- Where to live in Lancashire…
From my experience the major issue is where are you trying to get to every day? At rush hour the roads round where I was (Whitworth) were a pain south through Rochdale crap, M66 Queue to get to the Ringroad, M65 was ok at 7am but can get bad easily, Bacup, Waterfoot, Rawtenstall was one queue morning and night.
Personally wouldn’t go back there.Posted 4 years agoabitofhelpMember
I’m from Lancaster originally, but thinking of moving to another part of Lancashire. Don’t know much about what a lot of surrounding places are like other than Preston and Blackpool (neither are my cup of tea), not heard great things in general about what Lancashire has to offer but done my research (for the record I’m giving Blackburn and Burnley a miss). Can anyone give opinions on these places – Which are decent, bad and REALLY bad as opinions on them are a bit vague?
Nelson, Bacup, Leyland, Brierfield, Colne, Chorley, Clitheroe, Clayton Le Moor, Haslingden, Great Harwood.
P.S. I’m more interested in a city/close to city town than villages.Posted 4 years agostumpyjonSubscriber
Ok Clitheroe and surrounding area is lovely, nice market town and rural, very expensive and a decent drive to go anywhere.
Rossendale, avoid the valley bottoms so not Bacup, Haslingden, Waterfoot etc. A mile or so out is usually ok, so instead of Bacup look at Weir for example. Lots of good riding locally too. 45 mins to Droylesdon in Manchester from Weir, commuting times, not great but not horrific.
Outskirts of Burnley can be really nice, again avoid the valley bottoms and the immediate M65 corridor. South East Lancs isn’t bad generally, fairly cheap and good access, it’s just very variable, you have sink estates within a mile of really good areas. Local knowledge is the key.
Schools may be your biggest consideration if you have or are going to have kids.Posted 4 years agoCloverSubscriber
Avoid Bacup twinned with Bacup…
Cliviger, Worsthorne (and similar) are suggestions for being nicer than Burnley but not far away.
We live about 15 mins from the M62 just out of Todmorden. Riding out the door, train station a couple of minutes walk away and road ok too. It is in Yorkshire though 😉Posted 4 years agoplumberMember
Long time Lancashire resident
If you can afford it then
I would say Ramsbottom for me
On no account Barnoldswick its miles away from anywhere and a shithole too
NO NO NO NO NO to Nelson, Bacup, Leyland, Brierfield, Colne, Chorley, Clayton Le Moor, Haslingden, Great Harwood.Posted 4 years agoEcky-ThumpMember
Mostly what Plum said ^^^
Grew up in Wheatley Lane and Newchurch. They’re far enough out of the whole M65 corridor to be nice places to live but they’ve got no public transport etc.
Also lived in Barnoldswick for a year or so, long time ago. It’s OK these days but not top of my list.
North/West side of Pendle is nicer IMHO. I’m in Grimsargh and would be happy enough in any of the other towns/villages around Longridge.Posted 4 years ago
Pretty good road links from around here too, which was one of the reasons we chose this area.failedengineerMember
I’m from Nelson originally, but lived in Colne and Barnoldswick subsequently (currently exiled in Cumbria). Would go back to either Colne or Barlick if I could (perhaps one of the surrounding villages though). They are not shitholes, they are honest working class towns with loads of character (and characters!)Posted 4 years ago
Moved from Yorkshire (Ilkley) to the Ribble Valley (on your list Clitheroe area) 20 years ago
agree with Stumpyjon and plumber bar Wycoller/trawden I would put Clitheroe top.
Worked in Manchester so train or drive, now wigan/leigh about 50 mins
good schools/decent town though is feeling the recession, good facilities gyms swimming pool library still.
Longridge fell and gisburn 10 miles away, good fell runnning
Villages expensive, town expensive. Some villages more friendly than others depends what you want. Longridge and grismagh nice. Once you are past Waddington though it is a trek/faff to the road network.
Clitheroe lots of new houses going up in the next few years and loss of prime farming land so will see how it alters
Close to Preston Manchester and then the trains watch rugby in edingburgh up and down in a day.
No to Nelson, Bacup, Leyland, Brierfield, Colne, Chorley,, Clayton Le Moor, Haslingden, Great Harwood.
add Accrington, padiham,
Good luckPosted 4 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
Just moved to Cliviger/Burnley from Tod.
It’s great. Friendly, clean, great riding, cheap, wonderful scenery.
Actually find Burnley a very pleasant place indeed – great for shopping, loads of gigs, good motorway access.
