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24 hours around Pendle Hill

With the area’s links to the notorious Lancashire witch trials of 1612, there can be no better time to explore the area around Pendle Hill, taking in the villages and towns of Barley, Barrowford, Colne and Nelson.

1. Climb the magnificent Pendle Hill. Dominating the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Pendle Hill is an iconic landmark that rises majestically to a fraction short of a mountain (557 metres).

It’s a relatively moderate walk to the top (taking about 2 hours) which will reward you with stunning views on clear day.Those not able (or willing) to climb Pendle Hill could explore the nearby Pendle Sculpture Trail, which includes sculptures relating to the so called Pendle Witches.

2. Sit down for a well-earned lunch at the Barley Mow pub in Barley Village (opening Oct 2014).  Serving pub classics The Barley Mow has the wow factor with a hunt lodge style interior (and 5 guest bedrooms should you want to stay over). The open fires will ensure you get warm and cosy in no time.

3. Take a short drive to the village of Barrowford for a walk through the village (it’s specifically good for designer clothes and luxury beauty products) and a visit to Pendle Heritage Centre to find out more about the history of the area and more specifically the Pendle Witches. (These also a great café)

4. Take the weight off your feet with a relaxing afternoon cruise on the Leeds-Liverpool canal with Foulridge Canal Cruises which takes in the surrounding countryside and history of the area.

5. After all this fresh air you’ll be ready for somewhere to relax and spend the night –try The Oaks Hotel, Leisure Club and Spa  – a converted Victorian country house (now 3 star hotel) with views over Pendle Hill.

Staying for longer?

Take a trip to Colne for trendy and vintage gifts and cool household interiors. You’re also got the impressive Boundary Mill Stores, one of the North’s biggest stores of its type just off the M65.  Read our ‘Cool Colne’ blog to find out more

Right on the county boarder, The pretty village of Wycoller includes the beautiful and peaceful Wycoller Country Park (famous for its links to the Bronte sisters who would walk here from Haworth). Walking routes from the park include a trail to the landscape sculpture - The Atom which is another great spot for panoramic views.

Or for something completely relaxing, indulge yourself with a pamper and spa day at Inside Spa in Nelson.

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