The Town of Bacup has a population of approximately 15,000 and is situated to the east of the Borough of Rossendale. The town centre is 835 feet above sea level. The eastern boundary of Bacup is not only the Rossendale boundary but also the Lancashire/Yorkshire boundary.
Bacup has been described as a remarkable survivor given that it remains much as it was at the turn of the 20th century and it is regarded as one of the best preserved mill towns in the country. Many historical buildings in the town centre are currently being refurbished through the £2m Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative www.bacupthi.org.uk
Bacup is packed full of heritage features, harking back to its industrial past. In the quaint streets there are great local shops and a traditional market open on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Bacup is home to Bacup Natural History Museum www.bacupnaturalhistorysociety.co.uk , Bacup Royal Court Theatre www.bacuproyalcourttheatre.com and the famous Britannia Coconutters www.coconutters.co.uk
Stubbylee Park, just outside the town centre, is a large park combining many historical features with modern facilities including a play area, outdoor gym, bowling greens, tennis courts and a newly opened off road cycling ‘pump track’.
Lee and Cragg Quarry mountain bike trails are located just outside Bacup. Visit Pennine Mountain Bile Association for more details.
Bacup is also featured here on the Visit Lancashire site http://www.visitlancashire.com/explore/bacup-p96320
Map of Bacup showing car parks