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Black witch logoPendle Way


72 km / 45 miles
A route through contrasting scenery, ranging from moorland to river valleys visiting Barnoldswick, Thornton-in-Craven, Wycoller, Reedley, Newchurch and Pendle Hill.

The latter part of the route has associations with the Pendle Witches, the theme of the 7.5 mile Pendle Witches Walking Trail. The three principal summits in the area, Pendle Hill, Weets Hill and Boulsworth Hill can be climbed as 'Pendle's Three Peaks'.

DECEMBER 2023: A stretch of rotted walkway (along the bank of Pendle water) which includes a broken footbridge, and a dislodged and leaning footbridge (where Moor Isles Clough meets the river Calder), have been reported at, respectively, SD 837356 and SD 822356, which affect the route of the Pendle Way to the north and north west of Burnley.


Waymark: Black witch logo
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
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Attributes: Challenging
Start and Finish: SD862398 - Pendle Heritage Centre, Park Hill, Barrowford, Nelson, Lancashire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Pendle Way Fox Hill Barn - Pendle Way Walking the Pendle Way, Part 1 (Barrowford to Barnoldswick) [YouTube] Walking the Pendle Way, Part 2 (Barnoldswick to Earby) [YouTube] Walking the Pendle Way, Part 3 (Earby to Laneshaw Bridge) [YouTube] Walking the Pendle Way, Part 4 (Laneshaw Bridge to Coldwell Inn) [YouTube] Walking the Pendle Way, Part 5 (Coldwell Inn to Reedley) [YouTube] Walking the Pendle Way, Part 6 (Reedley to Newchurch) [YouTube] Walking the Pendle Way, Part 7 (Newchurch to Barley, via Pendle Hill) [YouTube] Walking the Pendle Way, Part 8 (Barley to Barrowford) [YouTube]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Pendle Way: 45 miles in East Lancashire  (Walking Books  - 1997 )
External download Witches Walking Trail  (Pendle Borough Council  - 2005 ) Download
General Interest Book Pendle : landscape of history and home  (Frances Lincoln (an imprint of Quarto)  - 2009 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 103
OS Landranger Active 103
OS Explorer 21, 41, 287
OS Explorer Active 21, 41, 287

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Route Profile:

69.2 km (43.0 miles)
1,839 m (6,033 ft) ascent
544 m (1,785 ft)  maximum height

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