Barley

Barley is a small village in the borough of Pendle in Lancashire. It lies within the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding National Beauty.

Until the 18th century Barley was a purely agricultural community. In the 18th century two cotton mills were established here.

Pendle Inn, Barley
Pendle Inn

Barley Green Mill was destroyed by flooding in 1880. A water treatment plant built on its site was subsequently converted into luxury apartments.

Beck Side, Barley
Beck Side, Barley

Narrowgates Mill was built in 1799 and closed in 1967. The mill building and workers’ cottages are now private residences.

Pendle Row, Barley
Pendle Row

Attractions and Things To Do

Barley is close to Pendle Hill. It is the most popular starting point for walks to the summit of the hill.

View from top of Pendle Hill
View from top of Pendle Hill

The village also lies on the Pendle Way. The 45-mile circular walk around the borough of Pendle  includes Barley and places such as Barrowford, Barnoldswick, Earby, Wycoller, Reedley, Hingham, Newchurch, Pendle Hill, and Roughlee.

The Pendle Sculpture Trail lies within Aitken Wood, just outside the village and close to the Black Moss Reservoirs. Artists have created a collection of sculptures inspired by the Pendle witches and local heritage.

Dryad by Incredible Creations at Pendle Sculpture Trail
Dryad by Incredible Creations at Pendle Sculpture Trail
Pendle Hill viewed from Barley Lane, near Black Moss Reservoirs
Pendle Hill viewed from Barley Lane, near Black Moss Reservoirs
Lower Black Moss Reservoir
Lower Black Moss Reservoir

Barley Picnic Site is located in the heart of the village. It offers a pleasant picnic area, playground, a cafe/tourist information centre, and toilets. The adjacent car park is used by walkers and visitors to Pendle Sculpture Trail.

Barley Village Hall is the main community centre. It was built in 1884 as a Methodist chapel but was purchased by Barley with Wheatley Booth Parish Council in the 1940s.

Barley Village Hall
Barley Village Hall

Another church, Barley Methodist Church, was completed in 1910.

Barley Methodist Church
Barley Methodist Church

Transport

There is no train station in Barley. The closest stations are Colne, Nelson, and Brierfield.

Barley Garage
Barley Garage

The bus service between Clitheroe and Nelson calls at Barley.

Cottages in Barley
Cottages in Barley

Barley is just over 3 miles drive from Junction 13 of the M65, the motorway linking Preston to Colne.

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