THE PENDLE WAY IS A WONDERFULLY BEAUTIFUL TRAIL OF HISTORY
Lancashire's Pendle Way is a 45-mile circular footpath ranging from limestone meadows to rugged millstone grit moorland. There are hamlets, villages and towns associated with the Pendle Witches and the Brontȅs. Steeped in mystery and folklore is Pendle Hill, the highest point around, and surrounding which are many of the villages and farms which were in some way connected with the famous witchcraft trials of the 1600s.
The Pendle Way Section 1 - Barrowford to Barnoldswick. A walk of contrasts from gentle riverside paths around Watermeetings to the breezy moorland of Weets Hill with outstanding views into the town of Barnoldswick.
The Pendle Way Section 2 - Barnoldswick to Earby. Industrial archeology alongside the Leeds and Liverpool Canal quickly gives way to undulating limestone hills with two ancient churches to explore.
The Pendle Way Section 3 - Earby to Laneshaw Bridge. This walk skirts the looming bulk of Kelbrook Moor and follows Pendle's earliest turnpike road to enjoy fine views from Knarrs Hill.
The Pendle Way Section 4 - Laneshaw Bridge, Wycoller and Coldwell Inn. Discover the village of Wycoller with its ancient bridges and ruined hall which inspired Charlotte Brontë for her novel 'Jane Eyre'.
The Pendle Way Section 5 - Coldwell Inn to Reedley. From the windswept reservoirs at Coldwell the Way leads down towards the traditional northern terraced streets of Nelson and Brierfield, once the heartland of Lancashire's cotton industry.
The Pendle Way Section 6 - Reedley, Higham and Newchurch. Explore the ancient hunting Forest of Pendle on a walk rich in connections with the Pendle Witches of 1612.
The Pendle Way Section 7 - Newchurch, Pendle Hill and Barley. The immense presence of Pendle Hill has drawn people for centuries as a place of mystery and pilgrimage. The summit offers outstanding views over this wild and beautiful corner of Lancashire.
The Pendle Way Section 8 - Barley to Barrowford. Ancient field tracks lead to a 17th century hall in the village of Roughlee which has associations with the gentlewoman Alice Nutter - the most enigmatic of the Pendle Witches of 1612.