Explore the foothills of mighty Pendle with happy feet
Thousands of customers travel across the country to visit Whalley Warm & Dry for their multi-award winning Specialist Boot Fitting Service. With footwear available in five different widths (including half sizes) plus the option to customise the fit, it’s not surprising they have welcomed people from 120 out of 121 postcode districts in the UK.
Once you’ve got your comfortable footwear, you will be raring to go out and try this satisfying little hike courtesy of Mark Sutcliffe, which even visits the grave of a highwayman!
Turn left out of Pendleton village car park and along the road through the village, past the old school house and church and out onto the quiet lane heading NE towards Pendleton Hall.
At the junction with Pendle Road, cross with care onto the bridleway, over the bridge and past the farm buildings, heading NE on the track. After half a mile, just before the farm houses, look for a wooden marker post on the right and turn right uphill over the stile next to a red gate. Climb SE across the fields, following a track up to a derelict barn. Head for the left side of the barn, then over a ladder stile in the corner of the field.
Follow the grassy track through SW towards Howcroft Barn. The path becomes faint, but head SW towards the barn, cross the stream on the footbridge and take the path left, climbing steeply beside the wall then through the wooden gate and out onto the open fellside. Continue just west of south to reach the road.
Join the road with care, climbing uphill for 250 yards, then opposite the ski slope, take the footpath left climbing up to the ridge then turning right along the wide ridge track towards the Nick o’ Pendle.
From the Nick, walk down the road for 200 yards and take the bridleway on the right. Go through the gate and take the main track to the left, heading SW gently downhill. Continue past the farm buildings on the left, then follow the marker posts.
After the third marker post (GR SD764376), take the faint track off to the right over Access Land. Cross the boggy tussock grass and climb a steep escarpment beside a dry stone wall. Follow the wall NW to the intersection with another wall.
Cross the stile and go immediately left over the ladder stile. From here, descend SW for 250 yards to Jeppe’s Grave – just visible as a circular prominence among the tussock grass. This is the resting place of a highwayman beheaded in 1327 and buried on the site of a Bronze Age burial mound. Retrace your steps and return over the two stiles, then follow the wall NE to reach the summit trig point.
Follow the faint grassy track heading NE towards Pendle for three quarters of a mile, ignoring a ladder stile and sheep track on the left. Go through the gap in the wall near the intersection and continue for 70 yards along another wall to reach the car park at the Nick.
Follow the road north over the Nick and take the footpath left just after the highpoint. Descend NW for 500 yards, through the white gate on the right and head downhill to the tree with prominent white spot. Pass a farmhouse, cross the beck and go through the gate then over the stile.
Continue down the field along the hedge then right through the gate. Continue along the hedge to a stile then left along the hedge before crossing to a footbridge over the stream in the bottom right corner of the field. Descend gently beside the beck past a quirky cottage into Pendleton and along the stream to the car park.
Download the detailed route at: www.whalleyoutdoor.co.uk/visit-us/local-walks/
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