Walk the way of the Lancashire Witches

Retrace the Lancashire Witches' route with this guide book
Retrace the Lancashire Witches' route with this guide book

Two years ago walkers from Lancaster, Burnley and Clitheroe constructed a new 51-mile walk.

Starting in Barrowford and finishing at Lancaster Castle, the walk commemorated the 400th anniversary of the hanging of the Lancashire Witches.

Now the two men who created the walk – Ian Thornton-Bryar, North East Lancashire Area Ramblers treasurer and John Sparshatt, Long-Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) chairman – have put together a walker’s book of the route.

Their guide includes detailed directions, abstracts of all the necessary Ordnance Survey maps, a short history and lots of helpful advice for those tackling the route.

The route sticks to the places thought most likely to have been followed by the witches as they were going about their business, and then carted up to Lancaster to be tried and hung.

Fortunately, this takes advantage of some of the most scenic and peaceful parts of Lancashire.

The book is available at Vistor Information Centres, walking shops, on Amazon and from the LDWA website.