Irwell vale horse and pony meet

Lancashire and Yorkshire: Moors, mills and the march of Methodism - Telegraph

Nestled on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Irwell valley, Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary a peaceful haven for over 70 rescued donkeys, mules, ponies and horses. As well as meeting 50 rescued donkeys at the idyllic visitor centre in north. Just along the Irwell Valley from Rawtenstall, at Helmshore in Haslingden, route in the valley, the Society of Friends or Quakers built a meeting house in which the packhorse leaders would bring strings of hardy Galloway ponies wooden roller coaster and fairground horse carousel dating from. Show Dates. Sunday 22nd April - Charity show. proceeds to Cancer Research, schedules in news page. Sunday 23rd Sept - Charity.

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Recline in the old wicker armchair and enjoy the peace of the surrounding woodland. Please note the price is per person per night.

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This is to keep the price down for solo travelers. A comfortable full size double bed will be made up for you on arrival with sheets and blankets. The bed faces the glass fronted wood burner so you can watch the flames dance as you drift off to sleep.

The wood burner is one of the newest designs available from 'Esse cookers and stoves' and heats up the yurt to toasty temperatures. We've had guests say they had to open the doors when it was -8c outside and snowing because they were too hot inside! If you are coming during a cold period please make sure you are a confident fire lighter - the stove takes a while to get going and you will get chilly if you can't light it. Bring a girl scout or read a Ray Mears book to make sure you're confident on getting the fire going and keeping it going through the night: We provide wood for one night per stay.

You can buy more from the farm or local shop, Nearys, in Helmshore. We also provide spring water, there's an urn in the yurt and more on tap in the kitchenette. Please do not use our blankets for dogs or allow your dog to get on any of our bedding. We really super appreciate this: Next to the kitchenette is a toilet and wash basins.

These facilities are shared with our farm staff for brewing up and lunch brakes - this is a working farm so we can't promise they will be super tidy or mud free, though we do try to keep the farm chaos out of these areas! We're happy to talk farmy things with you should we bump into you when brewing up. We also have silent battery powered dehumidifiers in the yurt to ensure their is no dampness in the air - the yurt might be made from canvas, but there is nothing damp or tent-like about staying in this little cosy home from home.

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I stood by the old timber-framed loom and peered through the long row of stone-mullioned windows at the yellow stonework of nearby buildings. I could hear finches singing in the hillside sycamores. It was difficult to imagine the Rossendale of Victorian times, when the valley-floor mills of east Lancashire roared day and night, and the trees and buildings blackened under a thick pall of soot.

Such scenes reinforced outsiders' notions of the industrial north: The wool weavers and spinners back then would have been glad to put their own children to work.

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It is nearly 40 years since the great slump in wool and cotton textile manufacturing brought silence and clean air to Rossendale and Calderdale, neighbouring valleys that join together where Lancashire meets Yorkshire. These days, pride in that industrial heritage is stirring. Just along the Irwell Valley from Rawtenstall, at Helmshore in Haslingden, you can see and hear the old machines in action at the textile museums in Higher Mill and Whittaker's Mill - dobby lags, mules, bobbins and bat pegs, flying shuttles, knitted healds and all.

Among the west-east string of towns - Rawtenstall, Bacup, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge - such mill buildings, tall chimneys and stepped ranks of terrace housing as survived the wholesale demolitions of the s are now preserved as precious and irreplaceable pieces in the jigsaw of local life.

Lancashire and Yorkshire: Moors, mills and the march of Methodism

Attention is turning, too, to the dozens of nonconformist chapels in and around the mill towns. Ancient packhorse routes from north to south descended from the hills here to cross others going east and west. News, views and ideas came in from far afield. These crossroads valleys became cradles of independent thought. For the best part of three centuries it was fervour for dissenting religions - especially the Baptists, Methodists and Quakers - that sustained the weavers, spinners and miners of Rossendale and Calderdale.

The plain stone building is crammed with venerable box pews, high-sided, fitted with little misshapen doors. They'd set out in the dark, leave their lamps at a farmhouse, stay here all day and hear maybe four sermons; then they'd collect their lamps on the way home at night.

The Dean "Layrocks" nightingales were the Goodshaw Chapel's choir and band rolled into one, making the hills ring with their hymns and tunes. Down at Crawshawbooth, by the old packhorse route in the valley, the Society of Friends or Quakers built a meeting house in For decades they had held their gatherings in each others' cottages, under threat of disruption, beatings and arrest. The small, whitewashed building stands in a walled garden full of trees and flowers.

Inside, the original Elders' stand, the table and gallery are still in frequent use at Quaker meetings.