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The Lancashire Witches

In 1612 ten people were executed on the moors about Lancaster, having been found guilty of witchcraft at Lancaster Castle. The evidence given against the so called ‘Pendle Witches’ was based on memories, hearsay and superstition and would not be considered in a modern court. But life was very different 400 years ago; religious persecution was rife and people lived in wretched fear and poverty.

Over 400 years later you have the chance to follow the journey taken by the accused witches, to learn about their lives and the trial that made British history. From the untamed moorlands of Pendle Hill to the mighty court of Lancaster, take a journey of discovery through Lancashire’s dramatic and historic past.

    • A Bewitching Short Break

      A Bewitching Short Break

      From the untamed moorlands of Pendle Hill to the mighty court of Lancaster, follow the journey taken by the Lancashire witches in 1612 through the Forest of Bowland AONB.

    • The story of the Lancashire Witches

      The story of the Lancashire Witches

      The real story of the 1612 Lancashire Witch trial takes us back to a time when religious persecution was rife and people lived in wretched fear and poverty...

    • On the trail of the Pendle Witches

      On the trail of the Pendle Witches

      Follow in the steps of the Lancashire Witches - a series of walking and driving routes in Lancashire.

    • Walking with Witches Trail - 7.5 Mile Walk

      Walking with Witches Trail - 7.5 Mile Walk

      In the shadow of Pendle Hill lie pretty villages, which tell a story of intrigue and witchcraft nearly 400 years old. Follow in the footsteps of the lengendary Pendle witches on this 7.5 mile walk.

    • Samlesbury Witches

      Samlesbury Witches

      Tried alongside the defendants from Pendle were three women from Samlesbury.

    • Lancashire Witches; The Film

      Lancashire Witches; The Film

      Check out the highlights of the Lancashire Witches Driving Trail on this new Visit Britain film. Accompany the presenter on a two day tour from Pendle Hill to Lancaster Castle to uncover the intriguing story of the 1612 Lancashire Witch Trails.

    • The poem of The Lancashire Witches

      The poem of The Lancashire Witches

      A new poem by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be carved into the landscape of a new 51-mile walk created to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Lancashire Witches.

    • Books on the Lancashire Witches

      Books on the Lancashire Witches

      Discover the bewitching story of the Lancashire Witches with three new books, published to coincide with the 400th anniversary.

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