Things To Do

Out and About

If you are visiting this area, you are coming for either the rest & relaxation in the beautiful surroundings or to explore the area on foot or by cycle.

There’s also a thriving local (and national) cultural scene in Pendle; from the Annual Blues Festival in Colne to agricultural shows, live performances, theatre and village activities. Of course access to these depends on when you’re here but there’s always something going on.

If exercise is what you are looking for, we are blessed with many walks of differing lengths and degrees of difficulty, some of which are listed below:

Local Walks

Pendle Hill: Up & Down; over the top; round the back; take your pick.

Roughlee: Walk along the riverside from Barley to Roughlee, past Alice’s statue and back again.

Downham: A truly unspoilt village, featured in films and tv and with several lovely walks.

Barley: Pendle Sculpture Trail enjoys a wonderful setting in Aitken Wood near Barley. Artists have created a number of sculptures inspired by Pendle’s local heritage.

Tolkien Trail

Many areas in the UK claim to have inspired J.R.R Tolkien creation of middle earth but the author certainly spent a lot of his time at Stoneyhurst College working on The Lord of the Rings during the Second World War.

Many have found connections with this landscape around the college and the 5.5 mile Tolkien Trail explores the Ribble Valley that could well have inspired him.

Country and Village Walks

Pendle 3 peaks: Gloriously varied and unspoilt countryside awaits those who walk Pendle’s Three Peaks. The Three Peaks in question are Pendle Hill, Boulsworth Hill, and Weets Hill and all have their own very unique character.

Pendle Pub Walk:  (12 pubs and 12 miles) or a part thereof! What better way to get to know the whole area?

The Yorkshire Three peaks - Further Afield

The Three Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside are among the best known hills in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Every year thousands come to reach the top of at least one, or to conquer all three by taking on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge.

With spectacular scenery and fantastic walking opportunities, this is a great place to spend a few days, staying in the area soaking up the scenery and walking all three peaks.

Malham Cove

Malham Cove is a huge curving amphitheatre shaped cliff formation of limestone rock.

The vertical face of the cliff is about 260 feet high.

The top of the cove is a large area of deeply eroded limestone pavement, of a strange pattern rarely seen in England and of national heritage status.

The majesty of Malham Cove looks out over the Village of Malham and has been attracting visitors for centuries.

The Blues Festival Colne - August Bank Holiday Weekend

“UK Blues Festival of the Year”

Three nights and days of incredible live music by over 50 performers make for an “Excellent festival, great atmosphere throughout the town and a wonderful way to spend the weekend. Top marks to everyone on the organising team and a great reason to visit a beautiful part of the world.”

Where To Find Information About Local Activities

@pendlelocalnews is a local Facebook page that collates and publishes local news and events.

The focus is on events that are free or which benefit the local area and local people in some way.

Paid-for-events do find their way onto these pages if the money raised will benefit local charities or if subscribers to the page are offered a special deal but over 90% of activities are free to attend.

There are other Facebook groups dedicated to the local villages and towns that regularly post and discuss events and happenings in Pendle that you can also look at. Additionally there are websites such as that promote paid-for events from the local Pendle area and the wider Lancashire area too.