12 Lancaster

Walk from Barrowford to Lancaster Prison

You cannot drive along the Salt Road. It is only for walkers (and grouse shooters!) to walk in the footsteps of those poor people.

Spare a thought for those poor people, who may have been called 'witches' in common language. They liked being called that because it gave them unforeseen powers against the more powerful, in terms of class. That then got re-interpreted for all sorts of ends.

They were sent from Barrowford to Lancaster Prison and the generally accepted route was Sabden via Clitheroe over Waddington Fell, on to Slaidburn and up the Salt Road (just a track now) to Caton.

Tercet 6

No 6 on the Salt Road

Commemorative Tercets created by Carol Ann Duffy

Pendle Witch Walk shows where each of 8 Tercets are found, including one on Salterforth.

No 6 is in remembrance of Elizabeth Device, with a view of Pendle in the distance.

Clitheroe Castle

This 'Salt Road' is one of Wainright's favourite walks, but would have been no fun for those poor people, as all but one was very poor, trudging over this path to their deaths.

This means they did not go through the Trough where the coach tours have to go, as the Salt Road is impassible. You will see signs for a Lancaster Witch Trail that make the same mistake for the sake of car convenience. Mind you the Judge Nowell and his mate Potts did go through the Trough, stopping at the Three Fishes and the Inn at Whitewell


Judges Lodgings - "The former home of Lancaster's witch finder has been given a reprieve after a death sentence caused by council cuts."

Perhaps the most famous resident was Thomas Covell, a former Lancaster mayor and the notorious 'witch finder'. It was Covell who locked the witches in the Castle dungeons during the Pendle Witch trials in 1612.

A stone cross bearing his name still stands outside the Lodgings 2pts

The site of the ancient Gallows Hill is where prisoners were brought from the Castle to meet their deaths.

"The exact spot of execution is not marked, but it was here, with that glorious view, that the Pendle Witches were hanged on August 20th 1612. It is thought that the hanging was carried out by putting the noose around the prisoner’s neck while they stood on the cart which brought them there, which would then be moved away, leaving them dangling."

Gallows Hill