Climb to Lad Law, the 1,696 ft (517 m) summit of Boulsworth Hill on this challenging walk in the South Pennines. The walk starts in the historically fascinating village of Wycoller and makes use of the Bronte Way and the Pendle Way footpaths to take you to Boulsworth Dyke where you begin the serious climbing to the hill summit. The views are far reaching with the Lake District Peaks, the Peak District, Pendle Hill and Blackpool Tower all visible on a clear day. You then descend via Bedding Hill Moor and return to Wycoller on the same paths.
It's a fine walk with some wonderful moorland scenery and a nice waterside section along the Wycoller Beck at the start. The beck is crossed with ancient Clapper and Pack-horse bridges one of which is over 1,000 years old. You'll also pass the ruined Wycoller Hall thought to be the inspiration for 'Ferndean Manor' in Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre.
If you would like to extend your walk you could head to the nearby Widdop Reservoir.
Boulsworth Hill Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Boulsworth Hill Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Boulsworth Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Boulsworth Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Back in the village head to the Wycoller Craft Centre for some well earned refreshments after your walk. It's in a lovely spot with a pretty garden area where you can sit outside and enjoy a scone with views of the little stream. The family run business can be found in the heart of Wycoller village at postcode BB8 8SY for your sat navs.
It's a fine walk for fit dogs and the tea rooms mentioned above are also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your walking in the area you could further explore the Wycoller Country Park at the start of the route. The park has a number of good footpaths and fine views towards Pendle Hill.
For more walks in the area see the South Pennines Walks page.