Welcome to Barnoldswick
Set in stunning scenery, the friendly market town of Barnoldswick - known affectionately to locals as Barlick - lies at the very heart of England. The town is quaint, quirky, colourful; above all Barnoldswick is friendly, warm and welcoming, full of character - and characters!
Nestling in the Pennine hills between Leeds and Manchester on the Lancashire / Yorkshire border, Barnoldswick is one hour's travel from either city. Barnoldswick is where Bronte Country meets the Yorkshire Dales, Pendle Hill and the Forest of Bowland.
Pennine cycle and bridleway routes pass through Barnoldswick and the superb summit stretch of the Leeds & Liverpool canal meanders through the town. Barnoldswick has wonderful walking countryside. The rolling heather moorland of Weets Hill boasts Britain's best view and becks dance down dales to lowland limestone landscapes.
Barnoldswick is steeped in living history. Its ancient heritage dates back to pre-Roman times. Nowadays, stone built streets surround a traditional town centre with a restful square at the heart of the community. The town even has a unique time of its own, with a clock based on the 12 different letters in Barnoldswick!
The town is well known for its industrial heritage. Aside from having the highest point of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Barnoldswick is famous for being the place where Rolls-Royce developed the jet engine in the second World War. There's also the town's most iconic landmark - Bancroft Mill with its working steam engine. There's not much better than the sight of the golden sun shining on the Bancroft Mill chimney.
Distinctly different to 'clone town' Britain, Barnoldswick is bursting with bustling shops which provide an individual service for discerning visitors. With scores of locally owned and family run shops, Barnoldswick has the highest proportion of independent traders in the country. People are often surprised at the quality and choice available in Barnoldswick shops.
Barnoldswick is bucking the trend with more shops now than five or ten years ago! Barnoldswick baked artisan loaves grace bakers windows; locally reared meat is prepared on butchers blocks; hand crafted wares share shelves with contemporary cutting edge creations; the town is a honey pot for quality house ware and boutique fashion; and Barnoldswick offers great value too.
With Britain's best inland urban beach, Barnoldswick is famed for its free family friendly activities. From April's celebrations of St George's Day, May's three day Bands on the Square music event, to November's spectacular Switch On parade, thousands of visitors enjoy Barnoldswick's energetic and eventful calendar. Full of friendly folk, Barnoldswick is perfect for a restful or eventful visit the choice is yours.
Watch the video below and you'll get a flavour of our town and see and hear why we're all so proud and passionate about Barnoldswick. Check out the Things to Do section - then come and visit and try Barlick for real!