Pendle Hill
Pendle Hill

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From the pretty village of Downham (the backdrop for ‘Whistle Down the Wind’ and ‘Born and Bred’), and energetic stroll up and down Pendle Hill, home of the Pendle Witches
Distance 10.2 km/6.3 miles 483 metres/1580ft ascent
Terrain - mixed path and open country, steep in places
Map OS Outdoor Leisure 41 - Trough of Bowland click here to buy it from Amazon
Refreshments and Parking in Downham village


Where the road crosses the beck at the south end of the village, take the track upstream on the right-hand side of the beck. At the end of the track there is both a stile and a gate leading into a field. At the second of the two small waymark posts, veer right towards the trees in the corner of the field, where a stile and bridge take you over a very small brook. Follow this path uphill, passing Clay House on your right and carrying on until you come to a stone barn
The path goes to the left of the barn and drops into a little gully, with a fence on your right – you should see two stiles, one in the bottom of the gully, unsigned, and one at the far side of the gully, with a signpost to Pendle Hill. Ignore the signed stile, as there doesn't actually appear to be a footpath, and take the stile down in the gully, along the path which quickly crosses the roa

Take the path on the other side of the road and you are very quickly on the open land of Downham Moor, which rises steeply at first, then levels out and then steepens again as it zigzags up the side of Pendle Hill. n.b. this is a permissive right of way, not a public footpath, and is not marked as a public footpath on maps. The path levels on the top of Pendle Hill and eventually reaches a wall, which is crossed by a ladder stile . N.B. You may cross the wall to get to the OS Trig point 500m further on, but you will need to come back to the stile again (and cross back over the wall)

From the ladder stile at (4), facing back the way  you came, take the left hand path (You came up the right hand of the two paths). This path is level or slowly descending, crossing the next wall at another ladder stile. Shortly after this, the dry stone wall fairies have built a very welcome circular shelter .with an interior bench – just the place for lunch on a draughty day. From here the ground becomes more rocky and the path less obvious, but you should be able the see the VERY large stone cairn a few hundred yards away which is the next waypoint. From here head right, starting to drop down over the side if the hill. Keep Mearley Clough on your left, and keep your eyes open for the narrow old track which heads off diagonally down the hill on your right. This eventually takes you to the wall corner. Follow the wall downhill to Brast Clough. You have to go round the top of the Clough, but do not go down it. Follow the stone markers and descend the next, gentler clough, heading for the bottom corner of the field

Here another stile gives access to a very narrow path, which is the remnant of an old drove road. After 100 yards, this becomes a tarmacced track, and after another 100 yards, joins the road. Carry straight on down the road until the signpost on the left for Worsaw Hill Farm. Walk up the farm track for 100 yards or so, cross the small stone bridge, leave the track and carry straight on across the narrow meadow and then through a gate in the wall at the foot of Worsaw Hill. Turn right and follow the wall for another 150 yards before leaving it to go through a stile up to your left. Follow this path straight ahead to go through another stile then head left and follow the field path, aiming to the right hand side of Langland Hall wood up ahead. Squeeze through another stile and follow the path down the right hand side of the wood before following the waymarked route back to the village