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Halloween warning over Pendle Hill

Posted 19 October 2011
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Halloween warning over Pendle Hill
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Pendle Hill may be a popular route for walkers in hiking boots on most days, but police have decided to make it a no-go area on October 31st.

The decision has been taken amid safety and public order concerns over crowds of drunken revellers heading up the 557 m hill on Halloween, with the site chosen because of its association with the 17th century Pendle witch trials.

Ribble Valley Event Safety Advisory Group is now working on a plan to seal off roads to the hill on the final night in October, barring cars, fairground rides and mobile catering facilities.

Climbing hills at night in autumn may be a risky business in any case, requiring good navigation skills, warm clothing and a torch.

Those looking to climb Pendle Hill by day may choose from several different routes, such as from the Nick of Pendle or up its north face from the village of Downham.