Haslingden is a small town in Lancashire, adjacent to the village of   Acre. It is north of Rawtenstall and is part of the Rossendale Valley.


In the fourteenth century this area was a Royal Hunting Park - the original Forest of Rossendale. Parts of the park's boundary are still clearly visible around Helmshore, which lies a mile or so south and west of Haslingden itself.

Haslingden became a mill-town during the Industrial Revolution, but few signs of its textile heritage are now immediately apparent. However, on closer inspection the visitor will find a number of cotton mills remaining - mostly without their chimneys, and either derelict or taken over by other businesses. The town has a slightly neglected air, although recent improvements to Higher Deardengate where the original cobbled road setts were restored, and a replica Big Lamp erected, have smartened up parts of the town centre.

It is the birthplace of the composer Alan Rawsthorne (1905–1971).

Get in

By bus

The x40 is a frequent bus service to Manchester and Blackburn. For a timetable go to http://www.lancashirebus.co.uk/cmsUploads/route/files/tlwtt_200909.pdf The 464 is a frequent local bus running from Rochdale to Accrington, via Haslingden. http://www.rossendalebus.co.uk/uploads/TT_464.pdf

Get around

Haslingden is a small town, and easy to walk around, although there's no shortage of taxis if you need one.




Haslingden has several restaurants, and a number of take-away food outlets.

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