As one of the main gateways to Pendle Hill, Barley is a popular tourist destination all year round. From 12 Newchurch holiday cottage, head over the hill up Cross Lane and then down into Barley village.
Barley is the starting point for many scenic walks in the area. It has a large car park with public toilets and the popular Barley Cabin for food and refreshments. At the centre of the village is the large village green — perfect for picnics and games in the summer months. Immediately opposite is Barley Village Hall, hosting a vibrant programme of community events.
No visit to the area is complete without a walk up to the summit of Pendle Hill. The quickest walk is from Barley Lane, past the immediate centre of Barley, where you can also park. The hardest yet most common walk is directly up the steepest part of the hill on ‘steps’. This is accessed to the rear of Pendle House in the village — you’ll see a footpath sign next to the stream on the left as you head down the main road. A recommended alternative takes you past the two Ogden reservoirs and can be much more pleasant and scenic. Please ensure you wear suitable footwear and clothing, and take appropriate supplies including water.
Aside from Pendle Hill, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Barley is the Pendle Sculpture Trail. This is set in an atmospheric woodland: combining art, history and nature into one circular walk. Several artists have created a range of sculptures in the woodland, some inspired by the history of the Pendle Witches in 1612.