Roughlee

A short walk down the hill from 12 Newchurch holiday cottage along Jinny Lane takes you to Roughlee village.

On the way you’ll pass Clarion House on the left, the UK’s last remaining monument to the Clarion societies — built by the early pioneers of Socialism. This location was built in 1912, in a place of recognised natural beauty in the hope that the rest of the world would come to resemble it through physical, moral and social beauty. Clarion House is still open each Sunday, packed with ramblers and cyclists in search of refreshments and a good chat.

Clarion House, Roughlee

Clarion House, Roughlee

At the bottom of Jinny Lane you reach Happy Valley crossroads, with the historic Thorneyholme Hall on the road to Barley on the left. Continue walking across the road along Blacko Bar Road towards the centre of the village, following Pendle Water as it meanders through the village — past the scenic waterfall and waterfall cottages. In 1747, in the early days of Methodism, John Wesley preached in one of the Waterfall Cottages and again at the bridge opposite the Bay Horse Inn.

Roughlee waterfall

Roughlee waterfall

Waterfall Cottages, Roughlee

Waterfall Cottages, Roughlee

Continue along Blacko Bar Road, and you’ll find the statue of Alice Nutter, one of the accused in the infamous Pendle witch trials. She came from Roughlee and was unusual amongst the accused in that she was comparatively wealthy, the widow of a tenant yeoman farmer. She was hanged, along with nine others, at Lancaster in August 1612.

Alice Nutter statue, Roughlee

Alice Nutter statue, Roughlee

In the centre of the village drop in to the Bay Horse Inn, or head to an event hosted at Roughlee Village Centre (see the village website for what’s on).

Roughlee village

Roughlee village

Pasture Lane, Roughlee

Pasture Lane, Roughlee

Further along Blacko Bar Road, discover the historic Roughlee Old Hall, dating from the 16th century, and enjoy the river from Roughlee’s stepping stones. For a much longer walk, continue along Blacko Bar Road all the way into Blacko, or turn up Stang Top Road near the Bay Horse Inn to begin a hike over Stang Top hill.

Stepping stones, Roughlee

Stepping stones, Roughlee

www.roughlee.org.uk
www.bayhorseroughlee.co.uk
www.clarionhouse.org.uk