Pendle Hill LP

Latest Update

Have a read of our summer e-newsletter - with all the latest opportunities for getting involved!

Update June 2017

We are delighted to be able to publish our Audience Development Plan for the landscape partnership, you can download it here!

This document is the result of a large amount of consultation and active research by our friends at In-Situ Arts, in particular Charlotte Hughes who has worked on this as part of her internship, so a big thanks to her!

Audience development – actively looking to engage with a wider range of people – is key to the success and principles of our landscape partnership. There are nearly 200,000 people living within an hour's walk of Pendle Hill and yet many of these, especially the young and people from a black Asian minority background (BAME) do not venture out to enjoy and benefit from this spectacular countryside. In addition people dealing with issues around mental health and social isolation also find it difficult to get out and enjoy the landscape.

The Pendle Hill LP scheme aims to engage more with these target groups, and the audience development plan and accompanying Community Engagement Kit provide us with plenty of information, resources and practical advice to make our activities accessible, interesting and relevant. Please take a look, try things out and let us know what you think!

Update March 2017

Have a read of our first e-newsletter - with all the latest opportunities for getting involved!

Update February 2017

Our Pendle Hill volunteers have been meeting regularly (1st Sunday and 3rd Wednesday each month) and have been involved in a range of activities at Gazegill Farm, plus learning how to do hedge-laying and finding out more about badgers at Spring Wood. If you would like to join them please do sign up on our Opportunities page or contact Jayne has also been busy planning a pilot project for this summer - working with a mental health team we will be providing 12 days of 'purposeful visits' to the area for groups and individuals dealing with social isolation and mental health issues. The project will test out some ideas and then will be rolled out as part of our programme in 2018.

We are pleased to announce that three new partners have joined the Landscape Partnership and will each be leading a project in the future.

  • In Situ Arts are co-ordinating the Gatherings - a number of artist's commissions which will work with projects throughout the programme, aiming to inspire people, engage new audiences and creatively interpret the area and its heritage.
  • The Dry Stone Walling Association will run the Traditional Boundaries project which will include training in both walling and hedge-laying, as well as administering a grant scheme for landowners and farmers to restore hedges and walls around the Pendle Hill area. We recently calculated that there are over 400km of hedgerows and 300km of walls in the LP area!
  • Mid Pennine Arts are going to co-ordinate the Pendle Radicals project that seeks to re tell the stories from some famous, and some not so well known people who were inspired to take action and change the world! They will work promarily with young people, but also engage with volunteers, researchers and artists and they hope to produce exhibitions, videos and publications.

For more information about what the project is up to visit our Facebook page or contact

Update November 2016

The partnership has recently held its fifth Board meeting and a very successful Gathering at Barley Village Hall, which was attended by over 50 people. Visitors were able to find out more about our plans for archaeology, volunteering, visitor management and landscape characterisation.

We are pleased to now able to publish our first consultant's report on the Landscape Character of the Pendle Hill area. This has been prepared by Robin Gray and you can download the report in two parts here:

Context      Landscape Character Types     Map

Following on from our recruitment we are now pleased to announce that Jayne Ashe has been appointed as Assistant development officer for the Pendle Hill landscape partnership. Jayne is a recent graduate of Sheffield University and lives in the Ribble Valley. She will be working on a number of developing projects including the Story Map, the PEN project (focussing on providing outdoor opportunities for people suffering from isolation or mental health issues) and the setting up and supporting the Pendle Hill Volunteers. This last group is open to anyone who'd like to get volunteering, and will offer a variety of activities including practical nature conservation tasks, visitor management and species recording. The group will meet twice a month, for more details sign up on our Opportunities page, or contact, or find details of events on our Facebook page.

Update August 2016

The project is now recruiting for a graduate to act as an assistant development officer for 12 months – see our Opportunities page for more details or go to Lancashire County Council website.

Our Visitor Management research is now underway and is being undertaken by consultants from Fourth Street and Heritage Naturally. As part of this research we want to find out more about our current visitors to the Pendle Hill area and so we are carrying out a survey at various places around the hill including Barley, Downham, Spring Wood and the Nick of Pendle.

If you are visiting the area between 15th August and 9th September but do not meet a surveyor, please fill in our on-line form here to tell us more about your visit:

If you include your e-mail address you will be entered into a prize draw for a copy of Jon Sparks' book 'Hike and Bike Bowland'

Update July 2016

Have a read about what's been happening so far during the Development Stage of the Pendle Hill Project - this update brings you two Pendleside detectives who are gathering evidence for a ‘case’ that will make its mark for generations....

31 October 2015 - £2 million grant for Pendle Hill

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The Heritage Lottery Fund have announced that the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership is one of 13 distinctive landscapes, stretching from Orkney to Cornwall, to be awarded a total of £28 million, to protect heritage and to reconnect people to where they live.

