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Pendle Way - Part 5






From the windswept reservoirs at Coldwell the Way leads down towards the traditional northern terraced streets of Nelson and Brierfield, once the heartland of Lancashire's cotton industry.

Walk Waypoints

  1. 1 From Coldwell Activity Centre (formerly Coldwell Inn) walk along the road away from the reservoirs. Turn left over a stile and follow a way-marked path downhill past a large water company storage tank. Bear right and follow the path running level with a stream.
  2. 2 Just after a group of trees climb a stile. The path from this point is straight ahead along an undefined route through rough grassland and scrub.
  3. 3 Follow the marker posts keeping the stream on your left. Go past the footbridge on your left to join a rough track. Continue along the track to the road at Catlow Bottoms.
  4. 4 At the road turn right and cross the ford. Continue uphill past the farm at Catlow , and soon after a World War II pillbox on the right turn left into Catlow Quarry. Follow the track to the left, leaving it to reach a stile into a field. Skirt the perimeter to a stone squeeze stile in the right-hand corner. Go immediately right over another stile and bear right uphill, then left. Climb the stile at the end of the field and emerge onto the lane.
  5. 5 Turn left through the farm, past Southfield Methodist Chapel on the right. Carry on along the avenue of limes ahead. Nelson lies in the valley below. Follow the track over two stiles to Walverden Reservoir.
  6. 6 Go down the lane past the dam, then turn left in the car park over a footbridge. Carry on over the stream and up some steps to another gate, then along the side of the reservoir. Continue in the same direction through a gap, and on to the next one where you bear diagonally right up the field. Head for a marker post some 200 metres away then turn right uphill to a gate.
  7. 7 Enter the lane and walk up it to the main road. Continue on the path opposite and follow the wall through two fields past Nelson Golf Course. By the houses at Harle Syke, turn right on to the track that crosses the golf course. Follow the path alongside the course over several stiles to enter a field. Fork left to emerge on to Moorside Avenue.
  8. 8 Turn left at the bottom of the Avenue, then right to the end of the road. Turn right, then immediately left into Reedley Road. Carry straight on downhill to the main road at Reedley.

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