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Things to do in Littleborough, Greater Manchester

Despite its name, Littleborough is one of the larger settlements in the borough, yet retains its village atmosphere. It gained importance, because it stood at the junction of two ancient routes over the Pennines. Its transport links were further enhanced with the coming of the Rochdale canal and the Trans-Pennine railway, which goes through the Summit Tunnel towards Todmorden. When the tunnel was completed in 1841 it was the longest in the world. Its designer, George Stephenson, is also responsible for the town's railway station.

The town has a history of both wool and cotton weaving. The stone built heart of the town, now a conservation area, looks much as it did 100 years ago. Its many fine buildings include the Coach House Heritage Centre and the circular Wheatsheaf buildings in the town centre, the nearby Stubley Old Hall, now a restaurant, and the Old Toll House on the road to Todmorden. Visit Ellenroad Engine House the home of the world's biggest working steam mill engine.

Nearby are the interesting villages of Wardle, Milnrow and Newhey to explore. Beautiful countryside to walk through, and there is watersports and fishing at Hollingworth Lake Country Park and sailing at Watergrove Reservoir.

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