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The Rossendale Valley is an outstanding and distinctive part of beautiful East Lancashire. Set in the South Pennine hills, it is the perfect retreat from the pressures of daily life.
Experience the beauty of its landscape and the warm welcome you will receive from the community, renowned for its humour and hospitality.
Rossendale has the distinction of not being a place but a collection of towns and villages (Haslingden, Rawtenstall, Bacup, Whitworth, Waterfoot, Edenfield and Crawshawbooth to name but a few) all with their own individual character, and together make up what is known locally as The Valley.
History and Heritage is abundant in the valley’s buildings and in the traditions still practiced throughout the Valley. Its many museums exhibit the Valley’s industrial and cultural heritage in contemporary surroundings, offering excellent activities and facilities not normally associated with museums. Some of the established traditional events include the World Black Pudding Throwing and Gravy Wrestling Championships.
The towns and villages of The Valley are in close proximity to each other providing easy access to great facilities and the many local shops selling exclusive and hand-made products. All the Valley’s towns provide a unique experience of independent traders and celebration in local skills and professions.
Walk, cycle or ride the many miles of trails that the Valley is famed for, and if adrenaline is your escape, the Valley has world-class facilities that cater for skiing, mountain biking, watersports, motor sports and many more.
The excellent award winning accommodation that is available in the Valley offers high quality, yet traditional and friendly service, The Rossendale Valley’s diversity offers a haven for photography, with beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna and its tradition and industrial heritage providing challenging opportunities for even the most demanding of photographers
Visit Rossendale today, there’s a wealth of exciting experiences waiting for you.
The Valley of Distinction
The Rossendale Valley’s diversity offers a haven for photography, with beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna and its tradition and industrial heritage providing challenging opportunities for even the most demanding of photographers.
Picture perfect spots
East Lancashire Railway -
Transport yourself back to the romantic age of steam, take a trip along the photogenic 12 mile line and experience the thrill of capturing the perfect shot. There are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of some of the fantastic and unique photo opportunities that the East Lancashire Railway provides.
Pick up some tips and book a photography course with North West Photography.
Healey Dell Nature Reserve -
Healey Dell is a beauty spot and wildlife sanctuary, rich in industrial archaeology. The River Spodden has carved its way through the woodlands through thousands of years, creating delightful scenery and spectacular waterfalls which once powered ancient corn, wool and cotton mills. A disused 1800s railway line is now a nature trail with magnificent views from a 100ft high viaduct.
Find out more by reading 48 Hours in the Valley.
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