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Pendle Hill

Pendle Hill

Hiking Highlight

Recommended by 111 out of 114 hikers

This Highlight is in a protected area

Please check local regulations for: Forest of Bowland AONB

An isolated upland in the east of Lancashire; the long, sweeping plateau of Pendle Hill has enthralled walkers for generations. Hikes to Pendle Hill are invigorating, across atmospheric moorland drenched in intriguing history and boasting the sort of views that are the envy of most English counties.


The hill will forever be associated with the supernatural; it is a popular objective on Halloween. A Bronze Age burial site was discovered on the summit and the whole region holds a special fascination for the superstitious. Most infamously of all, it was the site of the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612, which led to the execution of ten unfortunate souls who were found guilty of witchcraft.


Bewitching views from Lancashire’s most famous summit


On a clear day, distant Blackpool Tower and even the fells of Lakeland can be seen as you stride out along the plateau. Patchwork farmland and the quaint villages at its base give way to the urban spread of Burnley and Blackburn to the south, whilst the Forest of Bowland’s hills dominate the view northwest.


Such is its popularity, there are myriad walking routes to Pendle Hill’s summit escarpment. Approaches from the west ascend gradually, perfect for the whole family and not in the slightest bit technical. Plenty of other easy but more strenuous paths tackle the hill’s sheer, east-facing aspect. It drops steeply to the village of Barley and the Ogden and Black Moss reservoirs. Here quaint tea rooms, cafes and accommodation can be sought.


There are a number of other villages in which to find lodging and sustenance, whilst the town of Burnley is within easy driving distance.

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Tips

  • Roadie Steve 🚴‍♂️

    Steep climb up stone stairs from Barley. Can be a bit of a motorway from the Barley side, if you want a quieter walk, why not try from Downham.

    • October 24, 2018

  • Mark Doney-MacLeod

    If you look to the North East - that's where I live at the moment, soon that will be South West. Yes our lost sisters who were murdered for their land not their faith choice, the excuse used to murder them! There are many ways to get up the hill, Great Harwood is the back slope and Sabden - be sure to see the Treacle and Jam Buttie Mines. Dress for the wind and rain, as the saying goes "If there's cloud a ont' t'hill it's gonna rain and if there's not just wait a moment and there soon will be".

    • June 4, 2021

  • Richard

    We always walk from Sabden side just up from The Wellsprings pub. Nice steady climb that flattens out for a while and a nice steady decent back the way you came.

    • September 12, 2019

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Location: Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

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  • Wheelchair access
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  • Dog Friendly
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