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|Wycoller Panopticon Trail|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 04 Jul 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 2 mile circular walk around Wycoller Country Park in Pendle, Lancashire. The walk begins at the Panopticon, a modern structure that acts as both a sheltered viewing point and a beautiful object in the landscape. The route takes in hillside sheep pastures, the pretty Wycoller Beck with its beautiful old bridges and the remains of Wycoller Hall, believed to have been the inspiration for Ferndean Manor, in Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre. |
IMPORTANT NOTE: The footpath across the hillside pasture between Fosters Leap and Parson Lee farms can be very boggy at times and can pose a danger of walkers getting stuck when at its wettest. For this reason, this walk is best reserved for the drier months of the year (when you will probably not even see a drop of mud). The walk has a gradual descent at the start of the walk and the equivalent climb at the end. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, steps and a couple of narrow footbridges but there are no stiles. You will be sharing many of the pastures with sheep so take care with dogs. There are public toilets at the picnic site about two-thirds of the way round. Approximate time 1 hour.
The walk starts and finishes from the Wycoller Country Park Haworth Road Car Park, just north-east of Wycoller village in Lancashire. The car park is free, is marked with a brown tourism sign and is on the road between Haworth and Colne. Approximate post code BB8 7EH.
|Start to Fosters Leap Farm|
Start point: 53.8497 lat, -2.0967 long
To begin the walk make your way to the Panopticon structure called The Atom, just in front of the car park. A Panopticon is defined as a structure or space providing a panoramic view, derived from the name Panoptes of Greek mythology, an all-seeing giant with a hundred eyes. This is one of a series of four, the Pennine Lancashire’s Panopticons, each a different modern design but all intended to draw people to these viewpoints and to catch the eye of walkers from afar. From inside The Atom, the circular viewing windows perfectly frame the unrivalled views of Pendle Hill and beyond.
|Fosters Leap Farm to Parson Lee Farm|
Start point: 53.847 lat, -2.0912 long
NOTE: As mentioned in the introduction, this next section of the walk crosses a grass hillside which is notoriously muddy and boggy in the wetter months and can be treacherous (even trapping walkers at its worst). If you are walking at these times please do take extreme care or consider returning to do the walk at another time. If you are walking at a dry time of year don’t worry, the bog disappears completely when it dries out.
|Parson Lee Farm to Clam Bridge|
Start point: 53.8449 lat, -2.0896 long
Turn right along this track (part of the Pennine Way) with a stream running down to the right. The track swings right, leading you over the stream and continues with the water now running to the left. If you look up to the right you will be able to see The Atom perched high on the hillside, looking like a glacial boulder that might at any time start its roll down the hill whilst also resembling (in my eyes at least!) a traditional divers helmet.
|Clam Bridge to Wycoller Hall|
Start point: 53.8464 lat, -2.0987 long
Continue along the main vehicle track, with the stream still on the left. Fairly soon afterwards (where a stone wall begins on the right), you will come to another bridge over the beck, Copy House Bridge. Turn left over the bridge and then fork right to join the tarmac path swinging steadily right through the conservation area.
|Wycoller Hall to End|
Start point: 53.8489 lat, -2.1041 long
When you have finished exploring the hall ruins, return to the stone access track. Standing with your back to the hall and facing the beck, turn left. After the Aisled Barn Visitor Centre, fork left onto the paved path. Immediately before the toilet block and picnic site, turn left up the grass slope to join a path climbing steadily.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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