Rawtenstall is excellent, have been working there for a year and there are some very nice bits indeed and no grot.
I’d avoid Bacup, Accrinngton and the centre of Haslingdon.
Trawden, Wycoller, Clitheroe, Barnoldswick are all great, but from a riding perspective Cliviger and Worsthorne are hard to beat.Posted 4 years agoizakimakMember
Leyland is alright if a little uninspiring.Posted 4 years ago
We have probably the best motorway links in the county m6, m61 and m65 all meet here.
Direct train links to manchester 45min, liverpool about an hour.
Good parks for kids to run and play, good country park 2 miles out of town.
2 good bike shops in the town centre, paul hewitts and bill nicksons, ribble and merlin are 5 minutes drive away leisure lakes preston 20 min.
Low crime rate, low unemployment rate more supermarkets than you can shake a shitty stick at.
Couple of decent pubs.
Rivvy is an hour away by bike and less in a car, south lakes an hour, north wales hour and a half, peaks similar.
Good road riding from here out to southport down quiet lanes, west pennine moors and the trough also.
Theres one big housing development soon to be finished and another one just starting about 300 houses iirc.
So its not picturesque its a northern industrial town but its got everything one could need and the odd little gem in there too.ShibbolethMember
Another recommendation for Longridge area, I’ve rolled gently down the hill into Grimsargh now but still work in Longridge. As others have said, some of the finest riding around (if you like wild muddy fell rides) and the road biking is sublime – Trough of Bowland, Settle, N Yorks Moors and South Lakes all within reach on a road bike, plus the flat lands of the Fylde where I chain gang.
You say you like to be near a city? Preston is really the only thing remotely city-like in Lancs and it’s a 15 min drive. Manchester and Liverpool are 40 mins away.
It’s a smashing place to live! 😀Posted 4 years ago
I love it Rusty but then am I the kind of relatively affluent pseudo-hippy that lots of people apparently detest about the place. Saw Dreadzone at the Trades a bit ago and seeing The Orb and The Lancashire Hotpots soon.
No rainbow flag yet binners bit I did go to a party on some communal land at the end of my street where people played folk instruments around a fire, including a lyre, several lutes, mandolins, flutes, and of course bongos, as well as someone playing a saw with a bow. 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Do people read the threads* or just say where they would like to live?
P.S. I’m more interested in a city/close to city town than villages.
The vast majority of those are just the expensive to live and relatively isolated villages of Lancashire
Clitheroe , to be fair, has some aspects of the big City about it and is a proper cycling town
Longridge/Grimsargh are just in the middle of nowhere IMHO – everyone i know who moved their left – worst of both worlds – miles [ well for Lancs]from anywhere and not superbly pretty so why bother??
IIRC leyland rated highly in the best places to live due to all the amenities there and prices but as he said hard to fall in love with the place
Most of the other towns are just much of a muchness – those with limited knowledge talk them down when most areas just have their good and their bad points.
IME having worked in most few are that inspiringthat i would choose to live there and just as few are so poor I would avoid them – some areas of Burnley/Accy or Preston really.
*I imagine Lancaster is the ideal choice for you – Big city, Uni town, some aspects of culture and near countryside – see what I did there 😉Posted 4 years ago
Manchester is great if you like cities (depending on the area). Loads of interesting shops/bars/restaurants/gigs etc. Liverpool is quite nice too.
Nowhere else in Lancs is city-like (Preston is just dull and a little grim).
Technically I think Manchester is still in Lancashire btw.Posted 4 years agoShibbolethMember
Has Junkyard ever actually been to Lancashire??? Clitheroe is little more than a village… It’s lovely, and it’s home to the Ribble Valley Borough Council, but apart from that, it’s about as far removed from a “city” (in the cultural sense of the word) as you could possibly get!
And Grimsargh is basically a suburb of Preston, it’s 15 mins on a bus every 10 minutes!
🙄Posted 4 years agoCougarSubscriber
I live in Accrington. I’m looking to leave it. Used to be nice but it’s an armpit of a place these days, all urban decay and Pound Shops.
I don’t know where this “Clayton Le Moor” place is that people keep talking about, but there’s bits of Clayton-Le-Moors that are quite nice. There’s green bits next to the cut, and you’re not a million miles from an M65 junction. Technically it’s still Accy, though.
Baxenden? When I was at school, if you lived in Bash you were dead posh, like. Lots of semi-detached suburbia up there, probably bargains to be had if you can find a house that’s been decorated since 1985.Posted 4 years ago
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