Rossendale is one of Lancashire’s best kept secrets. In fact it’s such a hidden gem you’ll struggle to find it on most maps.
Rossendale is made up of 4 main areas: Bacup, Haslingden, Rawtenstall and Whitworth and covers 54 square miles. Bacup has been recognized by English Heritage as the best preserved Mill Town in England and Rawtenstall home to Fitzpatrick's, famous for being Britain's last remaining Temperance bar.
Travelling to Rossendale
By car - The Rossendale Valley lies at the end of the M66 (from the M60, M62) and the A56.
By train - the nearest railway station is Accrington. View all connecting bus routes within the Rossendale Valley Here
By air - Manchester and Liverpool airports are within easy travelling distance
The Rossendale area is ideal for hill walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders. The landscape is one of stark contrasts, consisting of vast areas of open moorland intersected by steep wooded valleys. The Rossendale Way and Irwell Sculpture Trail middle-distance footpaths offer varied walking conditions. New trails and orienteering routes are being introduced on land around the reservoirs, some suitable for wheelchair access.
Each year in October the Rossendale Valley holds a Walking Festival. Walks for this year include The Fudge Trudge and The Soup Loop, view all the walks and details HERE
The Mary Townley Loop, the first section of the National Bridleway passes through the Rossendale Valley as does the planned route of the National Cycleway.
Rural Rossendale offers something for everybody. For sports lovers try skiing in the morning on the North's premier dry ski slope and a round of golf in the afternoon! Or for the less energetic visit one of the many farmers markets or Mill shops.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015