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The Pendle Hill Witch Trials Ghost Hunt

Pendle Hill Ghost HuntPendle Hill, almost a mountain, hypnotic and very atmospheric. In the year 1612 there stood a huge limestone tower where a family of local peasants dwelt. But not just an ordinary family, these so called peasants had powers far beyond our reach. They were in league with the devil, they made clay effigies and used human hair and teeth to make these effigies.

Various local persons died of mysterious illnesses, some in great pain. Milk was turned blue, cattle died without a mark on their bodies and the locals feared venturing on to the hill. One man determined to make a name for himself was the local magistrate Roger Nowell. In great fear for his life he plucked up the courage to arrest two of the inhabitants of the stone tower known as Malkin tower. They were sent to Lancaster to be tried, two days later all the other witches met at the tower but within weeks all were taken to Lancaster for trial and certain death by hanging.

Haunted Happenings will take you from the viewing platform of Clitheroe's Norman Castle situated at the foot of Pendle hill to various haunted and historic locations related to the Pendle Witches. It is here where you will be told the ghostly history of horror, heroes and villains.Clitheroe has an atmosphere not too dissimilar to a Transylvanian town.

Pendle Hill Witch HuntWe then leave the town and make our way up on to the slopes of this infamous hill to our base room. We will be keeping together as a group as the mist and darkness descend around us. You may hear the crying sound of the wind in the bracken, a fox or an owl. You may even hear the footsteps of somebody not in our party.

Many persons over the past centuries have sadly lost their lives on the hill and many locals still steadfastly refuse to go on the hill after dark due to the sinister sightings of ghosts and spirits that have been seen, felt and heard. That is unless you join us for a terrifying walk in the footsteps of the famous Pendle witches. This will be an experience from start to finish and is definitely not for the faint hearted. We are offering you this unique opportunity to be part of this truly chilling ghost hunt.

Please note that the tour is not included on mid-week or Sunday events, these are pure ghost hunts

Pendle Hill Tales

The tale of the pendle witch trials of 1612 is real and fully documented. The twelve accused witches all lived in the surrounding Pendle Hill area and were charged with the murders of ten people using witchcraft. 

Known as the Lancaster Witch Trials, eight of the witches were tried at Lancaster Castle with the Salmesbury witches and others. Another witch was tried at York and a twelvth witch died in prison prior to her trial. Fewer than 500 witches were executed in total between the early 15th and early 18th centuries. The importance of the Pendle witches is evident in that it accounts for more than 2% of that total. Of the eleven individuals that went to trial, nine women and two men, ten were found guilty and executed by hanging and one was found not guilty, obviously the twelfth witch died in prison.

Under the rule of James I the hunt for witches became almost obsessive. James was convinced that he was being plotted against by witches and insisted that his followers must denounce and prosecute any supporters or practitioners of witchcraft. In 1603 when James acceded to the English throne he imposed the death penalty on anybody who caused harm through the use of magic.

Suspicions were high and it was soon realised that favour could be bought from James by those who wished to increase their standing with him. 

The pendle witches lived in an area which was regarded by the authorities as a lawless region and had a high incidence of violence, thieving and generally low morals.

The incidents surrounding the trial and subsequent convictions of the accused pendle witches arose when members of the Demdike and Chattox families began making accusations against each other. This bad blood came from the competitiveness of trying to make a living from healing, begging and extortion.

We aim to take you on a journey of facts and the related haunted activity attached to the witches of Pendle Hill following in the footsteps of 'Most Haunted'. This will be led by a Pendle Hill expert who will guide you through what is certain to be a spine chilling and extraordinary event.

Join haunted happenings for a real investigation into the hauntings of Pendle Hill and the surrounding areas.

Directions to the Event

Directions for the full overnight ghost hunts only

Clitheroe Castle and Museum
Castle Hill
Castle Street

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Please note that these driving instructions are for guidance only and Haunted Happenings is not responsible for you arriving at the event on time. You will also be sent your event email the week of the event and this will included any further parking instructions and meeting points you will require for the event.


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Simon Entwistle

Simon EntwistleMy name is Simon Entwistle, I conduct a variety of guided ghost, murder and mystery walks talks and coach tours. I started conducting guided ghost, murder and mystery tours in 1996, I have always taken a keen interest in the supernatural and in particular Ghost stories.

I have visited some of the United Kingdom's most haunted buildings and nothing gives me greater pleasure than taking various parties on these tours. I presented a television series on regional television called 'Into The Unknown', featuring Haunted Halls and Castles. My latest tour takes place on one of Great Britain's most famous hills, a hill that has gone down in history, Pendle Hill.

The Hill was home to a group of locals who were accused of witch craft in the year 1612. They were taken to Lancaster Castle and Executed by hanging on the 20th of August that year.

This tour will cover not only the story but you will actually walk on the hill in the exact footsteps of Demdike, Devise, Chattox and the rest of the so called witches.

The Hill itself is almost a mountain and has a hypnotic effect. Many persons believe the Hill to be haunted by the ghosts of the Witches. Join me for a guided Ghost walk of the Historic town of Clitheroe. A town at the foot of the hill with its Norman castle burial grounds. Our journey then takes us too some amazing landmarks before we arrive at Pendle and begin our ghost hunt on the infamous Hill.

Please note Simon Entwistle will not be in attendance on mid-week and Sunday events, these are pure ghost hunts


I am writing to say thank you for a wonderful weekend our party of Rotherham enjoyed it immensely. Will be recommending to friends had a good time even though weather not great. Thank you once again for a good weekend.
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Check out the Pendle Hill Ghost Hunts with Haunted Happenings - Pendle Hill, almost a mountain, hypnotic and very atmospheric. In the year 1612 there stood a huge limestone tower where a family of local peasants dwelt. But not just an ordinary family, these so called peasants had powers far beyond our reach. They were in league with the devil, they made clay effigies and used human hair and teeth to make these effigies.

Pendle Hill Dates


Friday 18th September 2015 - NOW FULL
Pendle Witch Weekend


All bookings are handled by Haunted Happenings.

You will also require your own transport to travel between the various locations

Pendle Hill Ghost Hunts

The Team

The Haunted Happenings Team are dedicated to ensuring that you are given the best opportunities possible in your search for paranormal activity. All of our team members are friendly, approachable and will work tirelessly to make sure that any event that you attend with Haunted Happenings is an enjoyable experience. We cannot guarantee how terrified you will be on a ghost hunt with Haunted Happenings but we can guarantee that your time with us is the very best that it can be.

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