Sunday, 21st June 2021

Walk: Pendle Way, Big End, Deep Clough Spring, Fell Wood, Newchurch in Pendle, Thorny Bank, Roughlee, White Hough
Start Point: Barley car park Grid Reference: SD 823 403
Distance: 7.8 miles Ascent: 1,643 feet
Time: 3.75 hours
Weather: Mainly overcast but humid
Comments: Using the main car park in Barley I found that it had changed from £1 for the day to an electronic system where you pay as you leave for the time you have been there. It is still very reasonable at 30 minutes free, £1.50 for up to 3 hours and £3 for over 3 hours. Despite reasonable costs the surrounding roads were completely full of parked cars. A good walk with varied terrain.

Black Moss reservoirs overlooked by Aitken Wood

New signposts now direct walkers

Unusually no-one at the trig point . . .

but they're not far away

Another signpost . . .

followed by a third one

Lower Ogden reservoir with Fell Wood to the right

Upper Ogden reservoir looks nearly empty . . .

but there is still some water running down the outflow

Taking a detour through the woods I find two lock gates that control the flow of water between the reservoirs

Further along the path a footbridge leads across to Fell Wood

An interesting weir on the way to Roughlee . . .

where I pass some pretty cottages

Unlike many accused of witchcraft, Alice Nutter was a member of a wealthy family who owned land in Pendle. 

She was accused of being present at a witch meeting on Good Friday in 1612 and of later causing the death of Henry Milton. Her principal accuser was a nine-year-old girl. Nutter protested her innocence although others pleaded guilty.

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