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Welcome to Rossendale

We hope you enjoy living and/or working here and invite you to take a few moments to read through the following pages. This guide has been made to help you settle into our beautiful Valley and provide you with the important information you may need – from gaining employment, to looking for housing and finding schools for your children.

We recommend you follow up the web links to get detailed information and should always take further advice based on your own situation.  If you are not sure where to turn next, try contacting Citizens Advice – Rossendale & Hyndburn on 0300 456 2552.

Many of the organisations listed these pages are included in our ‘Rossendale Community Directory’ directory.  Follow the links to find our more about these services, how you can contact them and how to get involved in their activities.

What’s on?

rossendale valley of distinction logoFor events and activities in your local area why not take a look at our calendar.

For details of things to do and see, as well as information about shopping, accommodation and where to eat, go to or go to  the Rossendale Visitor Information Stand at Rawtenstall Library.

Rossendale is alive with something for everyone from heritage attractions telling the story of the cotton mill and shoe industry to specialist shopping experiences.

Take a ride on a traditional steam train or be guided along one of the many countryside walkways. See giant sculptures or enjoy the stunning Pennine Lancashire scenery along the Rossendale Way, a 42-mile footpath around the boundary of the Borough.

Where is it?

Rossendale is one of the 14 districts which make up the County of Lancashire. It is a very special valley surrounded by the great scenery and beautiful countryside of the South and West Pennines Moors. It lies in the East of Lancashire and is made up of the towns of Rawtenstall, Bacup, Haslingden and Whitworth.

It is half-way between the towns of Bury and Burnley and from the other direction between the towns of Blackburn and Todmorden. Other nearby places are the Cities of Preston and Manchester.

Visit to find maps and lots of other useful information.

Nearby places to visit or work include Preston, Manchester and Bury. All these places are within easy reach of the Rossendale Valley.  Preston is known for its wonderful Parks and Historic Buildings. It is close to the coastal town of Blackpool which is famous for its Pleasure Beach, rides, attractions and Blackpool Tower.

Bury is known for its famous indoor and outdoor markets which offers even more shopping choices.  Manchester, home of both Manchester United & Manchester City Football Clubs, is one of the most exciting places in the United Kingdom. It has museums, galleries, theatres, clubs, shops, parks,events and entertainment all year round.  Try for lots of really useful information and downloads about the City.

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