Towns & Villages
Nestling in the valleys of Pendle are several lively towns and friendly villages, so lets take a quick tour. Starting with Colne, a beautifully kept town, winner of the North West In Bloom competition. With the beautiful St Bartholomews Church at its centre, Colne is a great place for a night out with a choice of the Colne Muni, Hippodrome Theatre or the popular Colne Restaurant Quarter.
The town has a number of famous sons, including the heroic bandleader Wallace Hartley who was the famous bandmaster on the Titanic. The Centre of Colne and the beautiful surrounding villages of Trawden and Wycoller can be explored on the Brontes & Browsing Trail, on foot, bike or car.
You can also book a guided walking tour called "Colne's Heroes & Villains" or explore the town's fascinating history on the Colne Heritage Trail.
Just up the road from Colne is Nelson. Originally the town was made up of two villages called Little and Great Marsden, strangely the town took it's name from a pub!
Now it's a thriving centre with a mix of traditional buildings, shops, restaurants and the Inside Spa, as well as the new multi-use facility of the ACE Centre. Nelson's famous sons include antiques expert Eric Knowles, who was born here, as well as the "Life on Mars" actor John Simm, who was brought up here. There is an Eric Knowles Trail.
In Pendle's North East corner, In an area known as West Craven, is the bustling market-town of Barnoldswick. The town boasts a very pretty centre, a great heritage trail called the Stream and Steam Trail, and hosts a lively events programme, including a colourful Town Criers Competition, with criers from all over the country. Stunningly Beautiful, West Craven can be explored on foot on the West Craven Way, or by car or by bike on the Boats & Beams Scenic Car Trail.
Barnoldswick has two famous "daughters", Selina Cooper, a pioneer for women's rights and the right to vote, and Kathryn Bruce Glasier, who lived in nearby Earby. The latter was known as the "mother of the independent Labour Party" and lived in the house that is now Earby Youth Hostel.
Step outside the towns and you're spoilt for choice with some of the most beautiful villages in Lancashire. In the shadow of Pendle Hill lies the village of Fence, once the boundary of the Royal Forest and Roughlee, winner of the 2007 Lancashire Champion Village award. Nearby is the picturesque village of Higham, whose famous son was Sir Jonas Moore, the "inventor of time" as we know it – or more precisely Greenwich Mean Time.
Or why not pop over to Newchurch with its Witches Emporium? Then there's the delightful village of Barley, a great place to start a walk up Pendle Hill. Not forgetting the glamorous Barrowford, which takes niche and speciality shopping to another level. Add to that the pretty villages of Trawden and Wycoller and you can see that this is a fabulous area to explore.There are a number of trails available from the Discover Pendle Centre to help you explore these great Pendle towns and villages. Trawden had a famous son with a very appropriate name...Sir William Pickles Hartley - founder of the famous jam making empire.
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Pendle has beautiful towns and villages, play this video to find out more
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