Living in Pendle: A Detailed Guide for New Home Buyers & Renters

Pendle is most famous for its links to the now notorious witch trials of 1612, Pendle Hill and its surrounding towns and villages are a truly bewitching area of Lancashire.

With stunning countryside, popular with walkers and cyclists, the market towns of Colne and Nelson and celebrated events like the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival and Colne Grand Prix, this area has more than one trick up its sleeve.

There’s no escaping the attraction of the Pendle Witches who were tried and sentenced to death over 400 years ago for so called acts of witch craft. Sorcery and magic aside, their story is woven through the landscape giving you the opportunity to walk, cycle or drive through some pretty spectacular Pennine countryside, whilst brushing up on your history.

All this great countryside also gives you plenty of opportunities to buy and eat locally reared meat and produce at places like Pasture Farm, and visit family friendly farm attractions like Thornton Hall Country Park.

The mill towns of Barnoldswick, Nelson, Barrowford and Colne are a quirky mix of traditional and trendy with mill outlets and old school weekly markets alongside vintage and designer shops. Within 5 minutes’ drive you can be surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Pendle is an authority in northern East Lancashire that covers 169 square kilometres and  the number of people per km² is similar to the North West average.

If you are thinking of moving to Pendle and you’d like to find out more about it, below is our detailed guide for new home buyers and renters.


















Education Institutions

As an education hub, it is also home to the University of Central Lancashire, Burnley College and Nelson Group manages Nelson College, managing various other educational institutions. All the 3 are top forming in their respective categories.

Where is Pendle?

If you’re looking at the UK’s geography and wondering where Pendle is? It’s located in North West of England in the East of Lancashire, about 40 minutes’ drive from Manchester and Preston.

As for what time zone, it is in, the answer is that it is generally UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time) and Summer (DST) is UTC+1 (British Summer Time). Pendle postcodes are BB and the dialling code is 01282.

Another frequently asked question about the two districts is what county is Burnley and Pendle in – it’s Lancashire, with easy and convenient access to all cities in the Nort West, including Preston, Manchester and Leeds. Burnley is right on the M65 motorway, M66, 62, M6 are al close by. In addition to this, Manchester Airport and Liverpool Airport are within commute distance.

Living in Burnley and Pendle

Living in Burnley is characterised by the fact that it has great schools and tertiary education institutions, high levels of employment and is also a hotspot for commuters. If you are

wondering, “is Burnley and Pendle expensive”, property prices are attractive and more affordable than in bigger hubs within the North West region.

For example, if you are considering moving to this area, one of the first questions on your mind will be the cost of the Burnley and Pendle council tax – which covers services such as education, waste collection and social services. For Burnley: on average, it will fall within three bands for the 2022/23 financial year. Band A is £1,495.87, Band B is £1,745.18 and Band C is £1,994.49. For Pendle: on average, it will fall within three bands for the 2022/23 financial year. Band A is £1,465.57, Band B is £1,709.82 and Band C is £1,954.09.

Is Burnley and Pendle safe to live in?

It is only natural for people moving there to ask is the area a safe to live? In short, although some areas may report higher occurrences of crime, overall it is a safe area that reports much lower crime statistics than most cities that have a similar population spread.

Burnley and Pendle opening times

Burnley and Pendle opening times vary depending on what you are looking for. For example, the Burnley and Pendle library opening times will differ depending on which of the 8 libraries you choose. Opening times vary from 9.00am to 7.00pm, Monday to Saturday. The Nelson post office opening times, on the other hand, will open in the range of 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Saturday; depending on the location you choose to visit.

Things to do in Burnley

Whether you like hiking, cycling, windsurfing, kayaking, horse riding, golf or sailing, it’s all available right here. The Prairie Sports Village has a 16-bay floodlit driving range, academy and nine-hole mini golf course. Hire a rowing boat or kayak at Thompson Park, or windsurf and sail at Clowbridge Reservoir.

Things to do in Pendle – Pendle’s Quirky Towns

Nelsonhome to the Shuttle . . . visit the new look town centre complete with its very own 12m weaving shuttle. Whilst you’re here why not see if you can translate the Lancashire phrases engraved on stone cubes around the shuttle. Nelson recently won a bid to become one of the country’s first Mary Portas towns.

Barnoldswick – Affectionately known locally as Barlick, and distinctly different to “clone town” Britain, the town has a great market and the second highest concentration of independent shops in the UK.  Barnoldswick was recently voted as being better than the Trafford Centre, winning hands down for shopper experience!

Colne – If you haven’t visited Colne recently, you’re really in for a treat, it’s a great town bursting with lots to do and see.

