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Pendle Hill, Barley

#6 of 19 in Historic Sites in Lancashire
Pendle Hill is located in the east of Lancashire, England, near the towns of Burnley, Nelson, Colne, Clitheroe and Padiham. Its summit is 557m above mean sea level. It gives its name to the Borough of Pendle. It is an isolated hill, separated from the Pennines to the east, the Bowland Fells to the northwest, and the West Pennine Moors to the south. It is included in detached part of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).TopographyPendle Hill is separated from the nearby main bulk of the Bowland Fells by the River Ribble. This isolation means that Pendle Hill is in fact the most prominent child summit of Kinder Scout, far away in the Peak District, rather than a child of Ward's Stone, the highest point in Bowland.GeologyThe sloping plateau summit of Pendle Hill is formed from the Pendle Grit, a coarse Carboniferous age sandstone assigned to the Millstone Grit Group. It overlies a thick sequence of Carboniferous Limestone beds. In chronostratigraphy, the British sub-stage of the Carboniferous period, the 'Pendleian' derives its name from Pendle Hill where an exposure in Light Clough is taken as the type locality.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Amazing panoramic views of the valley and lots of quaint little villages with coffee shops and more. While in the area I recommend visiting the singing ringing tree for a unique experience.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    We visited on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon. We parked in Barley, free on the road or there is a pay and display carpark, the route we took took us next to a stream then through fields with livestoc...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    We did the Pendle hill motor trail, not for the faint hearted as the tracks are mostly single vehicle & unmade with few passing places but if you can stomach that the scenery is amazing, simply breath...  more »

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