Bacup is a small town in East Lancashire close to the border with West Yorkshire. It lies within The West Pennine Moors and is part of the Rossendale Valley.


Bacup is, along with the other towns that make up Rossendale, a textile mill-town community that developed rapidly during the Industrial Revolution. However, in the late 20th century it suffered from serious economic decline from chronic depopulation and urban decay. More recently great efforts have been made to regenerate the town, with some success. Bacup's historic character, culture and festivities have encouraged the town's development as a commuter town and English Heritage has proclaimed Bacup as the best preserved cotton town in England, and its town centre is designated as a conservation area for its special architectural qualities.

Bacup is the base of the Britannia Coconut Dancers, a unique folk dance group of uncertain origin, who appear on Easter Saturday to dance around the town, attracting large crowds.

Get in

By bus

The 464 bus runs regularly and frequently between Rochdale and Accrington, passing through Bacup.

Get around

Walk - it's a small place, and Lee Quarry is perfect for mountain biking.






Go next

Head east - into West Yorkshire (the next stop), with a picturesque route over the hills or 'tops' to Todmorden, and then on to characterful Hebden Bridge.

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