Weets Hill is surprisingly impressive. Topped by a cairn, trig point and a well positioned bench the views across Barnoldswick (‘Barlick’ to its friends) are excellent. It is more of a local’s walk however and therefore quiet and those you meet knowledgeable.
On arrival at the summit of Weets Hill enjoy the views. To the north and east lie the Yorkshire Dales whilst to the west the flatter landscape drifts off towards Morecambe Bay. South is different again with the rlling moors of Bronte Country clearly in view. It is one of the great advantages of being isolated (at 1,302 feet Weets Hill is not small) with the views made more enjoyable by the paucity of other hills.
I worked in nearby Earby for ten years and had therefore looked at Weets Hill for years. However I had never climbed it. The climb itself is good, following the Pendle Way to the top. The initial descent over the Edge is also good fun. Picking your way between the local farms later in the walk is a bit of a trial but it is still worth exploring. The col under Weets Hill can be wet and after rains it is probably better to carry on to Weets Farm and join the Pennine Bridleway there. I did not and got wet feet. Many others had done the same as there is a good track cutting the corner!
Near the start of the walk of ‘Barlick and Weets Hill’ on Folly Lane, just after the zig zag is a house called Standridge. At this point look carefully for a small stile on your right. This is the Pendle Way and the only direct route to Weets Hill. Easily missed.
The paths on the return are a little confusing. However keep heading east and you will end up using the convenient farm tracks.
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