Wycoller Hall and the Forest of Trawden

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Jun 19

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Ten mile walk with some small ups and downs over open moorland and accross some fields, but mainly on Bridleways.

Join us for a roughly ten mile walk over the moors, with some ups and downs on a circular route taking in some beautiful scenery and long reaching views towards Pendle Hill and the surrounding areas.


We will be starting the walk with a visit to The Atom - Penopticon, located above the Wycoller country park, near the quaint little village of Wycoller. Once the destination choice for Penelope Keith's second home. Wycoller is also home to Wycoller Country Park and the remains of Wycoller Hall, which is thought to feature as Ferndean Manor in Jane Eyre. The hall was an amazingly over the top family home built back in the 16th century. Now a listed ruin, it boasts an impressive surviving structure and still houses a magnificant fireplace within. We will take time to explore the ruins and see the former lake, now the local duck pond nearby and hopefully manage to pop in for a drink and a scone at the visitor centre before finishing the walk on the return leg.

There will be chance to take in the views from the Atom Penopticon before and after the walk as it is located near the start/finish point. It is one of a series of sculptures on various hills across the area. Each "window" in the Atom frames a stunning view as seen in the photo of the circular image in the event photographs. Make sure to look out for other events in the future visiting other Penopticons too...


Our walk will start by taking us down into the valley to enjoy a wander through Wycoller Country Park. We shall then be following the Bronte Way up the valley, continuing up alongside Smithy Clough. This will eventually lead us up on to the Pendle Way and out on to the open moors along the Pennine Bridleway. From this point on we get some stunning views out over the Forest of Trawden towards Pendle Hill and the surronding areas. We keep heading west along the moors, beside Boulsworth Hill aiming towards Burnley, before swinging back around to head back towards Wycoller via some yet more beautiful varied scenery. A final drop down in to Wycoller village, where we can check out the impressive hall ruins, before it's time for a well deserved treat at the local visitor centre cafe before one final climb back up to the Atom and the end of an enjoyable day out.


Dogs are more than welcome to join us for the walk, but please remember to keep them under control if there are any other animals about and be aware there are some stiles along the route.

All photos were taken by Kge85 on a previous walk in the area. Outdoorlads has permission to use them.



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Forest of Trawden
Forest of Trawden
Forest of Trawden
Wycoller Country Park
Pennine Bridleway
Atom view
Forest of Trawden
Forest of Trawden
Forest of Trawden
Wycoller Country Park
Pennine Bridleway
Atom view


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