Walks Hike: Ogden Reservoir and Fell Wood

Hike: Ogden Reservoir and Fell Wood

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

  • Leave Barley car park by the main entrance, turn right and then cross the road to pass the village hall on your left. Pass Barley Green Farmhouse on your right and then take the first farm gate on your right hand side, taking care to fasten it securely behing you. Follow the old track way as it zig-zags over Barley Green, passing through two kissing gates whilst heading for the top of the plantation ahead.
  • Pass along the top side of the plantation and cross another stile to join the hard surfaced track and continue straight ahead. Where the track turns right towards the farm yard, ignore the stile straight ahead and turn left to follow the wall down towards Ogden Reservoir. On reaching the reservoiur road, turn right and carry on towards Upper Ogden Reservoir.
  • Carry on to the top of the dam wall, then turn left and cross to the stile at the far side of the damn. Follow the trodden path striaght up (this section is quite steep and may be quite wet underfoot but rewards frequent rest stops with excellent views of Pendle). On nearing the top of the climb, take the stile on your left and follow the path, over the wall stile, towards the top of Fell Wood.
  • Cross the two wall stiles and on reaching the end of the wood, turn sharp left over another stile and sescent the path down the side of the wood. Towards the corner of the wood you turn left over through the gate and follow the path down through the woodland and towards Lower Ogden reservoir. At the bottom of the path cross two small bridges and turn right through a small gate onto the reservoir track once more and follow this down and back into Barley.