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Colne is a re-invented Lancashire mill town with the special landscapes and landmarks of the Pennines and Pendle Hill framing it. The welcoming heritage that it’s creating today, is one of independent shops and restaurants, theatre, and festivals. Visitors come from far and wide for the Colne Grand Prix, the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, and the Pendle Beer Festival. A new home here puts these events and opportunities right on your doorstep and provides a ready-made work-life balance, alongside easy access to the manufacturing and industrial areas of Nelson, Burnley, Blackburn, Bradford, and Halifax.

Getting around

The M65 starts life right on the edge of town, creating an easy link to the larger towns to the west. It continues all the way west till it joins the M6 below Preston approximately 20 miles away. The A682 is an alternative route into Nelson, 2.5 miles away, and Burnley, 6 miles away. To the north it heads up to Gisburn where it joins the A59 Preston to York road. The A56 is the town’s link with Skipton, over the border in North Yorkshire. Colne’s train station is at the end of the East Lancashire railway line, with services that link to Blackpool, Preston, Blackburn, and Burnley. There are frequent bus services between Colne and Burnley. Leeds Bradford Airport is an hour’s drive away, via the A6068.

Going to school

Colne has a great choice for school-age children, with six primary schools in the town, and a further three in the local area. For secondary age pupils there are three high schools in Colne: Colne Primet Academy, Park High School and the FisherMore RC High School. Nelson and Colne College of Further Education has post-16 education well covered, offering AS-levels, A-levels, BTEC and City & Guilds qualifications.

Going shopping

You’ll find quite a choice of local shops, independent and mainstream, convenience stores and supermarkets, in Colne and in neighbouring Nelson. Between the two of them there’s a Sainsbury’s, Tesco Express, ALDI, an Asda Superstore, Lidl, and Morrisons.

The Pennines and Pendle

You can aim high from Colne, with local high spots including Boulsworth Hill, Noyna Hill and the famous (or infamous) Pendle Hill. You are a stone’s through from Bronte Country with the world-famous village of Haworth just 11 miles away. A little further afield, beyond Skipton, you can head right off the beaten track into the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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