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Parlick 234-34.jpg
Viewed from Beacon Fell Road
Highest point
Elevation432 m (1,417 ft)
Prominencec. 34 m
Coordinates53°53′59″N 2°37′00″W / 53.8998°N 2.6167°W / 53.8998; -2.6167Coordinates: 53°53′59″N 2°37′00″W / 53.8998°N 2.6167°W / 53.8998; -2.6167
Parlick is located in the Forest of Bowland
Location in the Forest of Bowland
Parlick is located in Lancashire
Location in Lancashire
Parlick is located in the Borough of Wyre
Location in Wyre Borough
Parlick is located in the Borough of Ribble Valley
Location in Ribble Valley Borough
LocationLancashire, England
Parent rangeForest of Bowland
OS gridSD599453
Topo mapOS Landranger 102

Parlick (also known as Parlick Pike) is an approximately cone-shaped steep-sided hill at the extreme south of the main range of Bowland fells in Lancashire, England. Its bog-free sides make it more popular[according to whom?] with walkers than the shallow boggy hills to its north. Paths zigzag up this hill from the south, or for the more strenuous ascent a straight path can be chosen. This hill is usually green — different from the often thorny brown to red of the northern hills. A thin neck joins Parlick onto Fair Snape Fell with well-worn paths linking the two.

Regarding the origin of the name, Professor Eilert Ekwall, in his 1922 The Place-names of Lancashire, writes:

".. (caput de) Pirloc 1228 C1R, Perlak 1228 WhC 371, Pireloke 1338 LPR, Pyrelok pyke c 1350 ib. The name cannot mean " pear orchard " as Wyld suggests. But the etymology may be correct with a slight amendment. O.E. loc means " fold for sheep or goats." A sheep fold at which grew a peartree (O.E. pyrige) may very well have been at the foot of or on the slope of the hill ; this may have been called Parlick (Pirloc) and have given the hill its name. For a probable earlier name see under Core, p. 143."[1]

Parlick is a popular venue for foot-launched gliders,[2] because it produces good ridge lift in an unusually wide variety of wind directions.[3] The extensive west-facing bowl allows paraglider pilots to fly to Fair Snape Fell and beyond without leaving reliable ridge lift and as far forwards as Beacon Fell. Local pilots use this arena for club competitions, such as the 'Parlick Grid Challenge' [4]

Layout of the "Parlick Grid Challenge". Parlick is bottom right, between grid locations 1 and 3.
Layout of the "Parlick Grid Challenge". Parlick is bottom right, between grid locations 1 and 3.

The summit consists of little more than a cairn, leaving the walker to look at the view, south to Preston and Winter Hill near Chorley, east toward Pendle Hill, and west towards Blackpool and the Irish Sea.

The boundary between the boroughs of Wyre and Ribble Valley passes very close to the summit, with half of the hill lying within each borough.

"Parlick Fell" is the name of a cheese made in Longridge from sheep's milk from the area.[5][failed verification]

The hill and its environs are the location of the legend of the enormous Dun Cow, which was reputed to wander freely across the moorland, and to be in the habit of quenching its thirst at "Nick's Water-Pot", a well on the summit of Parlick.[6]


  1. ^ Eilert Ekwall (1922). "The Place-names of Lancashire". University of Manchester. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Viewpoints in the Forest of Bowland". Lancashire County Council. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  3. ^ Defined Flying Challenges. Ed Cleasby. Page 159
  4. ^ "Pennine Soaring Club". Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  5. ^ Parlick Sheep's Milk Cheese Archived 2008-05-13 at, accessed 29 June 2011
  6. ^ Harkand, J. and Wilkinson, T.T. (1837), Lancashire Legends: Traditions, Pageants, Sports, Etc., ISBN 1-437-1144-07, pp.17-18 Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • The summit of Parlick
    The summit of Parlick
  • Looking down on Parlick, from the lower summit marker on Fair Snape Fell
    Looking down on Parlick, from the lower summit marker on Fair Snape Fell