Walks Hike: Newchurch short circular

Hike: Newchurch short circular

— Route provided by the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – see all routes

1. To the immediate left of 12 Newchurch holiday cottage, look for a set of steps climbing away to your left as you look at the bus stop just down the hill from Witches Galore. Following the steps through a gate, look for another kissing gate on your left. Heading through this gate proceed up the small brow in front of you and then onto the waymarker post in the middle of the field. From here you will see a fingerpost by a stone wall; approach it and cross the stone stile. Follow the waymarker downhill towards Lower Ogden reservoir and cross another stone stile in the dry stone wall on your left, about halfway down the boundary. Continue north-east towards Fell Wood across a crumbled wall and head towards the right-angle where the plantation dog-legs (you will see a marker indicating access to the woods).

2. Once in Fell Wood follow the well-trodden path west and then north-west, gradually downhill towards the top end of Lower Ogden reservoir. Once out of the woods and at the top end use a metal field gate to the north to access the tarmac track running parallel to the reservoir. Turn left and follow the track uphill with a woodland to your left and plantation to the right. As you climb you will spot the dam below Upper Ogden reservoir; approach it and cross the dam wall to your left then proceed across the stile on the far-side of the dam (with Pendle Hill now behind you).

3. Climb the well-used path up towards Driver Height until you reach a crossroads of footpaths. Turn left here and trace the path due east across the southern-edge of Fell Wood, keeping close to the fence. When the woodland immediately to your left ends, continue east crossing the point where the woodland fence intersects with a stone wall.

4. Head straight towards the fingerpost ahead of you and then through a small timber gate on the same path. Continue ahead towards a utilities building (if you are keen-eyed you will also spot the waymarker in the middle of the field from the beginning of the walk). From here, head downhill slightly towards the wooded area ahead of you and back through the kissing gate and down the steps to return to Newchurch.