The Atom

The Atom is a contemporary viewing point at Wycoller in Pendle, Lancashire. It offers great views of Wycoller Country Park and sights such as Pendle Hill.

Information sign at The Atom and view of Pendle Hill
Information sign at The Atom and view of Pendle Hill

The capsule acts as both a shelter and viewing point. It was completed in 2006 and designed by Peter Meacock and Architects WCW.

Walkers at The Atom, Panopticon, Pendle, Lancashire
Walkers at The Atom

It is made from glassfibre reinforced concrete (GRC), and painted with a metal-based paint.

The Atom and Pendle Hill
The Atom and Pendle Hill

The interior originally contained a polished steel ball. This was stolen and has not been replaced.

The Atom is one of four Panopticons (viewing points) commissioned by Mid Pennine Arts. The others are:

  • The Halo – at Haslingden, Rossendale
  • Colourfields – at Corporation Park, Blackburn
  • Singing Ringing Tree – at Crown Point, Burnley

The winning designs were chosen from entries to a competition held in 2003. It was organised by Mid Pennine Arts in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

While in the area it is worth taking a stroll down to Wycoller village. It offers a multitude of interesting features including ancient bridges, the ruins of a manor house, and a 17th century barn.

Cottages at Wycoller village
Cottages at Wycoller village

The village is just 1/3 mile from The Atom. The path down to the village is lined with heavy stone slab walls; erected in medieval times to separate cattle fields.

Medieval stone walls at Wycoller Country Park, Pendle, Lancashire
Medieval stone walls
Ruins of Wycoller Hall
Ruins of Wycoller Hall

Our walk around Wycoller Country Park includes The Atom.

Wycoller Park’s Haworth Road Car Park is next to The Atom. It is just off Lancashire Moor Road. Use the postcode off BB8 7EH to find it with a satellite navigation system.

Haworth Road Car Park at Wycoller Country Park, The Atom, Lancashire Moor Road
Haworth Road Car Park

Nearby Attractions

Tourist attractions and things to do near The Atom include:

  • Wycoller Country Park (0.3 miles) - Country park in Pendle. Includes the ruins of a manor house and ancient bridges.


Map showing location of The Atom.

Map showing location of The Atom


The Atom

Lancashire Moor Road
Lancashire BB8 7EH
United Kingdom

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