The Trail of the Pendle Witches tells a tale of witchcraft and suspicion woven through the moors, valleys, villages and castles of Lancashire county.
The Trail of the Pendle Witches is actually a series of walking and driving trails through the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in northwest England. In 1612, ten people were accused of witchcraft and executed. The Trail tells this fascinating story of superstition, fear and religious persecution through the villages and landscapes associated with the witches.
Look out for the Pendle Sculpture Trail, and the witch-on-broomsticks markers of the Walking with Witches trail around Pendle Hill. It’s worth walking to the top of the hill too – the view across the county and out to sea inspired George Fox to found the Quaker Movement.
The Lancashire Witches Driving Trail guides you from Pendle Heritage Centre to Lancaster Castle, where the witches were imprisoned and tried before being hung on the untamed moors just outside the city walls.
Lancaster is 2 hours 30 minutes by train from London.