A fantastic stroll to an amazing pub: 4 Alls Inn, Higham, Lancashire | Strolling holidays

Begin 4 Alls Inn, Higham, Lancashire
Distance 7 miles
Time 2.5 hours
Complete ascent 533 metres
Problem Straightforward to average

Higham is a good place to begin a stroll, not too excessive, not too low. A couple of miles north of Burnley, it’s within the foothills on the southern fringe of the eminence that’s Pendle Hill. It’s a beautiful nook, a part of the Forest of Bowland space of excellent pure magnificence and much-loved by native residents, however nothing like as nicely often called the villages of Barley or Whalley.

That is sheep territory, so the land is especially peeled again to primary inexperienced, however patches of native and semi-exotic woodland and rocky outcrops break up the contours. Those that have learn any of the fictional or historic accounts of the Seventeenth-century Pendle witch trials will know that this aspect of Pendle Hill was as soon as the Forest of Pendle – an historical searching vary between the Ribble and Calder valleys.

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Higham has only a sprinkling of latest builds among the many older terraces and stays a fairly village. The names of its two most well-known residents have been linked throughout the infamous trials. In keeping with the testimony of Alizon System (granddaughter of the alleged Pendle witch often called Demdike), an area matriarch, Anne Whittle (AKA Chattox), quarrelled with yeoman farmer John Moore, who accused her of turning his ale bitter.

‘That is sheep territory, so the land is especially peeled again to primary inexperienced …’

System additionally claimed that Chattox had used a well-recognized (a spirit) to chunk one in all Moore’s cows, which had subsequently gone mad and died, and that she carried a clay picture of Moore’s younger son – who fell ailing and died. Chattox was hanged at Gallows Hill in Lancaster on 20 August 1612.

One other of Moore’s sons is the opposite notable resident. Jonas Moore, born in 1617 in a home known as Increased White Lee in Higham, was educated domestically however went on to grow to be an influential mathematician, civil engineer, ordnance officer and – as a member of the Royal Society – patron of astronomy. There’s a downloadable quick stroll round landmarks related to Moore and Chattox.

For our longer, loftier hike, we go away Higham on the northbound Pendle Manner, a 45-mile round loop. This part is nicely signposted (look out for the little witches on broomsticks), all the way in which to Newchurch. It’s a gradual climb although fields and alongside quiet lanes; bushy ponies, cattle and goats share the grazing with the sheep. Newchurch is value a quick cease: Saint Mary’s churchyard incorporates the gravestone of the Nutter household, who have been most likely linked with Alice Nutter, one other sufferer of the Lancashire witch-hunt. Spookily, the highest of the grave is etched with a cranium formed like Edvard Munch’s Scream.

Saint Mary’s churchyard, Newchurch, Lancs, UK.
Saint Mary’s churchyard, Newchurch

From Newchurch (the place there’s a public bathroom), we veer off the Pendle Method to go north-west, taking steep steps and a diagonal traverse as much as an uncovered forehead, from which there’s a collection of more and more stupendous views of Pendle Hill’s Large Finish. You’ll see the 2 paths that weekend walkers take to climb the best-known face and might congratulate your self on being extra unique and, virtually definitely, fully alone up right here. I maintain glancing over the drystone partitions to look at how the cloud and daylight dance alongside the dramatic slopes of Pendle Hill.

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Straight east is a a lot decrease tump, topped by a column. That’s Blacko Hill and on its summit is Stansfield Tower – which was constructed by an area grocer on the finish of the nineteenth century, both to get a greater view over to the West Driving of Yorkshire or, as some declare, to impress an area lady. The folly fell quick on each counts.

Take a pointy proper at Fell Wooden to begin descending. The footpath leads by way of a darkish, moody plantation of spruce and pine timber that’s extra Dracula than Pendle Witches. Nuthatches, which have wonderful agility on vertical trunks, and blue tits flit by way of the wooden, although you’re extra more likely to hear the wind whistling than birdsong.

The ascent up Pendle Hill, Lancs, UK.
The ascent up Pendle Hill

You’ll have caught just a few glimpses of water by this stage and as you allow the shade of the conifers will end up on the finish of Decrease Ogden reservoir. It was inbuilt 1914 to produce water to Nelson, which had grown from a small village right into a city of about 40,000 souls over the earlier century.

Cross the bridge and wind spherical to the west. The cleft within the hills the place the water flows between the reservoirs is nicely wooded, with two additional forested areas, Buttock Plantation and Blue Wooden, offering cowl for picnics. There are many butterflies and birds.

Climb some steps as much as the smaller, however technically spectacular Higher Ogden reservoir – inbuilt 1906 – and proceed up the steep hill south of the dam. From right here there are broad views over Winter Hill – with its TV mast – and the moorland windfarms of Scout Moor and Hyndburn. If not as picturesque as Pendle Hill, the sight is nonetheless one to behold. A take a look at OS map 21 exhibits how constructed up the remainder of East Lancashire is; certainly the Bowland/Pendle AONB is a worthy candidate for the not too long ago introduced nationwide parks programme?

The summit of Pendle Hill, Lancs, UK.
The summit of Pendle Hill

The return to Higham is an pleasing, breezy hop-and-skip drop down by way of fields, with the choice of another woodland traverse at Cock Clough (go on, you might as nicely, if solely so to recount having fun with views of each Cock and Buttock) to Sabden Fold. From right here, there are a number of routes again to Higham.

Lancashire has extra footpaths than many counties, because of centuries of working folks utilizing subject tracks to get to mills, mines and barns (although there are considerations that some are being misplaced because of lack of funding and native authorities’ failure to register paths) and there are at all times choices.

The 4 Alls Inn awaits on the foot of the hill with refreshments and outside tables; if a crone affords you a glass of one thing bitter earlier than you get there, simply say no.

The pub

Exterior photograph of The Four Alls Inn, Lancs, UK. A dog is sat on an outside bench looking at a glass of spirits and a pint of beer.
The 4 Alls Inn

Pendle Hill is ringed by ye olde pubs, new pubs, pubs with posh rooms, pubs with vacationers and pubs with fancy meals. The 4 Alls in Higham is a correct pub, specialising in being a pub. It has a saloon bar. It has 4 ales on faucet (Moorhouses’ White Witch, Inferno, Prospect’s Silver Tally, Filly Shut Blonde) at £3.20 a pint. Lager, wine and mushy drinks can be found, and the grub is sincere and glorious, particularly the Lancashire hotpot – a wealthy darkish sauce, buttery-soft meat, creamy potatoes. There are roasts on Sundays (three programs £17.95). Decor is obvious and trendy, however there are just a few previous footage and a glass etching explaining the pub’s curious title.

The place to remain

Because the pub has no rooms, cross the ridge above Sabden (by foot, bike or automobile) and descend to Downham for equally spectacular views of Pendle Hill. Greendale View Kitchen, a pitstop for cuppas and muffins, can be a wonderful mattress and breakfast, with a complicated suite, two good doubles and a twin. The good-looking stone home is on the street to Chatburn (with footpaths in a number of instructions), and the Rutherford household concentrate on native, natural grub.
Doubles, with scrumptious full breakfast, from £70

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