ever since then Pendle has stayed on the calendar – always the last walk we do in October. And ever since then I have referred to it as “David and Teresa’s Pendle Trial.” Sadly Teresa wasn’t able to join us his year – last month she died three years after being diagnosed with cancer. A profound loss for her family and the Dotcoms too who miss her companionship and beautiful smile.

Start: Information centre and car park, Barley BB12 9JX
Fact file
Distance: 5 m 8K
Time: 2 - 3 hours
Grade: Though no great distance this is a serious, moorland hike.
Map: OS OL21 The South Pennines

Map by kind permission of Johnston Press 

1. Turn right out of the car park entrance. At the corner cross to lane opposite with village hall on left,

 

leading quickly to Barley Green. This lane soon climbs to the first of two reservoirs. At the end of the reservoir join the Pendle Way as it comes in from the left. For the rest of the walk you are on this trail. Beyond a stand of pines to the right of the track, the way dips down to a gate and stone stile below Upper Ogden Reservoir.

 

2. Cross stile and follow track as it climbs steeply to reach the higher level. The track gives way to a narrower path between a wall and fence, then through a gate crosses pastures to a ladder stile. Over the ladder stile follow a rough, peaty track upwards and then along to a stream flowing from the defile that is Boar Clough.

 

3. Cross the stream and follow the path for 60 yards then turn right and to climb the steep flank of the hill. As you climb the path becomes more obvious as it broadens out. When the route crosses the top of Boar Clough a line of cairns come into sight. Continue upwards towards the trig point. The views are extensive.

 

4. From the trig point continue along a broad track northwards for 400yds to a wall. Do not cross the wall but bear right to quickly reach a steep, stepped path. This is the way down. At the bottom, through a metal kissing gate take the path that leads right behind the farmhouse (Pendle House) and turn left, entering a large field by a gate.

 

With a wall to left cross to another gate, then follow path as it bears right across a shallow gully to enter a field close by farmhouse. When you reach the farm road turn right to cross the yard to a gate. This leads onto a good path besides a brook. Follow the path down to a tarmac lane at Ing Ends. Turn left, pass the attractive cottage and garden and cross a wooden footbridge on right. The path bears left following the course of the stream and enters village opposite the Methodist chapel. Turn right to reach the car park.