A touch smaller than nearby Skipton, Barnoldswick is a hidden gem. Simpson Homes are proud to be building quality new homes that add to this delightful town and its strong community.
Looking out over a panorama that stretches across Craven and the Yorkshire Dales, Barnoldswick boasts some of the best long-distance views in the area. From most streets in the town you can see Ingleborough, Malham Cove and the fells of upper Wharfedale, Ribblesdale and Airedale. Water splashes off the hills and runs through this historic mill town, passing farmhouses, weavers' cottages and small cobbled Victorian streets on its way down into Ribblesdale.
The name Barnoldswick comes from its origins as a small Anglo Saxon farmstead - it was listed in the Domesday Book as Bernulfesuuic, meaning "Bernulf's Town". It grew into a thriving small town in Victorian times - by the 1920s boasting over a dozen weaving sheds - and the name had evolved and 'Barnoldswick' stuck. Locals often give it the shorter name 'Barlick' and are known as Barlickers.
Often described as a “family town”, Barnoldswick is a true community place. Quiet - no-one passes through on their way elsewhere - but bustling in a healthy way, the town is a place of strong roots and bonds forged between friends, family and neighbours.
Local clubs, schools and the town council organise a year-round calendar of local events - including street fairs, live music, dancing, annual fireworks and a Christmas lights switch on - many of which take place in Barnoldswick's delightful Town Square.
This is a town of greeting people in the street, helping each other and being proud of where you live.
There are several nurseries, a preschool and four primary schools in Barnoldswick - all rated ‘good’ by Ofsted. Older children have the choice of West Craven High School or the grammar schools, academies and colleges in neighbouring towns like Skipton, Clitheroe and Colne.
The school bus taking children to Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton Girls’ High School, Skipton Academy and Craven College passes Loughber Croft, with the bus stop just a few metres away on Skipton Road.
A walk up Weets Hill - on whose lower slopes the town is built - rewards you with stunning far-reaching views across this part of the Pennines. For gentler strolls, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal winds through the town and offers towpath walks out to Salterforth and Foulridge in one direction and East Marton and Gargrave in the other.
There’s regularly live music at Rolls-Royce Social Club, the Rainhall Centre, small town centre bars and the Barnoldswick Music and Arts Centre. Further afield, within a dozen miles of Barnoldswick are four thriving theatres and four cinemas.
Barnoldswick boasts a library, medical centre, pharmacies, sports centre and swimming pool, plus several gyms, community centres, parks and supermarkets in town. A wealth of independent shops, cafes and bars brim with friendly faces around the Town Square and its surrounding historic streets. This is a place that still boasts friendly butchers, greengrocers and bakers - plus a visiting fishmonger - amongst the parades of small shops and its town centre square.
Unlike busier places, traffic flows freely into, out of and around Barnoldswick. All parking is free, with several car parks in the town centre. There’s also a little bus service that loops around town throughout the day. It only takes a few minutes to walk into town, to the canal and its locks or to the various country lanes around Barnoldswick.
Barnoldswick may be off the beaten track - a fact that helps to keep its quiet charm a secret - but it’s easy to head either direction into Lancashire or Yorkshire. For a taste of the city, both Leeds and Manchester can be reached in just under an hour, as can Preston and Harrogate. In Barnoldswick you are on the doorstep of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Bronte Country and the Forest of Bowland, with the Lake District, Morecambe Bay and the Fylde Coast all just an hour away.
More information including events, photos, lists of local Barlick businesses, shops, history and things to do in Barnoldswick:
from Loughber Croft, Barnoldswick
Skipton 7 miles
Settle 11 miles
Ilkley 14 miles
Harrogate 26 miles
Leeds 26 miles
Colne 5 miles
Clitheroe 9 miles
Burnley 9 miles
Preston 24 miles
Manchester 30 miles