Friday, 30 March 2012


This year sees the 400th anniversary of the Pendle Witches trial. A sad event that witnessed members of three Pendle families, unjustly accused, and found guilty of witchcraft in August 1612. The trial took just three days. And they all swung from the gallows, at Lancaster Castle.
So I thought it appropriate to take in some of the splendid witch country, on a glorious day in Pendleside. Before a couple of pints at the historic Pendle Inn at Barley.
Nothing like a testing fell walk to build up a thirst, as I ascended the first steep hillside.
It took in some spectacular views, on a walk of just over four miles. And just under two hours later, I was back at my starting point, the Pendle Inn.
If you are ever in the area, a visit to this pub is highly recommended. A typical old fashioned, traditional ale house. The pub has an excellent reputation for serving quality real ales and fine food. And there is always four or five cask beers to choose from.(10p discount for CAMRA members)
Not surprisingly, there was a couple of the excellent Moorhouse's 'Pendle brews'. Premier Bitter and Pride of Pendle. However, on this occasion I went for a favourite of mine, the Cross Bay 'Zenith'.This relatively new micro-brewery from Morecambe, brew some superb beers. The Zenith is a full bodied, smooth and fruity delight, at 5%. It went down a treat in the spring sunshine.
It will not be long before another trek around Pendleside, thus giving me the opportunity to take in one of the areas many fine, traditional pubs.