Lancashire

Witch Way

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Overview

Travel the estuary to Milnthorpe towards Arnside before heading to Leighton Hall Estate. Follow the coast to the resort of Morecambe and then head inland to historic Lancaster. Enjoy the scenery of he Trough of Bowland before dropping down towards Clitheroe. Finish up with sights of Pendle Hill and visiting the witch statue in Roughlee.

Milnthorpe

Low tide in Morecambe Bay and the Lune Estuary is feeding time for a multitude of sea birds and waterfowl and a good time to take the coastal walk to Arnside. This is quiet countryside and relaxing shore walking overlooking water, salt marsh and intertidal reefs.

Arnside

A popular village on the shore of Morecambe Bay on the edge of an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Morecambe Bay has some fast rising tides so there is the opportunity to walk across the sand at low tide with an experienced guide avoiding the quicksands. The surging tide creates a small Bore that can be seen from Arnside. The ruins of 15th century Arnside Tower can also be seen in the distance.

Leighton Hall

The house and gardens are still home to members of the famous Lancaster furniture manufacturers Gilllow and Co with many examples of their work on display. The present house was designed in the Adams style in 1763 when the extensive parkland and woodland gardens were established. The house was renovated with a Gothic façade in the mid 1800’s.

Morecambe

A popular seaside resort with sandy beaches and a long promenade and gardens. Home to the renovated Art Deco Midland Hotel overlooking the Bay and stone jetty. Nearby the playful statue of Eric Morecambe and further along Marine Drive is the entrance to Happy Mount Park.

Lancaster

Rich in history the castle perched on a hill overlooking the town has been the site of a prison and a county court. In 1612 it was the scene of the Pendle Witch trial resulting in 10 executions. The town now hosts many fine stone buildings, the Lancaster canal, the Ashton Memorial in Williamson park and an Observatory. Nearby Glasson Dock on the Lune estuary offers a good walking area.

Browsholme

Taking the road through the Trough of Bowland you are encouraged to stop and walk to take in the scenery. The village of Dunsop Bridge is popular as it is 3 miles from the geographic centre of the country. Then on to the Elizabethan mansion and gardens of Browsholme Hall which has been owned by the same family since 1507.

Clitheroe

On the banks of the River Ribble the bustling market town is filled with solid stone buildings and many independent shops all dominated by the medieval castle ruins of Clitheroe Castle.

Stonyhurst

A short distance from Clitheroe is the massively impressive Stonyhurst College, a roman catholic college but this area is said to have given inspiration to J R R Tolkein and where he wrote parts of the trilogy. The area is dotted with names that are familiar from The Lord of the Rings - Shire Lane in Hurst Green, for instance, or the River Shirebourn.

Pendle Hill

For those not wishing to climb Pendle Hill, the summit is 557 metres, the best views are maybe from Clitheroe Castle ramparts with views looking down to the Ribble Valley and the town of Clitheroe. If you fancy the climb you can see for miles and are following in the footsteps of both witches and also George Fox who founded the Quakers.

Roughlee

The Pendleside village can trace its roots to before the Norman Conquest, was one of the first centres of Methodism but it most remembered for being the home of one of the so called Pendle witches, Alice Nutter, who is recognised by a statue in the village. Local walks include stepping stones over the river and a small waterfall.

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Overview

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Milnthorpe

2
5.0 miles

Arnside

3
35.8 miles

Leighton Hall

4
30.0 miles

Morecambe

5
4.8 miles

Lancaster

6
20.3 miles

Browsholme

7
5.4 miles

Clitheroe

8
4.8 miles

Stonyhurst

9
11.6 miles

Pendle Hill

10
3.2 miles

Roughlee

What to see and do…

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Lancaster Castle

Castle Parade, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1YJ

Lancaster City Museum

Market Square, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1HT

Blackpool Tower Eye

Blackpool Tower, The Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 4BJ

Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Madame Tussaud, 87 - 89 Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 5AA

SEA LIFE Blackpool

SEA LIFE Blackpool, Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 5AA

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, 525 Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1EZ

About the Witch Way Trail

Distance:121 miles
Cities / Towns:10
Number Of Businesses:6

Start from Milnthorpe on the unspoilt Kent estuary before exploring Arnside and Silverdale with views across Morecambe Bay and the Lake District fells.

Travelling south, stop at Leighton Hall to see a good collection of antique Gillow & Co furniture before arriving in Carnforth.

Morecambe’s sandy beaches and gentile charm is reflected in the art deco Midland Hotel looking out across the bay to the Lakes. On to Lancaster, steeped in history and well worth a longer stop to explore. Visit Gresgarth Gardens before heading to Clitheroe through the great scenery of the Trough of Bowland. Largely unspoilt, the pass and valleys are mainly open moorland with flowing streams and wooded valleys popular.

As you descend into the Ribble Valley towards Clitheroe it’s worth stopping to see the Elizabethan mansion and gardens at Browsholme Hall.

Clitheroe is a bustling market town dominated by its medieval castle and in the distance you will see the commanding height of Pendle Hill. To the southwest is Stonyhurst College, this massive building isn’t open to the public but enables visitors to explore the surrounding area that gave inspiration to Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy. For those not wanting to climb Pendle Hill the journey ends in the small village of Roughlee and the chance to see the statue of one of the Pendle witches.

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Unspoilt Countryside

Atmospheric estuaries and seascapes blend into brooding moorland and fast flowing rivers with a huge part of the county given to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a walkers’ paradise whether serious hiking or a gentle stroll to build up an appetite.

Medieval Witch Trials

It is nowadays easy to forget life in the middle ages filled with doubt and prejudice where hanging judges would dispense justice. The famous Pendle witch trial saw 10 accused and hanged in Lancaster having travelled to their fate along the beautiful Trough of Bowland from the Clitheroe area.

Solid Buildings

Perhaps reflecting the generations of fighting between the Scots and English or maybe the extremes of winter weather wherever you look there are solid stone buildings. Whether castles in Lancaster and Clitheroe or more modest structures in the smaller villages they give a sense of permanence and beauty.

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Lancaster Castle

Castle Parade, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1YJ

Lancaster City Museum

Market Square, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1HT

Blackpool Tower Eye

Blackpool Tower, The Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 4BJ

Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Madame Tussaud, 87 - 89 Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 5AA

SEA LIFE Blackpool

SEA LIFE Blackpool, Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 5AA

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, 525 Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1EZ