Why Pennine Lancashire?
One of our local towns Clitheroe, as well as neighbouring Ramsbottom, has recently appeared in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live Top 10, which takes into account transport links, quality of schools and natural beauty. The towns were also graded on their low crime rates, property prices, cultural life and unemployment figures.
And Blackburn was recently revealed as the best place in the UK to make a living. Taking into account the cost of living and health of the area’s job market, analysis by credit comparison website TotallyMoney.com found that cash goes further in Blackburn than anywhere else. In the survey, Blackburn topped towns such as Cambridge and Milton Keynes!
We are very lucky in Pennine Lancashire as we have an abundance of towns and districts, each with their own distinctive character and charm. Some are centred on towns, others embrace rivers, valleys and rural villages. Some are steeped in the heritage of the Industrial Revolution, whilst others lie in the rugged hills of East Lancashire. Each one is worth getting to know individually.
As part of the West Pennine Moors, we have a wealth of wild, unspoilt countryside. You’ll find this is a rural haven and a perfect contrast to the nearby towns. The magnificent Pendle Hill, famous for its witch trials in 1612, is a truly bewitching part of Lancashire.
Pennine Lancashire is easily reached from all over the UK and is well served by well-connected motorway links and a main line rail. The M65 motorway linking with the M6, M66, M55, M61 and M58 enables quick and convenient car travel to all corners of the county. Local public transport is operated by a range of bus and train providers.
Destinations such as Manchester city centre, Leeds, Liverpool, Blackpool, the coast, and the Lake District are all within easy reach and within an hour you could be shopping in Harvey Nichols or cruising on Lake Windermere.
The majority of our schools are either good or excellent and we also have two University campuses in Burnley and Blackburn.
We are served by one hospital trust, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, which has two major sites: Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and Burnley General Teaching Hospital, each with their own specialities. The benefit of this is we are able to offer a variety of training opportunities across a multitude of specialities. For example, Burnley has a new £32 million state-of-the-art Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre whilst Royal Blackburn Hospital has been designated a vascular Centre of Excellence.
Blackburn and Darwen have industry, inventiveness, skill and hard work as part of their DNA. This is a place with globally respected businesses and brands. Blackburn was one of the first industrialised towns in the world and with its innovation, creativity and manufacturing roots forging the industrial revolution it was the original Northern Powerhouse. Now it is galvanising one of the youngest populations in Europe and 15,000 students in one of England’s most successful colleges to play a leading part in driving its future in the knowledge economy.
For information about Blackburn with Darwen, check the new Place portal www.blackburn-darwen.org.uk
Or go to http://www.visitblackburn.co.uk/