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
The Bay Horse Public House is situated on this junction and serves
hot and cold food. Telephone Number: 01282
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.
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
| The stile ahead offers
a good opportunity to pause and turn around to view the vista of Pendleside
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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
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Water. This is known locally as the Water Meetings. Image
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
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
The path leads to Colne Road adjacent to Barrowford
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
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.