Picturesque villages

Barley and Roughlee – Rural delight doesn’t come much better than in these two beautiful villages. Barley is a honey pot for visitors as it’s the base from which people climb the iconic Pendle Hill or visit the Pendle Sculpture Trail. Roughlee was the home of one of the most famous of the Pendle Witches, Alice Nutter, who has had a sculpture built of her which sits proudly in the village.

Trawden and Wycoller– These pretty villages offer the visitor a real escape in the country. Wycoller is home to the beautiful Wycoller Country Park and was visited frequently by the famous Bronte sisters. There are many local walking and cycling routes icluding the trail that takes you to the landscape sculpture known as The Atom. Nearby are the villages of Foulridge and Laneshaw Bridge. All are visitor gems in their own right. Foulridge for its historic canalside buildings and boat rides. Picturesque Laneshaw Bridge, and Trawden, where many a walker starts his ascent of Boulsworth Hill.

Barrowford is a small town with a village feel, full of chic designer shops, spa and beauty parlours as well as specialist food and drink stores. All this is just seconds away from the relaxation of Barrowford park and the idyllic canal. You don’t have to travel to big cities to get your fix of glitz and glamour Barrowford has all that you could need . . . and more! (Courtesy of

The climate in Pendle

The climate in this region is moderate and receives an average of 10 days of rain per month. Temperatures in January are a high of 7° degrees Celsius and a low of 1° degrees Celsius. March and April warm up to around 10 and 13 degrees Celsius, respectively. Meanwhile, the height of summer in July and August sees temperatures rising to a median of around 22 degrees Celsius, and of course at times way more in our ever-rising climate change impacts.

House Prices in Pendle (rightmove)

Properties in Pendle had an overall average price of £166,367 over the last year.

The majority of sales in Pendle during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £120,679. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £207,678, with detached properties fetching £354,599.

Overall, sold prices in Pendle over the last year were 4% up on the previous year and 15% up on the 2020 peak of £144,046.

Pendle rent prices

If you are not looking to purchase a home in Pendle but instead to rent, it’s worth knowing that average rent prices is around £500 per month (2023). However, this will greatly depend on your location within the towns and its suburbs as well as whether you are renting a semi detached, terraced, or detached house or of course a flat/apartment. We have constantly updating market snapshot data for sales and for lettings on our site

Looking for Estate and Letting agents in Pendle

Our sales and lettings experts in Pendle obviously know the area extremely well and can advise what type of property would suit your needs best. We will be able to show you properties both for sale or to invest in, and to rent in Pendle and the surrounding areas. Home seekers, whether buyers or tenants, and investors looking for great value, get in touch with us for a consultation and viewings to help you select the best property for your requirements and budget.

Our Service to You

Belvoir Burnley and Pendle is one of the longest standing Property Management agents in the area. We pride ourselves on the fact that we have expert area knowledge along with a plethora of premium customer service experience in the property industry. Our aim is to deliver a quality and timely service is really what makes us stand out from the competition in a saturated market. Our team and network of industry leading experts is unmatched. We are deeply rooted within the local area. We opened just over 20 years ago and have been thriving and building wealth through property service, ever since. We are audited every year to ensure we remain compliant. We have clientmoney protection with Propertymark, we are a member of the Property Ombudsman, and our deposits are lodged in the Deposit Protection Scheme (DPS).

Why choose us?

The figures speak for themselves. We are delivering some of the highest local rental values for our landlords. We are offering some of the highest customer service levels. Just to top it off we manage over 300 properties in the Burnley area alone and Belvoir in Lancashire is in 1,000’s.

We have access to:

  • Legal Team Rent Guarantee                                        –      Rent Guarantee
  • Local Accountants Landlord Insurance                    –      Landlord Insurance
  • Local Solicitors Building Insurance                           –      Building Insurance
  • Local Tradesman Government Databases                –      Government Databases
  • Local council

We have managed a landlord’s portfolio of a single property ranging in value from £50,000 to various portfolios totally over £2.5 Million Pounds.

What can we do for you?

We can offer you an expert opinion on your property, find you the right, people, place and price all under one roof. We will guide you through the maze that is property. Lets face it property is complex and we all need a helping hand.

We will deal with all aspects from selling, buying, renting and even investing.


We offer a variety of services to aid and build investors. We believe investing in the local community is a great way to develop the area. So why not invest in the people. Property is an investment rich sector offering a stable return on your investment through capital appreciation and rental income while also allowing for use of leverage. With the average investment property costing £80,000 we can make sure you are guided through the process from the start to the end.

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