This year our traditional long distance walk will be covering ground new to us, around the Pendle Way. The walk will start – and finish – at Barley Village Hall.
We’ve decided to give the Rossendale Way In A Day a rest for a while and introduce you to a new route; in addition it is the 400th anniversary of the Pendle witch trials. There will be a series of walks in the Pendle area to take people round the historic landscape, but this will be the most challenging we think.
This long distance walk will take you through many of the places mentioned in the story of the Pendle witches, but will also be a fine achievement to complete in a single day under your own steam. If you are familiar with the Rossendale Way In A Day, you’ll know what to expect in terms of the usual support – food and refreshments along the way then some grub when you finish, plus marshalled checkpoints all the way round to keep you on the right track. The entry donation this year will be arecession busting £10 for both the full walk and the half way walk.
The walk will start from Barley village hall on Saturday 7 July 2012; the route will be walked clockwise, so you can start with a fine ascent of Pendle Hill to warm your legs up. The first full route walkers will be sent off at 6am. If you don’t fancy 45 miles why not try the half length route which isn’t actually half way but a little more – it’s a local quirk! It will still start at Barley village but then you have the option of going up Pendle Hill first, or avoiding the big hill. You will also finish at Wycoller aisled barn having done either 25 or 30 miles, from where we’ll transport you back to the start point. You also get a lie in because the start time for the halfway walk is 9am.
If you’ve not tried an event like this before, you’ll obviously have to be in relatively good shape physically. This is not an escorted walk – you’re expected to navigate your own route, albeit the route is well signposted we recommend you provide yourself with a suitable map (see the link below – it is very useful!). Entrants are advised to carry a rucksack with normal day walking kit plus nibbles and drinks enough to see them round the route. There is a route book available to help you find your way. With signs, map and route book, you shouldn’t go wrong – but if you do, then Mountain Rescue will be on hand to find you!
If you’re undertaking this walk as a bit of a personal challenge, have you thought about doing it as a sponsored walk? Obviously, we’d be thrilled if you were raising money for us, but of course you can walk for the charity of your choice. E-mail us or enter a comment below if you want more information on getting sponsorship for RPMRT.
Have a look here if you want more information on the route: Long Distance Walker’s Association guide to the Pendle Way
You can download our paper application pack: PWIAD Details & entry form 2012 - please note, this document also contains the official sponsorship form for this event