Pendle isn’t just home to the world’s best bike racks (OK, we’re biased) and one of the loveliest places to cycle in Britain, but it’s also where you’ll find the spinetingling story of the Pendle Witches.
A terrifying tale from the 17th century, tourists from around the world flock to Lancashire to discover this supernatural slice of history and enjoy stunning views of the north-west.
In 1612, twelve people from the Pendle Hill area were accused of witchcraft and murder of ten people. Taken to Lancaster Assizes for trial, many were sentenced to death by hanging. It’s a tale that has fascinated visitors for decades and is a great reason to visit the Red Rose County this Halloween!
Here are our suggestions on where to go and what to see - by bike or broomstick!
The Grand Tour of Pendle – Cycle a 35km road route winding through the scenic villages of Barley, Fence and Newchurch. The hilly local terrain means tougher climbs can be found nearby, offering stunning views of the rolling hills for miles around. Mountain bikers can tackle more challenging rides on the many splendid climbs and woodland trails.
Pendle Heritage Centre – Barrowford is a delightful village with riverside paths, pretty parkland and a fascinating exhibition on the famous witch trials. Informative and fun, the whole family will enjoy learning more about those accused of witchcraft, including Alice Nutter, ‘Old Demdike’ and ‘Widow Chattox’.
Pendle Sculpture Trail - Kids will love discovering “Which witch is which?” on the many trails. Walk up to Aitken Wood from the lovely village of Barley to find sinister mythical creatures, bats, stone carvings and ceramic plaques for each of the ten Pendle witches hanged under the orders of witchcraft obsessed, King James I.
To plan your fiendish Halloween adventure, head to www.visitpendle.com