Visit some of Pendle's best kept secrets and more...
Lancashire is one of the premier tourist areas of the UK. It is bound by sea to the west, the Pennine Hills to the east, the Lake District to the north and the River Mersey and towns of Liverpool and Manchester to the south. With a culture all of its own you can come and discover the beautiful Lancashire countryside of the Ribble Valley and Pendle Hill - home of the famous Pendle Witches and Europe's largest seaside resort - Blackpool - with its scaled down version of the Eiffel Tower, visible for miles around. Explore Lancashire's bustling towns and chic cities or the heritage sites of its industrial past.
Roughlee is set in the Forest of Bowland (AONB), which is a nationally protected landscape and is internationally important for its heather moorland, blanket bog and rare birds. www.forestofbowland.com
Set alongside the gentle stream of Pendle Water, Roughlee is a delightful hamlet and one of three lovely villages sitting at the foot of Pendle Hill. Pendle Hill towers 1,831ft above the region and used to be a beacon hill at the time of the Spanish Armada, and is now a magnet for walkers and cyclists. Famous for the Pendle Witches - in 1612, nine local people were hanged for witchcraft in Lancaster in front of huge crowds and since then scores of books and stories have been written about the Pendle Witches. 2012 has seen the 400-year anniversary of the Pendle Witches and a statue of Alice Nutter has been erected in the village. Roughlee Old Hall was once believed to be the home Alice Nutter and some say that she or her relatives may have lived at Dam Head Farm!
The local area is excellent for a variety of tastes and interests - historic market towns, canals, art galleries, museums and a treasure trove for shopping. Barrowford offers small shops specialising in designer shoes and clothes and there is a whole array of mill shops on the doorstep. The choice of places to eat in Pendle is enormous, from excellent traditional pubs to Michelin Star restaurants.
Things to do
Walking and Cycling
Walking and Cycling are very popular in the area – again you can get away from the busier areas and experience the peace and quiet of the landscape. The Pendle Witch walk is ever popular and for off-road cycling enthusiasts there are opportunities to explore the Gisburn Forest area and cyclists are also permitted to use bridleways. Road cycling is also an attractive pursuit, especially on the officially designated ‘Quiet Lanes’ around Slaidburn, Chipping and Downham; and on the more challenging Tour of Pendle Race. Please click on the link below for some of the best routes.