Hidden jewel of a beauty spot

ONE of the best-kept secrets in the Burnley area is its countryside. People with little knowledge of north-east Lancashire think of the whole district as containing little more than mill towns and pit villages.

Those of us who live here know better and, this week, we visit a tiny community which is very close to Burnley, but a million miles away from the caricature imposed upon us by outsiders, many of whom should look to the shortcomings of their own districts.

The card tells us that we are at "Pendle Bottoms, Burnley" but, in actual fact, the area depicted has never been in Burnley. We are in fact at Holme End in Reedley Hallows, a little cluster of buildings which are usually missed by the driver on his way from Barden to Fence.


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