Pendle Hill from Downham

  • Isolated fell with excellent views
  • Start from the pretty village of Downham
  • Enjoy the vast summit plateau

It was a mid winter day, cold but clear, when I headed off from Downham to climb Pendle Hill (1,827′). I had previously only done the climb from Barley, but the views are definitely better (mainly by avoiding the urban sprawl of Burnley). Being isolated from any other upland area also helps and it was easy to see for miles in every direction. The climb was fine, patches of snow/ice disguising the worst of the bogs. I was constantly reminded of those other limestone hills in the area, Pen y Ghent and Ingleborough, which also have that hard topping of millstone grit. The vast summit plateau is also typical of the area but there was a chilly wind so we headed off for the very prominant Scout Cairn to the north, apparently built to commemorate a famous Clitheroe doctor (he must have been good as the cairn is very impressive!) We (myself and Mist) headed back to Downham at that point

Recommend: Take your time exploring the summit plateau (if there is no cloud). There are wonderful 360 degree views.

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Pendle Hill from Downham map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL41 Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale Buy Map
Start Point: SD 785442. Head from centre of Downham south on Pendle Road. Avoid two tracks to the west from the road and after 3/4 mile and after a sharp left turn head over style for the open fellside.
Height to Climb: 430 ms (1,410 feet)
Terrain: The track from Pendle Road to the steep climb can be wet but elsewhere the ath is good. The final mile back to Downham is on an official 'Quiet Lane'
Eating & Drinking: The Assheton Arms is a fine pub in the centre of Downham and there is also a small tea shop.
Similar Walks Nearby: Witches of Pendle….Hill
Sawley & the River Ribble
A climb up Longridge Fell
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