Other Things to do in Barrowford

There are other great places to visit

Pendle Heritage Centre sits at the heart of Barrowford on the fringes of the award-winning Barrowford Park. 

The characterful, charming village of Barrowford in Pendle, sits on the confluence of two rivers, Pendle Water and Colne Water, where trout can often be seen leaping through the clear waters.

It’s an upmarket place - full of attractive 17th and 18th-century farmhouses and pretty handloom weavers’ cottages.


Why not combine your visit to the Centre with some of these other local attractions?

Barrowford Heritage Trail

This is a lovely trail that takes you around the town of Barrowford. The route starts at the Pendle Heritage Centre, which dates back to the 17th century, and was home of the Bannister family, whose famous son was the first four-minute miler, Sir Roger Bannister. Other historic buildings on the route are The White Bear, built-in 1667, and visited by John Wesley in 1748, and Higherford Mill, now home to a number of artists. The route features a lovely parkland playground, and option to walk on the towpath of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, the longest canal in the country. 


Barrowford Park

This large park was once the farmland of Park Hill, the house which lies at the heart of the Heritage Centre.  It was given to the people of Barrowford in 1922 and offers a variety of attractions including the following:


  • Children's playgrounds – 3-5 years and 5-14 years

  • Trim track - for some gentle exercise

  • Wetland area – an interesting habitat to experience

  • Lake - with hungry ducks!

  • Ornamental flowerbeds 

  • A bowling green, football and cricket pitches

  • Stephen Burke Cycle track - a purpose-built track for all-comers

  • BMX Track – a small but challenging course for BMX riders of all ages.

Higherford Mill

Higherford Mill was built as a water-powered cotton spinning mill in 1824. In 1832, steam power was introduced to supplement the water power and the square stone chimney was erected on the hillside to the rear, with an underground flue to carry the smoke away. This is still intact.

The Mill was saved from demolition and purchased by Heritage Trust for the North West in 1999. The Trust has converted the Mill to become a focal point for the Creative Industries in East Lancashire. Thirty-six artists workshops have been constructed together with visitor facilities and an art gallery. The Mill is just five minutes' walk along the riverside from the Heritage Centre.


For more information on Higherford Mill:


Leeds and Liverpool Canal, including Barrowford Locks

Barrowford also happens to be on the Leeds to Liverpool Canal, which at 127 miles is the longest canal in Northern England. The canal has 91 locks seven of which are in Barrowford. The oldest bridge in town, the Packhorse Bridge near Higherford Mill, dates back to the end of the 16th century. The canal is just a ten-minute walk from the Heritage Centre or a two-minute drive away.

One of the most scenic parts of the Leeds and Liverpool canal is from Barrowford to Barnoldswick, and in between is a Georgian feat of engineering called “The Mile Tunnel” or “Foulridge Tunnel. Before motor power, legging through the tunnel would’ve been an exhausting job!

The Foulridge Wharf at the other end of the tunnel is the boarding point for one of the most popular trip boats on the canal, “The Marton Emperor”, run by Foulridge Canal Cruises, as well as a nationally accredited Canoe Club.

There are a number of walks along the canal or around the reservoirs close to Barrowford.  The Pennine Cycleway also runs along the towpath on this section of the canal and is great for family cycle rides in Pendle. 

Many reservoirs feed the canal, including one known as Lake Burwain, which is popular with water sports enthusiasts, and also has a walking trail around it - one of a series of four “Pendle Canal Walks” which are available to download via this short walking routes in Pendle guide.

Pendle Way

For the more intrepid walker, the 45 miles (72 km) Pendle Way footpath starts at the Centre. For the less energetic, why not wander along the first section beside the river to Water Meetings, a well known local picnic spot where children can paddle in the river. Don`t miss the four-hundred-year-old packhorse bridge in Higherford on your way to Water Meetings.


For more information on the Pendle Way:

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Local shops

If you prefer to relax with some destination shopping, then Barrowford village centre contains a wide range of shops, including quality clothes shops, a specialist vegan shop, a children`s pottery painting venue and a Booths supermarket. The independent boutiques than line the high street are jammed with smart designer fashion, attracting some of the North West’s most affluent customers, including footballers and their other halves.


Combining your visit to our Heritage Centre with any of these other local attractions will make your visit more enjoyable and rewarding.

see photo credits here:

Rebekka O'Grady photography: Kirsty Thompson