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Pictures of Foulridge

in the county of Lancashire

About Foulridge

Lovely village which was once independent but since the middle of the last century has been part of the larger village of its near neighbour, Colne. Like Colne, for hundred's of years the village depended upon farming and weaving for its livelihood, with lead and coal mining coming later when the mines began to open up. The establishment of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal brought a measure of employment, as did the railways when they arrived. At one time Foulridge had a railway viaduct with seven spans, this was only demolished late in the 20th-century.

Foulridge, sitting at the edge of magnificent scenery, is now a residential village catering for tourists to the area. The canal is popular with boating enthusiasts, the Mile Tunnel which opened over two hundred years ago is here, and from Foulridge Wharfe visitors can take pleasure trips along the canal to witness lovely waterscapes and the area's rich and varied wildlife. At the Wharfe there is a pleasant tea-room and along the canal the odd inn or two can be found. In the village itself there are two noted inns, the Hole-in-the-Wall and the Hare and Hounds.

The village is a pleasant place to amble around, there is a delightful tree studded village green at the centre bordered by a mix-match of cottages, houses and shops.

Apart from the joy of the canal, there are some attractive places to visit near Foulridge, these include Lower Grass Wood, Skipton Wood, Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, Skipton Castle and the Mallam Tarn Estate. Visitors can also experience the stunning moor-land beloved by the Bronte sisters, these comprise Keighley, Rombalds and Wadsworth moors and the beautiful Forest of Trawden. The village is also close to the limitless beauty of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, a landscape of breathtaking grandeur.

Foulridge, lies amongst a patchwork of historic villages, all hold much to delight the visitor and show much of Lancashire's fine heritage

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