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Ogden Reservoirs and Fell Wood from Barley


A circular walk from Barley in Lancashire. The walk heads along above Lower Ogden reservoir before reaching Upper Ogden reservoir. From there a short climb heads up to pass by part of Fell Wood, before passing through it to drop down to Lower Ogden reservoir, before returning to Barley.



Parking: Pay and display car park in the centre of Barley (grid reference SD 823 403).
Directions: Google Maps: get directions here / What3words: indicated.confined.vine
Walk distance: 3.5 miles (5.6 Km)
Estimated walk time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Height climbed: 210 metres
Grade: 1-B: A short walk that requires modest uphill walking
Peaks / summits: None of note
Map: Ordnance Survey - Explorer OL41 (Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale)
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Walk features: Birds, Flowers, Hills or fells, Reservoir, Views
Facilities / refreshments: Toilets and café in car park at Barley. Pendle Inn in Barley. Tearoom in Barley and at Noggarth Top Café. Public toilets in Newchurch in Pendle.
Nearest town: Barley
Local accommodation: View accommodation close to the start of this walk from Sykes Holiday Cottages
Walk Tags: walk, walks, barley walk, barley, lancashire walk, barley green, lower ogden reservoir, upper ogden reservoir, fell wood, pendle way, pendle hill


Leave the car park at Barley, and turn right to towards Barley centre over the bridge to the T-junction. At the T-junction, go straight across and pass down the road towards Barley Green down the side of Barley village hall. After about one hundred yards, turn right just past the farmhouse and attached garage, and pass through the wooden gate a few yards further on before proceeding along a gravel track.

View towards Aitken Wood
View towards Aitken Wood

The track slowly rises, and when it becomes less distinct, follows just to the right of a small 'v' shaped impression towards the tree and wooden way marker beside it. Upon reaching that, the path swings around to the right for the gate in the wall ahead. As the path climbs, Barley and Aitken Wood come into view behind in an ever widening landscape.

Path towards Ogden Hill, with Pendle looking large in the distance
Path towards Ogden Hill, with Pendle looking large in the distance

The view towards Pendle
The view towards Pendle

Pass through the gate, and continue along the track, at first slowly climbing, on over a wooden stile, across a filed, over a second stile, and on towards the corner of the wood. Here pass through the gate or the stile, then by the side of the wood and over another stile towards the wooden way marker a further seventy-five yards on. Over to the right are picturesque panoramic views of Pendle Hill.

Black Moss and Lower Ogden Reservoirs
Black Moss and Lower Ogden Reservoirs

Pass the way marker and keep on the same line towards the lane ahead. Upon meeting the lane, walk straight across it continuing the same line to go up a track signed "Ogden Hill" on the right hand side of a line of trees.

As the track approaches a wall, the track swings around to the right. Leave the track here on this bend and turn left, and without passing through the gate, keep to the left hand side of the wall. Continue by the side of the wall, across the field with Fell Wood ahead on the hillside opposite. The path keeps by the side of the wall, as it crosses a tumbled down wall and then descends down to a track below.

Upon reaching the track, turn right along it and on through the wooden stile for a few hundred yards towards Upper Ogden Reservoir. Climb over the stone stile built in to the small piece of walling, and follow the track a further fifty yards to reach the corner of the reservoir.

Here, turn left along the wall in front it, and keep straight on to climb the few steps up to a stile, which leads out onto the open hillside. Over the stile, the path climbs steadily heading initially slightly to the left. After a few hundred yards, the path approaches a wall, which is crossed over by way of a wooden stile.

The path from here heads slightly downhill towards the top edge of Fell Wood. Pass over the next wall by way of a stone stile built in to the wall, and then follow the path around the right hand edge of the wood. After passing a wooden way marker, the path starts to descend to pass over another wall at the edge of the wood. A few yards over this wall, turn left over the wooden stile (marked with the Pendle Way yellow arrow) and start to descend by the side of the wood.

Entering Fell Wood
Entering Fell Wood

Just before reaching where the wall turns ninety degrees right ahead, turn left over a wooden stile, again marked with the yellow arrow, to enter into the woods.

The path initially heads straight away from the wall and is very well marked all the way down through the wood. At times on the descent, wooden boards help keep you out of the boggy sections! The path leaves the wood and heads down and over the footbridge below.

The road home down the side of Lower Ogden Reservoir
The road home down the side of Lower Ogden Reservoir

Once over the footbridge, turn right and then left a few yards later to pass to the right of a tall stone wall. A few yards further, pass over a bridge and then out through a wooden gate to turn right along the road. Over to the right is Lower Ogden Reservoir.

Keep on the track as it passes down the side of the reservoir, at one point passing through a wooden gate by the side of a cattle grid. As the reservoir ends, the track, now metalled, descends down the side of some trees, before bending around to the left past a few houses. Keep on past the water treatment works building, through a few more buildings to arrive back at the village hall. Cross back over the road into Barley road, and turn left fifty yards further on back in to the car park.


The above is an abridged version of a walk included on our 'Walks around Pendle' e-Book. The e-Book (a 2 disk CD and DVD set) includes: full walk text; numerous walk photos; a DVD slideshow of numerous photographs set to music taking you round this whole walk step by step (playable on a TV or a multimedia PC); interactive walk maps; hill profiles; information on towns and villages in the area; things to do and where to stay whilst you are in the area; wallpaper for your PC; and much, much more...

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