The path is to the west of the Village Hall, head
north, a small gate adjoining the church wall leads you on to the
path which ascends the hill between gorse bushes.
The path swings northeast passing along the western
edge of four fields that connect with kissing gates.
At the top of the final field go over the stone stile
to the right of the gatepost.
Turn right onto a local road and at the next junction (50 metres)
turn left (northwest) towards Sabden Fold.
Pass Croft Top Lane on your right and after 50 metres
ascend the stone stile on your right, the path heads northeast.
Sabden Hall and Sabden Fold are 500 metres away across
the valley, to your left as you follow the path above Higher Town
The path gently descends to a wall which is followed
to a wooden stile in an adjoining stone wall.
Over the stile a modern mill chimney at Spen Brook
Mill comes into view with Blacko Tower directly above it on the
Newchurch–in-Pendle can be seen high up on the
left hand side of the valley. This valley is sometimes referred
to as The Hidden Valley presumably because it is not traversed
by a major road.
As you walk to the end of this field an older stone
built mill chimney comes into view at Spen Brook.
Pass over the stile in the wall corner and Tinedale
Farm is ahead.
Pass the farm and immediately ahead is Tinedale Cottage,
climb over the stile to your left and head down the lane.
The lane enters a sheepfold below Bull Hole.
Do not take the stile directly ahead, instead turn to your right
at the corner of the sheepfold and pass over a stile in this corner.
Follow the path by the wall heading northeast through
two further stiles to the buildings at Moss End.
As you pass the last building a grass path to your
left takes you over a stile and through a gate onto an old grass
covered lane which leads to a wooden stile to the left of a gate.
Bear right and cross over the second stone stile. Image
Continue straight on (northeast) to a wooden stile
that leads you onto the local road near to St Mary’s School.
Turn up the road (north) to the village centre passing
the Old School House and St Mary’s Church (telephone box).
The Public House marked on the OS OL21 map is now a private residence
and there are no other facilities for food or drink (but the Clarion
House is nearby).
There are Public Toilets and the
Galore shop selling toys and memorabilia of the 'Pendle Witches'.
There have been many books
written about the “Witches” including accounts and novels
by Thomas Potts, Harrison Ainsworth and Robert Neil. It is more
likely however that Kate Mulholland’s “Cry of Innocence”
and Jonathan Lumby’s “The Lancashire Witch-Craze”
offer a more balanced view, of the folk medicine, religious persecution
and greed that led to the accusations of witchcraft.
of Pendle Hill (18 KB)
Continue up the Barley Road from Witches Galore
and opposite a house named Forest Forge a path leads up the banking
on the right hand side of the road to a stile.
Having crossed the stile follow the footpath
that bears to the right (east) to a stile in the wall ahead.
Continue over the stile into the wood, keeping
to the lower path to the right.
A pleasant but short walk through this wood ends at a stile.
Over the stile and bear left onto the path that
passes close to the buildings at Barley Bank.
The path continues along the bottom of the wood to a stone stile.
Cross over the stile and keep to the top of the field.
Continue on the edge of the wood to a further
From this stile Blacko Tower can be seen with
the moors of Craven in the distance and Boulsworth Fell.
Follow the path running east towards Thorny
Cross a further stile, the path is indistinct,
but head downhill for the house which is to the right of the farm.
Soon you should be able to make out a stone stile in the wall ahead,
head for this stile and cross into the next field.
Turn left (northeast) and head for the wooden
stile at the field corner (follow the stream).
Through the stile and continue following the
stream to the field corner, turn right, up the field and head for
a green clad building.
Climb over the stile by this building and immediately
turn left into the grounds of the Nelson ILP Land Society Clarion
of Nelson ILP Clarion House (bottom right) and Newchurch (21
The Clarion is open on Sundays and
some public holidays, further information can be obtained by navigating
Clarion House web site
If you visit when we are closed please use the
If you are enjoying the walk and feel like making a donation to
the renovation fund please post it through the letterbox.