Charles Church


Oswaldtwistle is one of those classic Lancashire towns that has an industrial heritage tied to the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Today this Pennine Waterway is a wonderful amenity for walking, cycling and watching the longboats go by. Oswaldtwistle is between Blackburn and Accrington, sharing the M65 route from Lancashire to Yorkshire. It's in a great location for access to Greater Manchester too, so your new home will be well-placed and well-connected.

Living in Oswaldtwistle

Living here

You’ve got all the usual town centre shops, supermarkets and amenities, and in addition, the town has made the most of its weaving mill history by transforming Oswaldtwistle Mills. This is now an award-winning shopping village with over 100 retailers all under one roof. The Hyndburn Leisure Centre is a venue shared by Oswaldtwistle and Accrington, as it’s so convenient for both.

Getting around

The M65 passes the town on its way to join the M61 and M6 to the east, connecting you with the North West as a whole, as well as to the rest of the motorway network. Two main A routes, the A666 and the A56 head south to Bolton and Bury on the way to Manchester, 25 miles away. Church & Oswaldtwistle train station has train services to all the local towns. Closer to home, it’s only 4 miles into the centre of Blackburn. Preston is 20 miles away and Burnley is 12 miles away, so for a round-up of Lancashire’s northern towns and cities, this is a good starting point for your journey.

City and Country

The bright lights and nightlife of Manchester are to the south and the landscapes and night skies of the Forest of Bowland are to the north. Oswaldtwistle has the best of both these very different worlds within easy reach. Just to the south, Oswaldtwistle Moor is one of a series of natural open spaces connecting with the West Pennine Moors, and the Hyndburn Wind Farm is a striking part of the landscape there.

Home entertainment

Oswaldtwistle has a great town park, Rhyddings Park, which includes a Kitchen Garden, shop and Café thanks to a great community spirit. The Arts Centre is another much-loved community venue, and the town’s carnival, held every two years, is an event that brings everyone out onto the streets. For energetic youngsters, the Jump Works trampoline park in neighbouring Accrington is a perfect answer. Blackburn’s Reel Cinema and Accrington’s Vue Cinema will save a rainy day for all the family.