Sara Hilton, Head of the Heritage lottery Fund North West, said "This project is designed to open up, preserve and share the many part of this area's incredible heritage, including the founding of the Quaker movement by George Fox. The benefits of this project are far reaching and will offer a range of apprenticeships and trainee positions for local people."

The £2m for Pendle Hill includes a Development grant of £156,400 which will enable the AONB to draw up detailed plans for the projects which will then be delivered between 2018 and 2021. There will be lots more opportunity to involve and consult with residents, visitors and local groups during the next 18 months so please get in touch to share your views.

Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership

Pendle Hill is a very special corner of the Forest of Bowland AONB. Set apart from the main fells, Pendle Hill stands alone and this perhaps increases its dominance of the landscape when looked at from both sides. At 557m it is not quite the tallest hill in Bowland, but it's certainly one of the most popular to climb. Sitting as it does, so close to the urban areas of Nelson and Burnley, Pendle Hill traditionally attracts large numbers of day visitors, and this can cause problems such as congestion and erosion. Together with a slow loss of habitat due to climate change and the intensification of farming; increased pressure on the traditional villages from modernisation and development; plus a gradual loosening of the ties with the past: the heritage of Pendle Hill is under threat!
In order to redress the effects of some of these issues, the AONB is gathering together a new landscape partnership for a 120 sq km area of the hill and its surrounds and is bidding for £2.5m of Heritage Lottery Funds.

Our proposal is to conserve and enhance the Pendle Hill area, (see map) to re-connect people with their landscape and their past, to safeguard the area's wildlife and heritage, and to improve people's access to this popular countryside area. Weaving through the programme and gathering together the two sides of the hill, will be a creative and digital thread, providing exciting opportunities for people to get involved and to be inspired by this special place.

Update July 2015

In the summer of 2014 the project asked seven artists to carry out some creative consultation for the developing Landscape Partnership. They each spent a day on Pendle Hill talking to people and working with individuals, and recording their perceptions and experiences of the landscape. One pair – Kerry Morrison and Autumn Knight (who was visiting the area from the USA) created an installation and filmed it; others used sound, photography and drawing to capture the information and the people they met.

The result is an intriguing short film, put together by Martin Seddon – take a look here.

Update June 2015

The Forest of Bowland AONB has now submitted a bid for funds to the Heritage Lottery for the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership Scheme and we await a decision from them this Autumn.

Before the application was submitted a Partnership Board meeting and a community Gathering were held at Barley Village Hall on 12th May to share the Partnership's plans for the Pendle Hill area and to gather people's views. The Gathering event was well attended and feedback was supportive.

Participants had chance to vote for their favourite photo, to share a story or memory as part of our 'Pendle Hill Story Map' and to make a glass tile of their favourite place or aspect of the hill with Redcurrant Glass.



The programme will have a thematic approach:

  • Projects that improve the environment
  • Projects that build the economy
  • Projects that provide opportunity for everyone

If we are successful in our application to HLF, the Pendle Hill LP scheme will embark on a development phase in January 2016, and delivery of projects will run from 2018-2021.

Environment projects will include:

  1. Repairing the network of dry stone walls and hedgerows that give the landscape its characteristic appearance
  2. Surveying and bringing into management our special wildlife sites, and seeking to link these with farmland managed for biodiversity
  3. Interpreting the area's important geology and the contribution this has made to the area and its economy
  4. Managing the Pendle Hill Fund to support community-led projects focusing on heritage, landscape and the environment, and generating income to the fund via Visitor Giving and sponsorship
  5. Gathering projects – a series of arts commissions

Economy projects will include:

  1. Image by Jon SparksDeveloping visitor hubs at established 'honeypots' using digital technology and traditional methods to inform people, to reduce pressure on over used sites and to reduce conflicts. We will also improve access for all by promoting key routes in order to disperse visitor pressure and by providing routes for all abilities
  2. Offering apprenticeships for young people in traditional rural and heritage skills
  3. Researching the value of Pendle Hill's 'ecosystem services' and its contribution to people's health and wellbeing
  4. Gathering projects – a series of arts commissions

Projects providing opportunity for Everyone will include:

  1. Supporting a series of local history group surveys into village-wide house histories to create a digital archivePendle Hill Artists
  2. Delivering community archaeology projects and heritage placements: investigating the Iron Age hill fort at Portfield and the secrets of the Sabden Valley, and using digital techniques to widen understanding and interest
  3. Creating a series of projects researching and interpreting the Pendle Radicals: free thinkers and non conformists
  4. Developing training, education and outreach work (particularly focussing on urban, disadvantaged communities) to introduce new audiences to the area, building understanding and confidence to enable people to access and enjoy the countryside
  5. Managing the programme's interpretation materials based on the area's 'sense of place' and a strong brand
  6. Gathering projects – a series of arts commissions

If you would like to find out more about the plans, or get involved please contact