Rossendale is situated in Lancashire, approximately 25 miles north of Manchester. The Borough covers 53 square miles and has a population of around 70,000 people. The Borough is made up of several small towns, the main ones being Bacup, Haslingden, Rawtenstall and Whitworth. The area has been called Rossendale for over 1000 years, however the Borough has only existed since 1974
The Rossendale Valley is an outstanding and distinctive part of beautiful East Lancashire. The Valley is renowned for its beautiful, undulating landscape, and is rich in outdoor activities like walking, cycling and horse riding. History and Heritage is abundant in the valley’s buildings and in the traditions still practiced throughout the area.
Rossendale has the distinction of not being a place but a collection of towns and villages all with their own individual character, and together make up what is known locally as The Valley.