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Littleborough & The Pennine Villages

Set beneath hills and wild moorland at the edge of the Pennines, the beautiful landscape of the Pennines Township of Rochdale Borough, is dissected by tranquil waterways and lakes where you can explore a world of adventure and history.

The Pennines area includes Littleborough, Milnrow & Newhey and Wardle, each retaining their distinct identities today. They all show signs of occupation by early man, followed by waves of Celtic, Roman, Saxon & Danish occupation. In 1898 a round barrow was found on Hades Hill, complete with a two tier funeral urn. A Celtic torque (a neck ornament) was found in Calderbrook (near Littleborough) in 1832, and the right hand & arm of a silver statue to Victory (Roman) was unearthed at Tunshill quarry (Milnrow) in 1793. Rising in a straight line over Blackstone Edge is a paved road believed by many people to be Roman too.

Some of the North West’s finest countryside, all sweeping hillsides and rolling hills, are right on their doorstep and the quartet of villages also offer cosy coffee shops and unique independent retailers, where visitors can pick up gifts they wouldn’t find anywhere else. Littleborough Farmers Markets and Craft Fair is held on the second Sunday of every month from 10am - 3pm on Peel Street, Littleborough.

You can experience some of England’s oldest traditions first hand in the Pennine villages, with Littleborough's rushbearing weekend drawing in the crowds every summer Hollingworth Lake was built as a feeder reservoir for the Rochdale Canal, but it soon became a favourite destination for local people in their sparse and precious leisure time. With the advent of the railway in 1844, visitors from further afield also headed for its attractions. Tearooms and public houses sprang up, to offer refreshments and boating became a favourite past time. Little wonder that Hollingworth Lake acquired the nickname of ‘th’ Weighver’s Seaport.’.

With its beautiful preserved stone buildings Littleborough and Milnrow and the enchanting villages of Pennines Rochdale are well worth a visit.