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Pendle – Medium




Route Description

Take path branching leftwards from car park next to cattle grid and climb directly to Apronful Hill (CP1). A direct route from here to Judith’s Cairn is possible but may not be the fastest line! Route Choice: Either take main path NE towards Black Hill, taking a path branching L towards the head of Ashendean Clough then follow path right into head of clough to cross stream by a stone slab or use a more direct path crossing lower down and climbing steeply out of the clough. Follow continuing path to Judith’s Cairn (CP2). OR, descend directly into Ashendean Clough and climb out on the opposite side (there’s a trod if you know where to look). Turn R and follow path initially along wall side then cross broken wall and pick up a good trod (Tour of Pendle Route) down to bottom of Mearley Clough (CP3). Climb steeply up to Scout Cairn (CP4), and continue past “bus shelter”, to cross wall stile and take RH path to stone stile in ridge wall (CP5) – just beyond iron gate used as changeover in Up/Down Relay race. Cross stile and descend built stone path to wall corner above Pendle House (CP6). Now take broad track climbing steadily across E slope of Pendle “the long incline” to meet main path coming up from Buttock. Turn L and descend slightly to Deep Clough Spring (CP7). From here, take a beeline across open fell (no path) to reach Bill’s Stone (Ogden gate) (CP8). Route Choice: You could now go up “Ski Sunday” and over Spence Moor, or up Ogden Clough and onto the main path to Black Hill. Next objective is Badger Wells Hill (CP9). Pass close to Badger Wells and take any route you like (there’s a choice of paths) to finish at cattle grid on Sabden road.

NB: All fences/walls must be crossed via gates or stiles – no fence/wall climbing allowed.


Checkpoint Grid Refs:

Cattle Grid (GR.773383)

1.Apronfull Hill (GR.778394) (12 min)
2.Judith’s Cairn (GR.782402) (24 min)
3.Mearley Clough (GR.783413) (34 min)
4.Scout Cairn (GR.788414) (51 min)
5.Stile in wall near iron gate (GR.805417) (66 min)
6.Wall Corner (GR.807413) (72 min)
7.Deep Clough Spring (GR.805405) (83min)
8.Bill’s Stone (GR.801397) (93 min)
9.Badger Wells Hill (GR.783396) (119 min)

Cattle Grid (GR.773383).

(Can be done in either direction)


Rules of Engagement.

Times can be set  anytime but in Summer the Pendle Tuesday runs are preferred, both for safety and social reasons.

Times must be reported to the keeper of leagues (AW) within one day.

You must start from the gate next to the cattle grid.

You must visit all the Checkpoints in order

At the finish you must touch the gate by the cattle grid.


Time categories:

See the Speed League


NB: These individual timed challenges are attempted at the challenger’s own risk. It is recommended that you are sufficiently experienced & equipped  and that you tell someone you are out there!

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