October  2023

A dog friendly day out to explore the famous Pendle Hill Witches

Title: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Pendle Witches

Pendle Hill

 If you’re staying at Rough Top Holiday Cottage, you’re in for a historical treat. Just a stone’s throw away from our cosy haven, you’ll find the intriguing and enigmatic story of the Pendle Witches. So, leash up your furry companions, and let’s embark on a journey through time. And yes, we are crossing the border and heading into Lancashire!

Start by driving towards Burnley and you can’t miss the looming Pendle Hill in front of you as you pass the wind farm. Now head to Barrowford and park up at The Pendle Heritage Centre. This is a great place to start as they have a lovely café and museum with displays all about the witch trials. Sit and watch the film that explains the story from the start.

Pendle Heritage Centre
Witches trail sign post


The Pendle Witches: A Dark Chapter Unearthed

The saga of the Pendle Witches unfolds in the early months of 1612, a time when fear and superstition regarding witchcraft held a tight grip on society. The story began when local magistrate Roger Nowell initiated investigations into accusations of witchcraft.

Twelve individuals from the vicinity of Pendle Hill, including the notorious Demdike and Chattox families, were accused of practicing witchcraft. Subsequently, ten of them, including elderly Demdike and Chattox, were found guilty and condemned to the gallows. These trials have left an indelible mark on English history and are a stark reminder of the witch hunts that plagued the past.

Where to Visit Today

  1. Pendle Heritage Centre: Situated in Barrowford, a stone’s throw from Pendle Hill, the Pendle Heritage Centre is a treasure trove of knowledge about the trials. It houses exhibitions, artifacts, and interactive displays that breathe life into the story of the Pendle Witches. Engage with this rich history through exhibits and workshops suitable for visitors of all ages.
  2. Roughlee Village and Alice Nutter statue: One of the Pendle Witches was Alice Nutter and her statue is a must see, on the road between Crowtrees and Roughlee on the Blacko Bar Road. She was an exception to the group being a comparatively wealthy widow of a tenant farmer.


Witches Galore
Alice Nutter


3. St Mary’s Church Newchurch in Pendle: a grade 2 listed church + yard. There is a family tomb stone for Nutter and it is thought contains family of Alice Nutter.

4. Witches Galore: A fantastic shop in Newchurch Village, not to be missed! You’ll be sure to find something witchy to treat yourselves and lock in those memories. https://www.witchesgalore.co.uk/

5. The Barley Mow pub in Barley Village great food and dog friendly https://barleymowpendle.co.uk/

6. The Pendle Witches Trail Loop: A 4.5 mile trail walk with dog friendly stops on route. Starts in the car park in Barley and you will need cash to pay for parking when you leave and good walking shoes and all weather clothes.


Dog-Friendly Attractions

Pendle Hill and its surroundings are exceptionally welcoming to our four-legged friends. Most of the trails and paths are dog-friendly, allowing you to explore the history and beauty of the area with your faithful companion. Ensure you keep your dog on a leash and clean up after them to maintain the natural surroundings.

In conclusion:

The Pendle Witches’ story continues to captivate and mystify visitors to this day. With its rich history, natural beauty, and pet-friendly attractions, Pendle Hill and its surroundings promise a unique and enchanting journey through time. So, pack your bags, bring your loyal companion, and embark on an unforgettable adventure amidst the rolling hills of Lancashire, where history and legend seamlessly intertwine.

Until next time

Best wishes

Sandra, Brian and the pooches Jasper, Ember + Pinky

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