Sunday, 29th May 2011


Walk: Churn Clough Reservoir, Pendle Way, Newchurch-in-Pendle, Lower Ogden Reservoir, Upper Ogden Reservoir, Boar Clough, Pendle Hill, Scout Cairn
Start Point: Lay by just above Sabden Grid Ref: SD 775 380
Distance: 13 miles Ascent: 2,080 feet
Weather: Windy with intermittent drizzle for the first half, dry with increasing wind for the second half
Accompanied by:

On my own

Comments: With an improving forecast later in the day, I planned to walk through Sabden Valley and along the Pennine Way before climbing Pendle Hill via Boar Clough.  The walk started out dry but the rain (or drizzle) arrived around 11am, an hour later than forecast. When it was in view, Pendle Hill was covered in mist so I hoped that by the time I got there it would have cleared. After navigating a number of fields and joining the Pendle Way I quickly passed through Newchurch - which has a 16th century church - and made my way down to Barley. When I reached the top end of Lower Ogden Reservoir I rejoined the Pendle Way as it made its way past Upper Ogden Reservoir and alongside Boar Clough. Reaching the summit of Pendle Hill, Big End, the mist had cleared and the rain had stopped. However, by this time the wind had increased and was head on as I followed the route past the circular shelter and on to the Scout Cairn. Unfortunately the wind didn't ease off until I reached the Nick of Pendle and made my way back to the car. At least by this time the sun had made an appearance!


Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Sabden from the path across to . . .


Churn Clough Reservoir


Dean Farm, dating from 1574


St Mary's Church, Newchurch-in-Pendle, dating back to 1250


Cottages in Newchurch, looks like there was once an outside staircase?


Upper Ogden Reservoir outflow . . .


looks quite different from below . . .


and above


Lower Ogden Reservoir from Pendle Hill


Black Moss Reservoirs from Pendle Hill


An unusually quiet summit trig point


The circular shelter, and in the distance . . .


the Scout Cairn . . .


with a memorial on one side . . .


and another memorial on the opposite side

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