Visiting the Pendle Witch Trail in a VW California campervan from Blackburn is a great way to explore the history and beautiful countryside of Lancashire. The Pendle Witch Trail takes you through the areas associated with the infamous witch trials of 1612. Here’s a suggested itinerary for your trip:
Day 1: Blackburn to Pendle Hill
- Start in Blackburn: Begin your journey from Blackburn, ensuring that your VW California is fully stocked with camping essentials, food, and supplies.
- Drive to Pendle Hill: Head to Pendle Hill, which is a short drive from Blackburn. Pendle Hill is the focal point of the Pendle Witch Trail, known for its association with the witch trials. You can park your campervan in a suitable location nearby.
- Hike Pendle Hill: Embark on a hike to the summit of Pendle Hill. The climb offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and gives you a sense of the landscape the accused witches would have known.
- Witch Heritage Centre: After your hike, visit the Pendle Heritage Centre in Barrowford. Here, you can learn about the history of the witch trials through exhibits and displays.
- Camping: Find a nearby campsite or wild camping spot for the night to park your VW California. Make sure you’re following any local regulations regarding camping.
Day 2: Exploring the Pendle Witch Trail
- Pendle Witch Trail: Explore the Pendle Witch Trail, which includes various villages associated with the witch trials. These villages include Newchurch-in-Pendle, Roughlee, and Barley. Walk around and visit landmarks like Malkin Tower and the graves of the accused witches.
- Witches Galore: In the village of Newchurch-in-Pendle, you’ll find a shop called Witches Galore, which offers witch-themed souvenirs and information about the trials.
- Pendle Forest and the Trough of Bowland: Drive through the picturesque Pendle Forest and consider extending your trip to explore the nearby Trough of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- Camping or Accommodation: Depending on your preference, you can either camp at a designated campsite or find suitable accommodation in the area.
Day 3: Return to Blackburn
- Return Journey: Begin your journey back to Blackburn at your own pace. You can take a different route to explore more of Lancashire’s countryside or return via the same route you took to Pendle Hill.
- Optional Stops: Consider stopping at other points of interest along the way, such as local villages, historic sites, or scenic viewpoints.
- Arrival in Blackburn: Arrive back in Blackburn, where you can wrap up your trip by refueling, cleaning your campervan, and returning it to the rental agency if needed.
Before you go, be sure to check for any updates or closures related to the Pendle Witch Trail and the surrounding areas. Also, check for camping regulations and campsite availability in advance. Enjoy your VW California road trip exploring the history and natural beauty of the Pendle Witch Trail and Lancashire.
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