The selection of Pendle Hill photos I have is out of proportion to what I could ever hope do with so many images (except perhaps for a book on Pendle Hill, which isn’t going to happen…not a factual work, at least).
So from a commercial point of view, the amount of time I’ve spent awaiting the perfect sunrise with sleepy eye, or the right amount of Pendle mist, or just a perfect shade of photographic light to drift in (or out) with the morning (or evening), would be considered by many to be time well wasted.
But those who think such practical thoughts wouldn’t have appreciated the very moment the light broke through both mist and sleepy eye, giving enough of itself to wrap you in something similarly misty and teasing and a little bit spectacular.
That’s why you are probably not a photographer (and if you are, it sounds like you have much impractical foolishness still to learn!).
Driving up from Downham (see above) towards Pendle Hill, you can park on the road next to the approach path to the main slope of Pendle Hill (consult your OS map). But there’s also a good schlepp along the top of Pendle Hill, from the Nick of Pendle, for which you can park towards the top of the approach road from Sabden.
It can get nippy and very breezy up there, so don’t be fooled by a blue sky and dress for emergencies.
But if you choose the right day, the views and sky blues will take your breath away.
Ribble Pendle & Bowland Prints