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Pendle Walking Festival – Walk 55. Witch way to Malkin Tower

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Barley Car Park

Barley

Near Burnley

BB12 9JX

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A walk through fields, woods and villages to the site of Malkin Tower, home to some of the women who were condemned as Pendle Witches.

Starting from Barley car park the walk runs along the river on the bridleway to the hamlet of Whitehough. We then head up through the woods surrounding Whitehough Camp school and cross Stang Top Lane heading up to Brown Hill. The path then drops down through a coniferous plantation to Blacko water which we follow for a short distance to Wheathead Lane. We cross the lane and continue up to a Admegill Pasture. We take a wide arc around Blacko Tower and stop briefly at the site of Malkin Tower.

Malkin Tower was an important location in the story of the Pendle Witches - it was home to to a number of women - supposedly witches - who were tried and later hung at Lancaster Castle. The current Malkin Tower Farm was only built after the trials of 1612 and the site of Malkin Tower from the earlier time has been a bit of a mystery. However, thanks to archaeological investigations in 2018 the remains of a settlement have been found in a field just above Malkin Tower Farm. With the dig completed the only remains which can still be seen on site is the mysterious Malkin Gable which we will see on our walk. This site was recently featured in an episode of the Channel 5 documentary “Digging up Britain’s Past” which you can watch here https://www.my5.tv/digging-up-britains-past/season-1/episode-1-2-2

Continuing with the walk the path takes is through the village of Blacko and down to Watermeetings (the meeting of Blacko Water and Pendle Water). We then head up through a wood to a footpath across Roughlee with spectacular views of Pendle Hill. We briefly look at Roughlee Hall - supposedly the home of Alice Nutter who was also tried for witch craft. From Roughlee we follow the path back to Barley.

The walk has several steep sections and there is some difficult terrain under foot in places. There are also numerous stiles to climb. There are public toilets and refreshments available in Barley at the start of the walk.

Approximate length of walk: 8 miles

Walk grading: Hard - walks with some difficult terrain and hilly sections (1 – 9 miles)

Pace of walk: we hope to set a faster pace with only occasional breaks.

Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for walking. The weather can change rapidly so please bring waterproofs. Please also bring drinking water.

Dogs are not allowed on this walk.

Please bring a packed lunch.

Booking is essential for this walk. Please book a place through this website if you wish to take part.

Please ensure that if you arrive by car that you park considerately and pay any parking charges which are applicable.

Leader: Tom Partridge

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BB12 9JX

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