The Rookery
Local Area
Out & About.

150 years ago Lancashire was at the heart of the industrial revolution though our coal mining and textiles, today the industrial revolution is still visible through our towering mills and numerous canals. Leeds and Liverpool being the most popular for walkers and cyclists.

Alternatively, why not try out some of the wonderful cycle routes in the area. There are several good pubs serving food within a few miles of the property, many of which welcome dogs. Barrowford, 2 miles, has a good variety of shops and eateries as well as a wine bar, restaurant and small supermarket.

Apart from great walking and beautiful scenery, there are plenty of wonderful places to visit within easy driving distance. Haworth and Brontë Country are just 15 miles away, and the market town of Skipton with its medieval castle is 18 miles.

Some of the best scenery in the UK. The mighty Pendle Hill dominates the landscape...

Lancashire’s Ribble Valley, with its picturesque villages and welcoming country inns, is within a 30-minute drive, the Yorkshire Dales can be reached in 40 minutes, and even the Lake District can be reached in just over an hour. There are several castles and houses worth visiting, including Gawthorpe Hall, 7 miles, Towneley Hall, 9 miles, and Bolton Abbey, 25 miles. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub ½ mile.

Pendle has some of the best scenery in the UK. The mighty Pendle Hill dominates the landscape. If you like your walking with a historical interest Pendle fits the bill. There’s our Walking with Witches Trail, The Tackler’s Trails and the UK’s newest long distance route, the Lancashire Witches Way.

For literary enthusiast’s trails around Wycoller Country Park has some interesting links to Bronte’s Jane Eyre whilst the inspiration for Wuthering Heights is only a 30 min drive away.

Pendle is one of the best places to cycle in the country. We have a number of great routes for any ability. The Grand Tour of Pendle, takes you around the district and is full of interesting sights and breath-taking views. Gisburn forest is great to explore if you are after some serious off roading. Discover the beautiful Lancashire countryside of the Ribble Valley and Pendle Hill. To learn more visit and


Bars & Restaurants

The Forest

Cuckstool Lane, Fence, Burnley, Lancashire.
Tel. 01282 692 228

The modern brasserie and bar is a fantastic place for diners and drinkers to enjoy a Mediterranean inspired menu, in a relaxed and contemporary setting, with a large south facing garden for al fresco dining. With its bleached oaks, natural materials and muted tones, the conveniently located brasserie is popular with families and business travellers.

The Pendle Inn

Barley Lane, Barley, BB12 9JX
Tel. 01282 614808

The Pendle Inn is a well-established country watering hole for many walkers, cyclists, groups and families who enjoy the local area and all it has to offer. Food is served from 12pm daily with meals to suit every appetite, from homemade pies to hand-cut steaks from the local farm.

The Bay Horse Inn

Blacko Bar Rd, Nelson, BB9 6NP
Tel. 01282 699 023

The Bay Horse Inn is community owned pub and hosts a weekly Quiz, including General Knowledge & Music rounds in a popular format.

The Barley Mow

Barley Lane, Barley, BB12 9JX
Tel. 01282 690868

This pub has the wow factor with a hunt lodge style interior and a stunning covered outdoor area. The menu focuses on on-trend dishes, from sandwiches, burgers and salads to curries, tacos and stews. There is also a wide range of cask ales, world beers and award winning wines.

The Assheton Arms

Top Row, Downham, Clitheroe, BB7 4BJ
Tel. 01200 441227

Winner of a number of awards, including Lancashire Life Dining Pub of the Year, this historic Grade II listed village pub is in the untouched conservation village of Downham. Boasting stunning views of Pendle this traditional country pub sources the best british produce to ensure high quality dining.


The Fountains, Gisburn Rd, Barrowford, Nelson, BB9 6DX
Tel. 01282 693804

Will's Wine & Pizza Bar offers a large selection of wines as well as a small selection of craft beers, lagers, ales and spirits. While also serving pizzas, sharing plates and other food too.


Castles & Houses

Gawthorpe Hall

Burnley Road, Padiham, Burnley, BB12 8UA

An Elizabethan gem in the heart of industrial Lancashire, built between 1600 and 1605 Gawthorpe Hall was the family seat of the Shuttleworth family for over 300 years. Inside the house you will find period rooms on display from the 1850 remodelling by renowned architect Sir Charles Barry and Pugin as well as original plasterwork ceilings, panelling and the impressive Long Gallery.

Skipton Castle

The Bailey, Skipton, BD23 1AW

Over 900 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England and is well worth a visit at any season of the year. Visitors can explore every corner of this impressive history-rich castle, which withstood a three-year siege during the Civil War. View the Banqueting Hall, the Kitchen, the Bedchamber and Privy. Climb from the depths of the Dungeon to the top storey of the Watch Tower.

Townley Hall

Towneley Towneley Park, Holmes St, Burnley, BB11 3RQ

From the Priest’s Hole to the attic Towneley Hall is fascinating with period rooms covering several centuries of life at the hall. See the cat fast asleep by the range in the Victorian kitchen, stroll along the long gallery past bedrooms dating back to the 16th century, imagine the glamorous parties held in the Regency Rooms or have a quiet moment in the Towneley Chapel.

Clitheroe Castle

Clitheroe, BB7 1BA

Roaming Roosters boasts The Olde Spot Bistro, serving breakfasts and hearty lunches, adjacent farm shop offering home grown and locally sourced meats and produce and the relaxing Hayloft Coffee Room.


Towns & Villages


Roughlee is famous because of its location near to Pendle Hill, its white railings and of course, its links with the Pendle Witches – one of whom, Alice Nutter – has been immortalised as a statue in the village.

Roughlee is situated in the Forest of Pendle, an outlier of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Barley is a small farming settlement at the foot of Pendle Hill. It’s the usual gathering place of people setting off to climb the hill. Its history can be traced back to 1324 when it was known as Barleegh.

There are two pubs, a picnic area and children’s play area which makes it popular to family.


Downham has long had a reputation as an attractive village, often quoted as the most beautiful village in Lancashire. It may have rivals but it certainly is largely unspoilt – no television aerials or obtrusive satellite dishes, no overhead wires or roadside yellow lines, and minimal signing in the village.

As well as a constant flow of tourists and walkers the village is attractive to film makers because of the lack of apparent modernity. The absence of aerials makes it ideal for historical drama and many films have been shot in the village and its surroundings. Most recently the 1950s production ‘Born and Bred’ was filmed in Downham [2001-3]. At an earlier date a shot from ‘Wuthering Heights’ was taken on church brow and other films have been made here.