By Sarah Lee
This year is the perfect time to discover a little-known corner of the Pennines in Lancashire, with a walk along the 45 mile Pendle Way.
Bordering the Brontë Moors, North Yorkshire and the Ribble Valley, Pendle is a hidden gem for those who want to enjoy changing scenery in perfect peace.
“Pendle has some of the most stunning views in the North of England, with Pendle Hill the high point in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,” says Pendle’s Tourism Officer, Mike Williams.
“Thanks to the huge variety of terrain on the Pendle Way, from windswept moors to hidden valleys, there’s a different view around every corner,” he adds.
Established in 1987, the walking trail ranges from gentle limestone meadows to ancient packhorse trails, with some challenging climbs including Pendle Hill, which is almost a mountain.
From windswept moors to hidden valleys, there’s a different view around every corner
Pendle’s history unfolds along each part of the trail along a rich network of waymarked paths.
In the foothills of Pendle Hill, the true story of the Pendle Witches of 1612 is world famous.
And this year we’re marking the 400th birthday in 1617 of Sir Jonas Moore. He was the influential mathematician called the ‘father of time’ for his part in establishing the Royal Observatory at Greenwich and Greenwich meantime.
A radical thinker, he was no stranger to the turbulent times he lived in. His older brother was one of the first ‘victims’ of the Pendle Witches.
And in 1652 George Fox’s vision on Pendle Hill led him to found the worldwide Quaker movement.
Moving on 200 years, Pendle has compelling associations with the Brontës who lived on our borders. Their home in Haworth is just nine miles away across the moors, as the crow flies.
You can walk in their footsteps on the Pendle Way as it joins the Brontë Way, to the atmospheric village of Wycoller which inspired their novels and stories.
“The Pendle Way can be enjoyed over a long weekend or a more leisurely week’s walking and exploring,” explains Mike.
“And Pendle has a great range of unique gastro pubs, micro pubs, cafes and restaurants to make your walk a real holiday!”
Each of the eight sections can be downloaded for free from www.visitpendle along with details on where to stay along the way or choose a single base to return to at the end of a walking day.
Or visitors can find out more about Pendle’s history and countryside by taking part in Pendle’s Walking Festival – the UK’s largest free walking event – any day from Saturday 12th – Sunday 20th August.
A new short filmWalk into History along The Pendle Way has been made to mark the Pendle Way’s 30th anniversary and can be viewed via www.visitpendle.com
“Seeing is believing,” says Mike. “Our little film will give you a tantalising glimpse of the wonderful walking country that is Pendle and the compelling true stories there are to uncover.”
A wide variety of walking guides including the Pendle Way, Brontës in Pendle Walk, Pendle’s Three Peaks and the Pendle Witches Walking Trail are available on www.visitpendle.com or contact the Tourist Information Centre at Pendle Heritage Centre on 01282 677150 email: