Pendle Hill is the highest peak within a short distance of where I live. It’s not even a mountain being not quite tall enough the claim that title.

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@bingbabe was telling me that the steepest ascent from the village of Barley can be quite testing and with me ‘conquering’ two the three Yorkshire Peaks last year I thought it may be a good introduction of getting my legs going again (@natubat will be laughing now!)

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I have climbed this pretend mountain before but not on the steepest face. We arrived on a lovely sunny day and started the most walked route up this lane.

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Pendle was waiting for us, sneering.

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After walking a few country lanes we came upon this sign. The textual content had been made little more flavoursome than its original intent.

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Close to the foot there was a couple of older people with sticks or were they simply people with sticks. I peered up the hill and thought, ‘they are not gonna make it'.

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@bingbabe, of course, left me behind and then started running up this steep trail, bloody show-off!

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I, on the other hand, had to keep stopping for breathers. My legs were aching and I was running short of breath often. A couple of minutes rest and I was good for some more,

Pendle Hill is no Pen-y-ghent, and at no time did I suffer any vertigo or get shaky as I did with that one last year.

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What we were suffering from was some kind of flying insect infestation. I got a snap of one in my car window here. They were everywhere, hovering in the air, getting in my eyes and mouth and generally being a nuisance.

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The higher we climbed the less of them we saw and that was positive. What you see here was quite frequent; someone waiting for me to catch up!

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The top was a welcome relief and not as hard as I thought. It was busy up there with plenty of families enjoying the good weather.

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We settled down a little too close to the edge of a near vertical drop and almost fell asleep.

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@bingbabe wanted some photographs and went a little too close to this drop for my comfort. Did you ever feel third-party vertigo?

Well, I do and it's never nice. While falling over this edge would not kill, it would certainly injure you.

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Pendle Hill is probably what you would call a beginners hike or a refresher one for the likes of the unfit like me.

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I plan to climb Whernside this year, which is the tallest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks and this is just a little training for me.


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