Bacup Area Guide

Bacup is a rural Lancashire town in the South Pennines with plenty going on in the town centre and surrounding areas. Bacup is a popular place to live with a great range of homes for sale! Here is a quick guide to everything you can see and do in OL13.


Things To Do in Bacup

Within the relatively small town of Bacup, there is a huge community feel which allows you to enjoy a range of independent stores, cafes and pubs with a real local feel.

The small town is also great for options when it comes to sport with the local Bacup Golf club found just off Maden Road, a 9-hole course situated in lovely Lancashire countryside surroundings which makes for the perfect quick round on a sunny afternoon. As well as this there is Bacup Borough Football Club on Cowtoot Lane which is home to the local semi-professional team playing in the First Division North, the perfect spot to enjoy some high-level football whilst supporting the local community!

You can also enjoy some fresh air in the lovely surrounding Lancashire countryside with plenty of great spots to explore! Stubbylee Park is a lovely local area to bring the whole family with walks, play areas, cycle paths and skateparks to explore! Other places you can enjoy some green space include Waughs Well, New Line Picnic Site, The Glen Railway Tunnels, Lee Quary Mountain Bike Trails as well as close proximity to the local moors and Pennine Way!

Things you didn't know about Bacup

Coronation Street actor Sam Ashton who plays Chesney Brown in the UK's longest-running soap is from Bacup.

Schools in Bacup

There is a good range of highly sought after schools in Bacup with the town being home to a number of Ofsted rated outstanding schools. Bacup Nusery School, Bacup Thorn Primary School, Bacup Holy Trintiy Primary and Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School all Ofsted Outstanding!

There are lots of other options in the local area including:

  • Northern Primary School
  • Sharneyford Primary School
  • St Marys RC Primary School
  • St Saviour’s Community Primary School
  • St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School
  • Bacup Holy Trinity Stacksteads C of E Primary School


Bacup benefits from great connections to nearby towns with the 464 bus route starting in Accrington following the Rossendale valley all the way through to Rochdale, giving you plenty of options for days out. As well as this you can also catch the number 8 into the popular town of Burnley! There is also the nearby Todmorden Train Station which provides easy connections to the bigger towns and cities including Manchester and Leeds, making Bacup perfect for commuters!


Bacup is one of the best reserved cotton towns in England, with them receiving funding for the 4 year heritage initiative to bring the buildings back to original order. It was known for its production of woolen cloth, with many of the original weaving cottages still in existence as listed buildings. It became a booming mill town following the industrial revolution with unique woolen and cotton mills.

Eating & Drinking

There are several great places to go for a bite to eat in Bacup, why not head down to Mario’s for a taste of Italy, The Swan Indian Dining to enjoy some Indian food in a converted classic British Pub, also The Street Food Kitchen is a great spot to enjoy a relaxed bite to eat with a cocktail! For a cheaper but tasty option head over to Bammys where you can enjoy a range of hot and cold sandwiches as well as burgers and other tasty treats.

Bacup isn’t short on places to go for a drink either with the New Inn and the George and Dragon proving to be real local favourites when it comes to a place to stop of for a quick drink. Also, Annas Café and The Old Boot are lovely options for bars with a bit of character and some great drinks options.


Within Bacup you can shop for all your essentials at the large Morrisons and B&M stores. Union Street is well known by locals for the go to street for all your shopping needs with a range of local amenities available. Bacup Market offers a makers market once a week with a local pie shop, greengrocers, butchers and fishmongers supplying all the fresh produce you’ll need.

Stubbylee and Morlands Park in Bacup