The Clarion House Way

A walk of 36 Km through East Lancashire's beautiful countryside visiting the Nelson ILP Clarion House and the former Clarion House at Colne and Clough Croft at Roggerham formerly used by Burnley ILP.
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The Clarion House Way
an unofficial walk of approx 36 Kilometres
Devised by Gwyndon (John) Boardman

Map used in defining route:
Ordnance Survey South Pennines, OL21 1:25 000 scale.

Part 6

The Nelson ILP Clarion House to Pendle Heritage Centre via Roughlee and the Water Meetings. This is a moderate walk of about 5 Kilometres – with moderate uphill and downhill section.

Leave the Clarion House by walking down the path to the field corner by the local road (east).
Over the stile and turn left, walk down the road (east and then northeast) to the cross roads at Happy Valley.

The left hand turn heads for the village of Barley and Pendle Hill, the right hand turn is a very direct route to Nelson if Sandy Hall Lane is followed from Noggarth Cottage and shop.

Our route is straight ahead on Blacko Bar Road. The route shown on our overview map simply follows the road to Roughlee, a distance of about 0.5 Kilometres.

A more interesting route when the visibility is good, that takes in views of both Pendleside and Boulsworth is as follows:

From the crossroad proceed along Blacko Bar Road (northeast) for 100 metres to a bridge across Pendle Water, immediately before the bridge turn right (southeast) on to a path that follows the river downstream for 150 metres. The path then climbs a hillside heading east through three fields meeting a stile above a stand of trees adjacent to a caravan site.

Over the stile follow the path that runs alongside a hawthorn hedge until the path swings to the right and heads uphill to a stile in a stone wall, which leads onto a lane adjacent to the earthworks of a reservoir.

Once on the lane turn left (northeast). Pass one more field on your left and 50 metres more to a stile to your left and a path that leads you down the next field (northwest). At the bottom right hand corner of the field is a stile that leads to a road that enters the caravan site.

Walk straight ahead and downhill across the grass to a paved path after 50 metres. Turn right onto the path which after a few short strides joins Pasture Lane. Turn left for 200 metres to the road junction.

The Bay Horse Public House is situated on this junction and serves hot and cold food. Telephone Number: 01282 613683

The road from Happy Valley joins to your left and our route turns right and follows Pendle Water downstream.

200 metres from the Bay Horse pub there is a turning to your left onto a private road named Old Hall Close. At the head of the close is Roughlee Hall, the home of Miles Nutter at the time of the Witch Craze. The Hall is now divided into three private dwellings. Image (21 KB)

From Old Hall Close continue for a further 50 metres and opposite a farm lane, turn right through a stile that leads down to the river and the stepping stones. Pause at the stepping stones and look at the skyline ahead for a waymarker. Cross the stepping stones with care and head (northeast) for the waymarker.

At the waymarker follow the grass track over the remains of an old lane southeast and uphill to a waymarked stile in a stone wall. Do not cross this stile, instead turn left (northeast) and follow the path that runs alongside the wall.

The stile ahead offers a good opportunity to pause and turn around to view the vista of Pendleside and Blacko.
Pendle Image (23 KB)

Continue by the wall side passing the remains of a former field wall on your left after 300 metres and after a further 50 metres you should encounter a stone in the field marked FP turn right to cross over the adjacent stile and immediately turn left to follow the wall northeast.

Within 100 metres the path splits. Keep to the left following the wall down to the field corner and a stile.

Over the stile the path traverses the hillside Image (36 KB) descending to the confluence of Pendle Water and Blacko Water. This is known locally as the Water Meetings. Image (24 KB)

The path descends to a rough meadow.
Follow the obvious route ahead to Water Meetings House. A stile to the left of the double gate leads onto a lane.

Turn left (north) onto the lane, a short distance ahead is a bridge across the river.
Be aware of the dogs that are kept in a compound here (they tend to bark a lot) and turn right immediately before the bridge. The path follows the river downstream (northeast) until it joins a surfaced road; Barleydale Road which is in a residential area. You are now in Higherford, an area of Barrowford.

200 metres down this road you should arrive at the Packhorse Bridge. It is the oldest bridge in Barrowford, dating back to the end of the 16th century. It formerly lay on the old main road to Gisburn which was superseded by the Turnpike road built in 1804.

Cross the river over this bridge and take the obvious route that circumnavigates the church ahead.

Cross the busy A682 (Gisburn Road) with care and turn left (southwest) down the road passing the Old Bridge Inn. Telephone number :  01282 613983.

Within a few metres and just before Higherford Bridge, turn left on to a path by Pendle Water. Follow this path alongside the river for 400 metres passing the Pendle Heritage Centre Car Park.

The path leads to Colne Road adjacent to Barrowford Bridge.

Turn right over the bridge to visit the George and Dragon Inn Telephone number : 01282 612929 or cross the road to Pendle Heritage Centre.

The Centre has a pleasant cafe selling hot and cold food, an art gallery and a shop selling books and local produce, tourist information is also available here. The Centre is well worth visiting.
Pendle Heritage Centre

The Centre was formerly called Park Hill and was occupied by the Bannister family, ancestors of Dr Roger Bannister, who ran the first four minute mile.

Weather on the Lancashire Moors can quickly deteriorate.
Please avoid the moorland sections when visibility is poor.

The only safe way to keep your feet dry on sections of this walk is by wearing a pair of waterproof boots.

Please follow the Countryside Code (HMG PDF 2.t MB) at all times.