Pendle Hill and Ogden Reservoir

MODERATE 24 reviews

Pendle Hill and Ogden Reservoir is a 7.9 kilometer loop trail located near Burnley, Lancashire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

Distance: 7.9 km Elevation Gain: 365 m Route Type: Loop

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This is a no-nonsense well walked way to the top of Pendle Hill starting from the village of Barley. There is ample parking for just £1 - a bargain - no need to park on the road, as well as toilets and a cafe. After leaving the village the paths are very well signed and are part of the 'Pendle Way' a 45-mile circular walk around the borough of Pendle encompassing Nelson and Colne. The route climbs 'Big End', so called on account of the steep escarpment edge at this eastern end. From the summit cairn the ground slopes gently to the west with various 'clough's' cutting into the hillsides. As the route crosses 'Boar Clough' there is shelter, or rest awhile at the bottom where 'Boar Clough' joins with 'Ogden Clough'. The reservoirs of Upper and Lower Ogden supply the people of Nelson. Stop and admire the impressive handiwork of the stonemasons art in constructing the walls, spillways and by-washes. It is a pleasant stroll down the valley back to Barley. Many signs depicting the Pendle Witches will be seen. 'Demdike' and her family are central figures in the 1612 witchcraft panic and trial - but that's another story !!

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rocky
21 days ago

bit of a struggle if you're a novice up the initial steps/climb but rewarded with fantastic views at the top, especially on a sunny day! nice settings round the reservoir too! overall a nice moderate hike!

1 month ago

Really enjoyed it. It was hard but when we reached the top it was well worth it

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2 months ago

Nice walk with lovely views. I personally enjoyed the first part of the way by the river.

2 months ago

Absolutely lovely walk around the beautiful country side

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rocky
2 months ago

seemed quite a challenging climb and on the way back down i fell on a loose stone path. i wasn’t hurt, but such stunning views and a great area to explore . i really enjoyed the adventure .

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3 months ago

So the rating for this is EASY ! The incline was bad enough, lost count of the amount of times I had to stop. Once at the top the views were amazing though and I would definitely do it again.

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rocky
3 months ago

says easy... definitely not!! The trek up to the top is difficult and steep! Views at the top lovely though.

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3 months ago

The incline is a little bit tough but once your over that the views are amazing and it’s a nice walk.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

A great walk but definitely not one for those not looking to test themselves a little as the steps that take you to the top of pendle are more than a little steep!! Definitely worth the effort when you get to the top as the views are amazing with a nice walk back down past the reservoir back into Barley

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