Whitworth - Rossendale Valley
Healey Dell, Brown Wardle & Cowm Reservoir
A bird's eye view of Whitworth, a former Lancashire
cotton mill town,
Picture 1 above is available as a 1024x768 wallpaper
More (down to earth) pictures of Whitworth - at Healey Dell Nature Reserve
(Click any of the pictures on this page for an enlarged view)
Healey Dell Nature Reserve is the 'Jewel in the Crown'. It's located at the southern end of Whitworth, on the Whitworth - Rochdale border. Healey Dell is worthy of a visit at any time of the year. It has a wide range of flora and fauna, its own Fairy Chapel (row 1, picture 4) and a rich industrial past. The River Spodden flows through the Dell that was once home to cotton mills, woollen mills and even a corn mill. The Healey Dell Visitors' Centre houses exhibitions and organizes walks. The disused railway line and spectacular 100 foot high viaduct (row 1, picture 3) afford good views of the Dell and have a level surface for the less agile, with some access for wheelchair users.
Brown Wardle Hill
Rossendale has more public footpaths within its boundary than any other borough in the country. The 47 mile long Rossendale Way crosses over the summit of Brown Wardle Hill. Whitworth is in the South Pennines. Mountain bike magazines class the South Pennines as having some of the best riding in the country. Much of its moorland is wild and extensive. Brown Wardle is also popular with hang gliders and paragliders and the Pennine Bridleway (including the 42 mile long Mary Towneley Loop) attracts many horse riders.
Whitworth Square and St. Bartholomew's Church
Whitworth Square is a designated conservation area. 200 years ago the pioneering Whitworth Taylor Doctors had their practice here. John Taylor was formerly a blacksmith and horse doctor. He lived at Whitworth House, just below the Red Lion public house. The Whitworth Doctors were local bone setters but also treated patients from London and overseas, including the then Archbishop of Canterbury. St. Bartholomew's Church is a grade 2 listed building. The building features many gargoyles - picture 3 above.
Whitworth's water supply originally came from Cowm Reservoir until it became polluted in the 1970s. The former reservoir now provides water ski facilities for the able bodied and also for the BDWSA - British Disabled Water Skiers Association. It's a popular walk for local people along the levelled footpath that now encompasses the reservoir. Nearby stone quarries are still in use and provided the stone for London's Trafalgar Square. Tree planting schemes, (including a Life for a Life Memorial Forest at Cowm Reservoir) are encouraging birds and wildlife to return to the area, and hiding the landscape scars caused by excessive stone quarrying.
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Brown Wardle and Cowm Reservoir in winter | | Whitworth