Sitting snugly in a hollow by the River Brun among woods, moorland and pasture, Hurstwood is a delightful village of great charm and character. It contains a number of very old attractive buildings, including Hurstwood Hall built by Barnard Towneley in 1579, Spenser’s cottage, reputed to have been the home from 1576 – 1579 of Edmund Spenser the Elizabethan poet; and Tattersall’s Barn, possible the oldest building in the village.
The Great Outdoors
Hurstwood is excellent for outdoor enthusiasts with several walks leading from the village up to the reservoirs and across the moors. From here walks will take you up onto Worsthorne Moor - a great spot for bird watchers - and to the limestone hushings at Shedden Clough. The hushings were once an area where limestone was extracted in the 17th and 18th centuries by using water to wash the limstone from the rocks left by the ice age, today the lunar landscape that remains is a fascinating reminder of a largely forgotten industry.
The area attracts horse riders along the Mary Towneley Loop which passes near to the village and the area around is criss-crossed by old pack horse trails where cloth was transported across the Moors between Yorkshire and Lancashire. The Mary Towneley Loop is also perfect for cyclists providing a safe yet challenging route. If you prefer a more exciting ride then the new mountain bike route through the woodland at Hurstwood provides thrill seekers with a dedicated facility in an area where they were already improvising their own routes.
If you prefer a quieter and more contemplative activity then Cant Clough Reservoir is a beautiful quiet place for a spot of fishing, the reservoir is stocked with brown trout just perfect for a tasty supper. Day permits are available, please obtain before fishing.
video by Tim Royle from Whitenosugar Productions