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The local area guide to living in Barnoldswick

The market town of Barnoldswick is situated just outside the Yorkshire Dales National Parkland and set in stunning scenery. It’s not far from the major cities of Leeds, Manchester, and Preston – and while it may not have as much in terms of amenities, it boasts the best in views and natural beauty. The beautiful countryside surroundings are a huge perk of living here, with views of the rolling heather moorland of Weets Hill. However, the history here is equally important too, with the town’s ancient heritage dating back to pre-Roman times.

People living in Barnoldswick benefit from excellent amenities, including the inland urban beach, great music venues and pubs, and fantastic sports clubs - which attract adults and kids alike. Other amenities include eateries, cafes, banks, a doctor’s surgery and Barnoldswick’s Sports Centre, which boasts a gym, outdoor tennis courts and a swimming pool.

Information about the local residents

A population of 10,752 was recorded in the 2011 census, with a relatively even split between young and old. Just under a 20% of the population were aged under 16 and a similar percentage aged 65 and over. The median age here at the time of the census was 39, a little lower than some of the surrounding towns and villages.

The 2011 census also captured employment data. At this time, approximately two thirds of the population were in employment – manufacturing being the biggest industry here. Of course, this isn't a surprise considering the region’s prominence in the Industrial Revolution. Companies like Rolls Royce, Silentnight and Hope Technology are still located in Barnoldswick, and are big employers here. Albert Hartley Textiles is another big employer in the local area and the last remaining textiles mill in the town. Other major areas of employment in Barnoldswick include Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motor Cycles, and Human Health and Social Work Activities.

Nearby schools

There are a variety of educational establishments in Barnoldswick – and the market town is home to primary schools and a secondary school. The four primary schools in the region include Gisburn Road, Church School, Coates Lane, and St. Joseph's – with the latter catering to the town's Catholic population.

Secondary age students typically attend West Craven High School, a technology specialist school situated in the market town. There are also a number of secondary schools located just outside Barnoldswick including Fisher More Catholic Humanities College and Colne Park High School. Nearby Skipton, a 20 minute drive away, is home to two good grammar schools too – for those parents looking for a more academically-oriented secondary school.

Getting around

Barnoldswick is well connected to the major cities up north with easy access to the M65, A65, and A59. It’s approximately 30 miles from Leeds and Manchester and close to popular Yorkshire towns, Skipton, Clitheroe, and Burnley. While plenty live and work in Barnoldswick, the close proximity to other major towns and cities makes it an ideal residence for commuters too.

The local buses serve residents here and offer public transportation in and around the region. Barnoldswick sits on the bus routes between Skipton and Burnley, and Skipton and Preston, and on Sundays there is a service from Burnley to Grassington that passes through Barnoldswick. For travel further afield, there are two major airports located nearby. Manchester Airport can be reached in approximately 75 minutes by car and Leeds Bradford Aiport in an hour. Public transportation also serves both these airports.

Local shops

If you’re looking for a thriving area full of fantastic independent shops, you’ll love Barnoldswick’s offerings. It was recently crowned one of the leading high streets in the country, thanks to its range of unique family-run stores. You’ll find baked artisan goods, local butchers, pet boutiques and shops just for kids. There’s also a popular vintage furniture store on the high street, boasting two floors of industrial and shabby chic furniture.

For your day-to-day groceries, head to the Co-operative Food, located in the heart of the busy market town. Larger supermarkets, like Asda and Tesco, can also be found nearby in one of the neighbouring towns. While the independent shops of Barnoldswick have a lot to offer, you won’t find all your usual favourites here. To shop the high street, you’ll have to head to Skipton, Burnley and Colne, all situated within a 20 minute drive from the market town. There’s even a designer outlet in Colne, Boundary Mill Outlet, which draws many to the region.

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