2019 05 04 Pendle Three Peaks

Crossing Twiston Beck


View West From Weets Hill 


Weets Hill Trig


Approaching Foulridge At County Brook


Pendle Pete


Heron At Cotton Tree


Boulsworth Trig


Pendle Trig


Photos by Pete

Glorious Weather, Good Company and a Great Day's Walking for the 2nd year of ‘The Pendle Three Peaks’ (Weets Hill, Boulsworth Hill and Pendle Hill 31m) 
Starting this time from Downham CP at 8am to offer a different look on the way round, change in order of the three peaks and a reversal of the Boulsworth loop section.
To my great surprise 25 people turned up for the challenge, with excellent support from the West Yorkshire Group.
In glorious morning sunshine we made our way out of Downham Village and joined all the young lambs across the numerous fields to the Twiston Road.
We where to experience wonderful 360’ views all day long and none more so than from the unnamed hill near Twiston, small in height but big on viewpoint!
From the Twiston Road at Coolham, it was the long and at times strenuous tramp over Twiston & Rivington Moors to the Gisburn Road beyond Craven Laithe.
At the A682 at Cold Weather House it was onto our first peak, that of Weets Hill 397m a quick photo and look around, because despite the sunshine there was a cold wind, we headed off Weets for the Lister Well Road.
Down by Copy Nook and onto High Lane (Old Barlic’ Road) right and first F/P left down and along the field system to County Brook, picking up the L&L Canal towpath for Foulridge and our first break at Cafe Cargo. (Foulridge Wharf)
Across the busy A56 out of the village and fields above the Upper Foulridge Res onto Castle Road, where all three peaks of todays walk can be seen from.
Crossing the 'Rough' green space area of Conle to Keighley Road and Ball Grove Park. Today I chose the left hand side of the valley that the elongated Village of Trawden sits in, for the approach to Boulsworth our second peak via Stunstead, Laithe and Mean Moss Farms.
Crossing the Pennine Bridle Way we picked up the footpath for the trig of Boulsworth Hill, again another quick photo and look around because it was now even colder in that wind and higher vantage point of 518m
Sheltering behind the great bulk of gritstone of Lad Law for our lunch in comparative warmth and comfort.
Wrapping ourselves up against the wind and a brief flurry of hailstones, we headed down passing the Abbot Stone back to cross the PBW again and down to the old part of Trawden Village via through Guildford Clough and fields.
Out of the village, over Mire Ridge, down to Colne Water and the river path to Waterside, crossing Burnley and Barrowford Roads in Colne, we emerged onto Heirs Lane for Blacko Village.
Out of Blacko over the Gisburn Road again, on the footpath opposite the Rising Sun Pub and fields down to Pendle Water.
Climbing Bank Ends Wood, around the back of Brown Hill, dropping down the Stang Road for the F/P next right, with more magnificent views of the Pendle area.
Through the woods below White Hough Camp School, the Hamlet of White Hough and along by Pendle Water to Barley Village and our final refreshment stop. 
It was now time for our final climb and third peak of our walk, Pendle Hill 557m
Leaving the village following one of the many feeders to Pendle Water, we progressed feeling a little weary by now to Pendle House.
Once we had reached the footpath junction at the bottom of the steps, I offered the choice of routes to the group trig via the steps or straight up and direct to the trig point, choosing was about 50/50
Exhilarated on reaching our goals for the day and because the views in the now early evening light where among the best I have seen in the hundreds of visits of this truly magical place I have made, Irish Sea, Blackpool Tower, Lakeland Fells, Ribblesdale, Yorkshire Three Peaks, and the beautiful Pendle District.
All that remained was the long decent off the Big End of Pendle Hill, more fields and back to our transport home for a well earned hot meal, a good scrub and perhaps a stiff drink. 
Led by Peter Smith. (Pendle Pete)