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Back in medieval times Rawtenstall (pronounced Rottenstall in case you were wondering!) was part of the Forest of Rossendale, and although the forest has largely been replaced by rolling fields and dales, the Rossendale Valley remains a picturesque place to visit. With bed and breakfast accommodation in Rawtenstall, you might want to plan a stay to explore the area and discover its delights.
The Whitaker is a must see for anyone visiting Rawtenstall. This recently renovated period property makes for a stunning museum, gallery and café. With their constantly changing displays and collections and their tasty café you can spend the day here and take a walk round Whitaker Park, with its picturesque gardens and the Incredible Edible allotments.
Ski Rossendale is perhaps what put Rawtenstall on the map, a must go for budding skiers and snowboarders to release their inner winter Olympian and hit the slopes. This famous dry ski slope is fun for families and a must for adrenaline junkies.
Fitzpatrick’s is just one the many unique independent shops Bank Street, they have been making cordials and drink since 1899. Bank Street is a fantastic shopping experience for those of you keen to celebrate local, independent businesses.
Lamberts Mill Shop in Rawtenstall is a must see, with the Footwear Museum, 23 local producers, Annie Peach’s Tea Room and bespoke niche handmade upholstery, you are sure to find that special unique gift.
Rawtenstall boasts a successful and thriving market, being situated not far from Bury it’s the perfect place to continue your market experience with the abundance of fresh food, homemade craft and local trades.
Golf Rossendale Driving Range and Academy offers the perfect venue to practice your swing whilst taking in all the beautiful scenic views of Rawtenstall.
For a bird’s eye view of the whole area, head up to Top o’ Slate and admire the spectacular scenery. While you’re up there, don’t miss the Halo Panopticon, a fabulous contemporary sculpture which resembles a UFO hovering off the ground from a distance. It’s especially dramatic at night lit from beneath by a series of blue LED lights.
The East Lancashire Railway also stop in Rawtenstall, steam power yourself into this lovely village town full of local, traditional shops and quaint café’s and pubs, as you can see, there’s plenty to keep you occupied until your train back home.