The May Ramble – Pendle Hill
After a number of level walks, Jim decided that we must be in need of a little toughening up and so led us to the top of Pendle Hill, that well known landmass clearly seen to the east of Longridge.
Such a vantage point needed a very clear day and that is just what we got. Warm, sunny and clear.
Starting from the car park in the pretty village of Barley, our party, a good turnout of eleven, headed out of the village, through fields, heading for the easier but longer southerly ascent. Having passed the waterworks, we started the steady climb up Boar Clough, the path getting steeper. At this point, some of the party were introduced to the advantages of walking poles.
We stopped for a lunch break in a lovely narrow valley by a stream and afterwards made the final attack on the summit. The path for this final leg consisted of large slabs of stone making for very easy walking. Finally, the 557m summit was reached and what a view! Looking west, our own local fells of Parlick and Beacon could clearly be seen, as could the coast and northwards, the three Yorkshire peaks. A lone walker was press-ganged into taking our group photograph by the trig. point.
After a final look at the view (someone mentioned that their washing should be doing OK), we started our descent down the very steep easterly path. Near the bottom, someone pointed to a large rock. Apparently, when here a few days earlier, they passed a chap carrying this rock in his rucksack! Someone in need of serious help.
The rest of the walk led us along pleasant paths with good views, back to Barley and a much appreciated ice cream.
A brilliant walk, notable for stunning views and a lot of exercise.
Linda & Eddie Grange.