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Pendle is the easternmost borough of the English county of Lancashire.


  • Nelson, the largest town in Pendle, is the location of the Pendle Heritage Centre.
  • Colne is a market town in the middle of Pendle, located at the end of the M65 motorway. The Boundary Mill shopping centre is located here.
  • Barnoldswick is located in the far north of the borough, near the Yorkshire border. The Bancroft Mill Museum is located here.

Other destinations[edit]

  • Pendle Hill is the highest peak in the borough and is a popular walking destination. There are many paths which lead to the summit from different starting points.
  • The Leeds & Liverpool Canal runs through Pendle. The highest section of the canal runs from Barrowford, near Nelson, to Barnoldswick. The Foulridge Tunnel is also along this section of the canal. The towpath is a popular walking and cycling route, however cyclists and walkers must leave the canal between Foulridge and Barrowford, where the tunnel is located. There is a cafe at the end of the tunnel in Foulridge and a small outdoors tea shop at Greenberfield locks in Barnoldswick.
  • Weets Hill is located above the town of Barnoldswick. A quieter route than those up Pendle Hill, you can walk up Weets Hill from Barnoldswick, however the route is not signposted well.
  • The Pendle Way is a 45-mile circular walk around Pendle taking in the spectacular scenery and historic sites including former mills and medieval churches.


Pendle is probably most well known for the 1612 Pendle Witch Trials in which 12 people living in the area around Pendle were tried on charges of witchcraft at Lancaster assizes.

Get in[edit]

Pendle has very good road connections. The M65 motorway runs from Preston in West Lancashire to Colne. Pendle is also easily accessed from the A59 road which runs from York to Liverpool. Rail connections are however poor with only an hourly service from Blackpool to Colne via Preston.

Get around[edit]

It is easiest to travel around by car as there are only bus services operating between the major towns and villages.

Get Out[edit]

  • Skipton is a market town to the north of Pendle, located in Yorkshire. There is also a medieval castle there.
  • The Forest of Bowland is located to the north west of Pendle and is known for its great scenery. Unlike other scenic areas of Northern England such as the Yorkshire Dales, the Forest of Bowland is largely unknown to tourists and so is much quieter.

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