Walks: Aitken Wood

Sculpture trail.
Sculpture trail.
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Start: Barley Village Car Park BB12 9JX SD 823403

Distance: 3 miles 5k

Time: 1 ½ – 2 ½ hours

Summary: Mainly easy but with a steep climb into the wood to reach the start of the trail. This route is tramper friendly. (See below) For full appreciation of the sculptures be sure to have a copy of the leaflet produced by Pendle Council.

Map. OS OL41 The Forest of Bowland

From the car park take the path behind the information centre and café leading across a wedge of parkland to a footbridge leading onto Barley’s main street – the Bullion.

Turn right. Continue along the Bullion and soon after the Methodist Church turn right on a tarmac service road in the direction of Blacko. This lane soon becomes unsurfaced as it approaches the lower of the two Black Moss Reservoirs.

Incidentally, there is a particularly fine view of Pendle Hill across the water along this stretch.

At the end of Lower Black Moss bear right at a junction to make a short gentle ascent to the level of the upper reservoir, then 200 yards further along reach the entrance to Aitken Wood on the right.

Even without the Sculpture Trail this would be a worthwhile walk providing superb views of the countryside on the east side of Pendle Hill.

As the track turns right it begins to climb with surprising steepness as it enters the wood. After 300 yards the way begins to level out as it reaches a junction.

The recommended route starts from this point on a circuit of half a mile which takes an anti-clockwise direction.

Before reaching the southern edge of the wood the trail swings left and then loops back on a downward track to the junction. From here if you are satisfied you have seen all that there is to see retrace your steps to Barley.

Tramper trail: the upper part of the trail is accessible for tramper type vehicles. These can be booked in advance (48 hours notice) from the Bowland Experience 01200 446553.

Points of Interest: the Pendle Sculpture Trail – the predominant theme of the trail is based upon events which took place nearby over 400 years ago.

Following what nowadays might be regarded as a domestic dispute between neighbours the subsequent investigation identified a group of ten men and (mainly) women to be witches. They were sent to Lancaster for trial, found guilty and executed. Sarah McDade’s ceramic plaques waymark the route as you follow it through the wood.

Interspersed with these are the tree sculptures of Philippe Handford, Steve Blaylock’s metal bats, owl and giant spider’s web representing the natural world after dark and “the Witchfinder” a statue by Martyn Bednarczuk that reminds us of the role of Roger Nowell the local magistrate who extracted “confessions” from the accused.

Useful websites: www.visitpendle.com/ www.lancashirewitches400.org

Where to eat and drink: The Barley Village Tearoom Tel: 01282 694127 ; The Pendle Inn (See www.pendle-inn.co.uk ) Tel: 01282 614808; The Cabin Picnic site Tel: 01282 696937; The Barley Mow restaurant Tel: 01282 614293.

Turn right. Continue along the Bullion and soon after the Methodist Church turn right on a tarmac service road in the direction of Blacko. This lane soon becomes unsurfaced as it approaches the lower of the two Black Moss Reservoirs.

Incidentally, there is a particularly fine view of Pendle Hill across the water along this stretch.

At the end of Lower Black Moss bear right at a junction to make a short gentle ascent to the level of the upper reservoir, then 200 yards further along reach the entrance to Aitken Wood on the right.

Even without the Sculpture Trail this would be a worthwhile walk providing superb views of the countryside on the east side of Pendle Hill.

As the track turns right it begins to climb with surprising steepness as it enters the wood. After 300 yards the way begins to level out as it reaches a junction.

The recommended route starts from this point on a circuit of half a mile which takes an anti-clockwise direction.

Before reaching the southern edge of the wood the trail swings left and then loops back on a downward track to the junction. From here if you are satisfied you have seen all that there is to see retrace your steps to Barley.

Tramper trail: the upper part of the trail is accessible for tramper type vehicles. These can be booked in advance (48 hours notice) from the Bowland Experience 01200 446553

Points of Interest: the Pendle Sculpture Trail – the predominant theme of the trail is based upon events which took place nearby over 400 years ago.

Following what nowadays might be regarded as a domestic dispute between neighbours the subsequent investigation identified a group of ten men and (mainly) women to be witches. They were sent to Lancaster for trial, found guilty and executed. Sarah McDade’s ceramic plaques waymark the route as you follow it through the wood.

Interspersed with these are the tree sculptures of Philippe Handford, Steve Blaylock’s metal bats, owl and giant spider’s web representing the natural world after dark and “the Witchfinder” a statue by Martyn Bednarczuk that reminds us of the role of Roger Nowell the local magistrate who extracted “confessions” from the accused.

Useful websites: www.visitpendle.com/ www.lancashirewitches400.org

Where to eat and drink: The Barley Village Tearoom Tel: 01282 694127 ; The Pendle Inn (See www.pendle-inn.co.uk ) Tel: 01282 614808; The Cabin Picnic site Tel: 01282 696937; The Barley Mow restaurant Tel: 01282 614293.