Pendle Witches Way

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Start: Sabden
Grid Ref: SD778374
Distance: 46 miles (74 km)
Climbing: 2,056 metres
Walk time: 18-23 hours
Days: 3-4

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Pendle Witches Way is a 46 mile journey from Sabden in Lancashire through the Ribble Valley and the Forest of Bowland to Lancaster which may be the route taken by the women from the Pendle area who were accused of being witches and subsequently executed in Lancaster. The first part of the walk is centered on locations around Pendle Hill which were familiar with the Pendle Witches including Higham, Fence, Newchurch-in-Pendle and Barley. The way then crosses the expanse of Pendle Hill and continues through the town of Clitheroe and then across the Ribble Valley via Bashall Eaves, over Birkett Fell and over Dunsop Bridge which spans the River Hodder to reach the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Langden Brook is followed upsteam to the heights of Bowland Forest with the trig pillar on Hawthornthwaite Fell Top at 478 metres being the hghest point along the way. After crossing the Forest of Bowland the way continues to the finish in Lancaster via Abbeystead, Hare Appletree, Langthwaite Reservoir and Williamson Park.

Useful Links:
Pendle Witches Way Website
Long Distance Walkers Association

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