The fact that this walk attempts to follow the route taken by the witches after their arrests trekking from Pendle to Lancaster ensures the use of ancient paths and bridleways, and this provides continual interest and good walking underfoot throughout compared with some modern LDPS that are more contrived and artificial. We have thoroughly enjoyed the whole of this project and splitting it into day walks has given us time to examine many points of interest.
|Caton Moor, just after our start|
|Tercet number 7 - there are 10 for the number of witches, and a poem for each one by Carol Ann Duffy - see whole poem below. The castings of the poems are raised to facilitate rubbings|
|Down into the Lune valley - river in centre - click to enlarge|
|Tercet number 8 on the bridge over the river Lune - a popular cycle track co-opted for a short distance by our walk|
|Orchid - click to enlarge to see spots on leaves at bottom which BC tells me is a point for identification|
|Number 9 at the Ashton Memorial near the execution venue overlooking Lancaster|
|I particularly liked the line, "sunset's crimson shame"|
|Ashton Memorial. There is history on Wiki if you want - not all that interesting, but we climbed the steps for a grand view of Lancaster from the top balcony|
|This pub was on the route from the castle to the execution venue and the witches were offered to stop for a last drink - see plaque below|
|Number 10 - at the castle|
|Lancaster Castle. It is still a prison|
I notice they talk about a player "winning a penalty". Well, that is ambiguous, but my interpretation, and the tone of the commentators implies that the player has managed to con the referee into thinking he was fouled, therefore meriting the penalty. If that is seen to be laudable there is not much hope for the morals of our youngsters who see these guys as role models.
Also, one player grabbed the shirt of an opponent and held onto it for ages blatantly restricting the guy from getting the ball. The commentator said " You can get away with that when the ref. doesn't see you", his tone unmistakably implying that this was clever and praiseworthy action on the part of the perpetrator. It is all that kind of thing that puts me off watching what in concept is a fine spectator sport.