Discover Littleborough and the Pennine Villages

Discover Littleborough and the Pennine Villages

An area nestled in the Pennines, situated just outside Rochdale. Known for its picturesque scenery and rich history, Littleborough and the Pennine Villages is a popular destination for those looking to explore the great outdoors.

A Brief History

The area has a rich history dating back to the Roman period, with evidence of Roman activity found throughout the region. During the Industrial Revolution, the area saw a boom in textile production, with mills being built throughout the valley.

The Villages

The area is composed of several villages, each with its own unique charm and character. These include:

Littleborough

Littleborough is the largest village in the area, and is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafés. The village also boasts a number of historic buildings, including Littleborough Coach House and the Shore Hall.

Walsden

Walsden is a small village situated in a picturesque valley. The village is home to a number of historic buildings, including St. Peter’s Church and the Hollins Mill.

Smithy Bridge

Smithy Bridge is a small village situated on the Rochdale Canal. The village is home to historic Clegg Hall and the popular tourist attraction of Hollingworth Lake.

Summit

Summit is a small village situated on the outskirts of Littleborough. The village is home to a number of shops and restaurants, as well as a historic church.

Wardle

Historically a part of Lancashire, Wardle and its surroundings have provided archaeological evidence of Mesolithic activity in the area. The name Wardle is said to be derived from “Ward Hill”, implying “fortified place”. Places to visit include Wardle Village Church and Watergrove Reservoir, with its drowned village! There is a free car park at the reservoir, though the approach road is very uneven, being an old cobbled road, so be sure to drive very slowly up to the car park. It is definitely worth it though as there are pleasant walks around the reservoir and the surrounding hills.

Things to See and Do

Littleborough and the Pennine Villages offer a wealth of activities for visitors to enjoy. Here are just a few things to see and do:

Hiking and Walking

The area is a hiker’s paradise, with a variety of trails and paths to explore. From the Rochdale Canal towpath to the Pennine Way, there is something for hikers of all abilities. There is the Pennine Way and Blackstone Edge. Furthermore, you have plenty of walks around local reservoirs, often with spectacular views over the surrounding hills and valleys.

Cultural Attractions

The area is home to a number of cultural attractions, including the Littleborough Coach House and the Littleborough Arts Festival. Visitors can also explore the area’s rich history at the Littleborough Heritage Centre.

Food and Drink

Littleborough and the Pennine Villages is home to a variety of restaurants, cafés, and pubs. Visitors can sample local delicacies such as Lancashire Hotpot and black pudding, and enjoy a pint of real ale at one of the many pubs in the area.

Getting Here

Littleborough and the Pennine Villages are easily accessible by car or public transport. The area is situated just off the M62, and is well-connected by rail and bus services.

In Conclusion

The area is part of the South Pennines, with plenty of places just waiting to be discovered. Whether your interest is in history, wildlife, or you simply wish to explore nature, there is something for all ages and abilities in this beautiful area. 

Be sure to check out some of our other posts, such as the one on Hare Hill House in Littleborough or the one about Edwin Waugh, a Lancashire Dialect Poet.

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