Welcome To Pendle Life!


pendle-hillThe borough of Pendle is located within Lancashire, in the north west of England, bordered by the Lancashire boroughs of Burnley and Ribble Valley, the North Yorkshire district of Craven and the West Yorkshire districts of Calderdale and the City of Bradford.

The iconic Pendle Hill offers breathtaking views. A climb to its summit so inspired George Fox in 1652 that he founded the worldwide Quaker Movement. Pendle’s heritage is both exciting and fascinating. Pendle is also a diverse area offering some of the best events in the UK, including the award-winning Blues Festival and the Pendle Walking Festival.

History

The name Pendle comes from the Cumbric word 'Pen' meaning hill (or head), a reference to Pendle Hill, at the west of the district. In the Middle Ages Pendle royal forest lay to the east and the title of Lord of Pendle Forest, once the forest was destroyed, was converted to the current honor of Baron of Clitheroe.

Pendle’s history includes from the turbulent story of the Pendle Witches of 1612, part of Britain’s biggest witchcraft Trial to the heritage of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal which celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2016.

Places to see

Top attractions in Pendle include the Pendle Heritage Centre, Bancroft Mill, British In India Museum and Earby Lead Mining Museum. Family fun can be had at Thornton Hall Farm and the Panopticon Trail.

Faugh’s Delph, is a quarry where Demdike, one of the oldest of the Pendle Witches, claimed in her confession to have met the devil. There’s a strange carving there, of a man’s head. Is it a tribute to a fallen quarry man or is it a wizard?

The town of Barnoldswick’s regular markets and range of shops was awarded a Great British High Street Award in 2015. Tours around the area include awalk up Weets Hill, the canal walk to Foulridge and bike rides to Greenberfield Locks.

Colne town on the edge of the countryside has three theatres and fantastic pubs and restaurants, won an award in the Great British High Street competition in 2016.

Nelson town is home to the Vicky Witch Trail and has many independent shops and the popular ACE Centre, a multi-purpose venue with a cinema, theatre and bistro. In November every year Nelson run the biggest Lancashire Day in the county and in September the Nelson Food Festival takes over the town.

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