Tourist guide to Foulridge

SIGHTS: The canal at Foulridge

SIGHTS: The canal at Foulridge

First published in What's On Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by

Tourists will find the Pendle village of Foulridge irresistible.

From the 17th century Foulridge was famous for its hat making industry and then a century later textiles became important.

All this came before the coming of the Leeds to Liverpool canal.

Look for the village green which is surrounded by old weavers' cottages especially around Town Gate.

Close to Town Gate is the canal wharf and the famous tunnel.

This was completed in 1796 following a five-year construction period and is 1,650 yards (1,500 metres) long.

By 1815 stables for the horses, warehouses and a wharf master’s house were in operation.

Here is the base for a pleasure barge operation.

The Hole-in-the-Wall pub also provides good food and there is a photograph on the wall of a cow called Bluebell.

This beast fell into the canal, swam through the tunnel and was revived by a good stiff tot of brandy.

Two weeks after her ordeal Bluebell gave birth to a healthy calf.

Canals need water and as Foulridge is close to the highest point of the cut reservoirs were constructed to provide this water, Lake Burwains now has a circular walk around it.

This is a perfect example of what has become a multipurpose lake.

Apart from its obvious appeal to strollers and naturalists there are plenty of opportunities for anglers and boaters.

It is overlooked by the impressive Langroyd Hall which dates to the 17th century and which has become popular in recent years because of its carvery.


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