My sister, niece and nephew and I ( and Hugo, of course) had planned to do the Walking With Witches Trail , a 4 mile loop starting at Barley Car Park. The pretty villages of Barley, Newchurch and Roughlee lie in the shadow of Pendle Hill. The area is famed for its spooky associations with The Pendle Witches , a group of individuals who in the 1600s were sentenced to death for witchcraft. Of course the day we set off on our witchy wander it was chucking it down with rain and the foreboding bulk of Pendle Hill was enveloped in mist.
We only managed to follow the trail from Barley to nearby Newchurch over boggy fields, before calling it a day and turning back. I didn’t take many photos, but still thought I would share with you what we did see between showers. The scarlet and yellow waxy cap mushrooms we spied along the way are a fairly good indicator of ancient meadowlands.
Newchurch is named after its ‘ new church’ of St Mary’s consecrated in 1554. The west side of the churches tower is unusual for its Eye Of God. Can you see it? Maybe the eye was there to watch over the locals, more likely it was used as a window by the bell-ringers, so they could view approaching service goers. Whichever, it is a little bit spooky on a grey Lancashire day.
To the right of the churches porch is a Nutter family grave, inscribed with a skull and crossbones, athough it is unlikely that Alice Nutter herself was buried here. Alice Nutter was a land owning gentlewoman from nearby Roughlee. She had been involved in a boundary dispute with her neighbor , local magistrate Christopher Nowell. Maybe the dispute was easily solved when Alice herself was conveniently found to be one of the 12 people in the area sentenced to death for witchcraft.
Although the superstitious times of the 17th century are thankfully over, there is a little shop in Newchurch that sells all things witchy, so we couldn’t resist a mooch…and shelter from the rain.
Inside Witches Galore there is certainly plenty to look at. My sister purchased a painted Pendle witch pebble and as for myself? An ornamental toadstool. 🙂
If only we could have used Pendle Transport ( broomsticks!) for our journey back to the car. We settled on walking to Barley along the road instead of through the muddy fields. Another time we will do the whole Walking With Witches Trail. There is so much more to explore!
13 thoughts on “A Washed Out Witchy Wander.”
Good effort that considering the weather. The shop in Newchurch is a veritable mine of curiosities. The lady owner has been there for years. I came away with a few books on the Pendle Witches and a black cat, Sir Hugh had a ghoulish mobile to scare the life out of his 5 year old grandchild. We were walking the Lancashire Witches Walk. https://bowlandclimber.com/2016/06/27/the-lancashire-witches-walk-barrowford-to-higham/
Like the sound of your Pendle Transport!
Thanks for the link! I bobbed over. Like that you bought a black cat. I do have a real black cat, she’s a madam. 🙂
Shame the rain ruined your walk, but at least you got out and about for a little while with good company. Enjoy Halloween 🙂 x
You too. Xx
Weather can be bothersome, but something to look forward to next year. I don’t think many of us do as much walking in the cooler months.
Take care, stay safe & huggles.
Ugh! Boggy fields, horrible to walk in. But you got some more great fungi pics!
Thank you. I was surprised to see them!
Wow- muddy but great fun.
Lovely photos, the colours of the mushrooms are gorgeous. It is a bit hard to walk at the moment with this miserable weather.
It is horrible today too. 😦
Seen a lot of different fungi this year, more than usual 🍄
When I saw the title of your post I just knew it was going to be Pendle. I really should visit, I think I say this every year! That shop looks cool.
I think the area Definitely cries out for a poem… 🙂
Now there’s a thought . . .