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From the car park, take this path past the tea room and picnic site...
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...to bear diagonally left across this cobbled bus turning circle, then go right along the road.
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Immediately past Meadowbank Farm, cross the road to take this footpath signed Pendle Way through a kissing gate and keep ahead on the other side of a footbridge.
The Pendle Way is a 72½ km (45 mile) waymarked trail through some of Pendle's most attractive countryside. The witch on a broomstick waymarks highlight its links with the Pendle Witches.
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Bear right over a second footbridge then go left along this lane on the other side.
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After about 70 metres follow these painted arrows and other local directions through the residential properties...
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... to take this path on your right (the cobbled stone section of the path leading to the footbridge can be slippery when wet). From the footbridge continue ahead along a clear track.
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Bear right for 50 metres (164 feet) on the other side of this gate by Brown House and Ing Head Farm...
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..then left through this gate. Once past the second field boundary, follow the line of telegraph wires and go through the gate in the top right hand corner of the field.
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Follow the right hand boundary to bear diagonally right across the next field after passing through this kissing gate by Pendle House (the building to your right).
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Climb up the path diagonally right ahead of you after passing through this gate in the top right hand corner and keep to the main path as it bends round to your left near the top following the wall for a short distance.
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Turn left at this junction by a gate in the wall and head up past the trig point at the summit of Pendle Hill continuing ahead to a left hand bend.
Pendle Hill was the source of inspiration for George Fox' Quaker movement which he started after his famous hill top vision in 1652, it was also a favourite haunt of the Pendle Witches. The trig point stands on the site of an ancient beacon last used to celebrate Queen Victoria' diamond jubilee..
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Here you still continue ahead following the ridge down on a path that is a bit indistinct in places.
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At these sets of gates take the track ahead after the first, then go left through the smaller gate at the second set and follow the right hand boundary.
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On reaching this gravel farm track, follow it left...
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...to this junction where you follow the road right.
Following the road left for 2 km (1¼ miles) past a reservoir (Lower Ogden Reservoir) takes you back into Barley on a shortened route.
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Go through this gate on your left a few metres before the main gate across the track and follow the path keeping ahead at junctions...
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...until you reach this one just before a concrete bridge with railings across the culvert on your left; where you bear sharp right down a minor path past an information board and white inscribed Pendle Witches marker stone.
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Then cross this footbridge and follow the path up through the woodland...
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...to bear right after this gate along the right hand boundary.
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Turn left the other side of this stile and follow the left hand boundary through 2 fields.
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On entering this third field, head to the right of the brick building in the distance ahead to follow the signage on the path marker post when it comes into view...
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..and go through this gate to follow the path right, down to the village of Newchurch.
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Here you follow the road left for a few paces...
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...before turning right here towards Roughlee.
Just uphill from this junction you will see Witches Galore, dare you venture inside to satisfy your curiosity about the local witchcraft and legends and perhaps try a witches brew in the tea room.
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About 70 metres (230 feet) down the lane, bear left through this gate to head diagonally right across the field and over the stile in the wall on the far side.
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Here you fork left on the upper path through the wood.
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Keep ahead at the end of the wood over this stile and head diagonally left up to the left hand boundary that you follow; climbing over a double stile and continuing along the boundary that is now on your right down to a farm track.
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Cross this track and bear slightly right down to the road.
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Cross this road with care (blind bend traffic hazard) and take the lane opposite towards White Hough.
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At this right hand bend the other side of a bridge, you continue ahead along the riverside track for just over ¾ km (about ½ mile) past a cobbled street with its mill cottages and the Narrowgate Cotton Mill.
The Narrowgate Mill was a water-powered cotton-spinning mill, built in 1799 and rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1867. It suffered a flood in 1891 and another fire in 1920, but despite these setbacks it continued operating until 1967 after which, it was converted to residential apartments. The mill cottages probably housed the Mills workers.
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Shortly after passing the Mill apartments, you come to this left hand bend where you again keep ahead along the short path to the car park you started from and the option of afternoon tea before heading home.