Our lovely village of Worsthorne is situated on the outskirts of Burnley, Lancashire. It is in the civil parish of Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood and the borough of Burnley. Nestled at the heart of the village is the green which is surrounded by the church, two pubs, village shop, chip shop, tea room and even two hairdressers. It is in the centre of the village in the Reading Rooms that our group, and many others, meet throughout the year. Worsthorne is a village that encompasses all that village life should be with a thriving community spirit. Some of Worsthornes houses and farms date back to the 16th and 17th centuries providing a rich heritage and making Worsthorne a desirable place to live. Worsthorne also has a nursery and wonderful primary school.
Picturesque Hurstwood with its dramatic landscape and Grade II listed buildings is a rural hamlet a short walk from Worsthorne village. The small settlement and surrounding moorland is a particular favourite with walkers, horse riders and cyclists. The Methodist Church offers a wide range of services to the community ranging from Baby and Todder groups to a tea room on Sundays and lots of other clubs in between. Buildings of interest here include Hurstwood Hall, the Great Barn and Spencer House which are all thought to have been built in the late 16th Century. Just out of the hamlet are Hurstwood and Cant Clough reservoirs which can be found by following Burnley Way footpath or the Mary Towneley Loop section of the Pennine Bridleway National Trail.
St John the Evangelist
St John the Evangelist’s Church is at the heart of Worsthorne village. Built in 1834-35 and designed by Lewis Vuillamy the church is now a designated Grade II listed building. The chancel was added later in 1894 by W.B Colbram.
St John’s is a very active Anglican parish church that as well as the traditional services allows the community of the village a superb base for many clubs and commities.
Village Shops and Guest House
Although the village has had as many as 18 shops over its history the community still has a thriving shop, tasty chip shop, No.11 Tea Rooms and now The Guest House, a lovely B&B perfect for a base to explore our dramatic countryside.
The Crooked Billet
The Crooked Billet, one of two pubs in the village, is a place that Worsthorne is very proud of. As well as being a real hub of the community the ‘Billet’ as it is known is also an award winning pub! Consistently awarded the Burnley area ‘Pub of the Year’ award from CAMRA for several years. As well as the excellent range of real ales customers can also enjoy ales from the local Worsthorne Brewery. Quiz nights, curry and Thai nights plus many organised events by husband and wife team Alison and Paul make The Crooked Billet a fantastic place to meet with friends or stop in for a cold drink whilst out walking in our surrounding countryside.
Nestled at the side of the River Brun, Hurstwood Church offers so much for the community starting from babies right up to our most elderly village members. They are a non-denominational Christian Church that has a wide range of exciting activities throughout the year. The Sunday Tea Rooms are well known around the area for their delicious cream tea’s and warm welcome!
Pennine Way and Mary Towneley Loop
To the east is Hurstwood reservoir, and south-east is Cant Clough reservoir, both are passed by the Mary Towneley Loop section of the Pennine Bridleway National Trail and the Burnley Way footpath. The River Brun is usually said to begin at the confluence of Hurstwood Brook and Rock Water at the edge of the hamlet.
Hurstwood Hall was built in 1579 by Barnard Towneley as his marital home. Hurstwood Hall is a breathtaking grade 2* listed building which retains many of its original features including mullions, oak beams, panelling and fireplaces. Steeped in history it now offers bespoke bed and breakfast accommodation. It is set in rural Lancashire, yet is easily accessible for the M65, Manchester, Leeds and the surrounding area and tourist attractions.