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The Pendle Witches Way Route


The route itself will take you from the aptly named Pendle Witch Inn in Sabden all the way through the Ribble Valley and The Forest of Bowland to Lancaster Castle. You will travel through the area around Pendle Hill known to Chattox and Demdike and all the other protagonists in the Pendle Witches story before heading North West to the scene of their fate. Some of the buildings are long lost although some are still to be seen and it was the intention of the author to visit as many of these as possible on the walk.

Perhaps one of the more difficult aspects was to try and take the walker through The Forest of Bowland. It was finally decided to go with the more direct route from Clitheroe through Bashall, past Browsholme Hall to Dunsop Bridge before going straight over Hawthornthwaite Top to Abbeystead and on to Lancaster. This was deemed more preferable than an alternative suggestion for the route via Salter Fell / Hornby Road which, apart from being an exposed route over Whitendale, also seemed to be a bit of a long way round getting to Lancaster (well in excess of 50 miles).

The final descent into Lancaster takes you past their place of execution at Golgotha and on to Lacaster Castle where they were held for four months before being tried and sentenced to their deaths.

Virtually the entire route is on the OS Outdoor Leisure 41 Forest of Bowland map although you will need OS Outdoor Leisure 21 South Pennines and the OS Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors for the early part of the walk.





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