Walk to Pendle Sculpture Trail and Black Moss Reservoirs

This walk to the Pendle Sculpture Trail in Aitken Wood and Black Moss Reservoirs starts in Barley. It is just 3 miles long and is fairly easy.

The route is generally mainly flat and the tracks are in good condition.

Car park at Barley Picnic Site, Barley, Lancashire
Car park at Barley Picnic Site

The walk begins at Barley Picnic Site in the centre of Barley. There’s a car park adjacent to the picnic area (postcode BB12 9JX).

Path through Barley Picnic Site
Path through Barley Picnic Site
Cafe at Barley Picnic Site
Cafe at Barly Picnic Site

From the car park, walk between the cafe and toilets, and then take the path across the picnic area. Cross over bridge reach The Bullion and the Pendle Inn.

Walk along The Bullion, passing Barley Methodist Church.

Just after leaving the village, turn right into Barley Lane. Pendle Sculpture Trail and the Black Moss Reservoirs are clearly signposted.

Junction of The Bullion and Barley Lane, Barley, Pendle
Turn right here into Barley Lane
Barley Lane, Barley, Lancashire
Barley Lane

Now walk down Barley Lane. The walk to Aitken Wood and the Pendle Sculpture Trail is around ¾ mile from here. On the way you’ll pass Lower Black Moss Reservoir and Upper Black Moss Reservoir.

View of Lower Black Moss Reservoir and Pendle Hill
Lower Black Moss Reservoir and Pendle Hill
View of Aitken Wood from Barley Lane
View of Aitken Wood from Barley Lane

Just after reaching Upper Black Moss Reservoir, you’ll see the entrance to Aitken Wood and the Pendle Sculpture Trail. It’s clearly signposted.

Sign at entrance to Aitken Wood and Pendle Sculpture Trail
Sign at entrance to Aitken Wood and Pendle Sculpture Trail

Go through the gate and take the path up the hill. It’s fairly steep.

Path at Pendle Sculpture Trail
Path

After reaching the top of the hill you’ll find the first sculptures. Boggart (Incredible Creations), Quaker Tree (Philippe Handford), and The Magic Chair (Ben Gates) are close to each other.

Quaker Tree (Philippe Handford)
Quaker Tree by Philippe Handford
Boggart by Incredible Creations, Pendle Sculpture Trail
Boggart by Incredible Creations

Heading further into the woods you’ll come across the Witchfinder (Martyn Bednarczuk).

Witchfinder (Martyn Bednarczuk)
Witchfinder by Martyn Bednarczuk

Continuing along the track you will see Reconnected 1 and Reconnected 2 (Philippe Handford), and the Weeping Widow (Joe Hesketh).

Reconnected 1 by Philippe Handford
Reconnected 1 by Philippe Handford
Reconnected 2 (Philippe Handford)
Reconnected 2 by Philippe Handford
Wishing Widow by Joe Hesketh
Wishing Widow by Joe Hesketh
Path through Aitken Wood
Path through Aitken Wood

Going further into the woods you’ll find more sculptures by Incredible Creations (Black Dog, Dryad, and Unicorn).

Black Dog by Incredible Creations
Black Dog by Incredible Creations
Dyrad by Incredible Creations
Dyrad by Incredible Creations
Unicorn by Incredible Creations
Unicorn by Incredible Creations

The path now takes you down the side of the hill. On the way you’ll see Chained Witches (Peter Naylor).

Chained Witches By Peter Naylor
Chained Witches By Peter Naylor

You’ve now back on the path where you entered the woods.

Path down hill
Path down hill

Leave Aitken Wood and follow the same route back to Barley.

Entrance to Aitken Wood
Back at the entrance
Barley Lane and Pendle Hill
Barley Lane and Pendle Hill
Barley Lane
Barley Lane

On returning to Barley, you could visit the Pendle Inn for drinks or get something to eat at the cafe at Barley Picnic Site.

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Walk Information

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.8 miles

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