Barrow Bridge and surrounding areas are a lovely area which is a short walk from Moss Bank Park, the country side and views are well known for walkers and hikers alike.
Barrow Bridge was a busy village housing three cotton spinning mills, these mills were built in three separate areas of the village and which all have been demolished over 100 years ago.
Built in 1863 for Halliwell Bleach Works is the 365ft chimney and is the only commercial building that still stands to this day though the chimney was not associated to the cotton spinning mills.
Barrow Bridge is a conservation area, the three sets of remaining houses leading to the 63 steps are picturesque they are all of different sizes and designs, they are stone built and have their own little bridge crossing over Dean Brook get to each one.
This area and the houses still look beautiful even on a rainy day!
Just before the 63 steps are some beautiful waterfalls
Barrow Bridge’s 63 steps
These stone steps are famously known by local and not so local people, the workers at the cotton mills would have used these steps daily to get to work, and they now head up to fields and walking areas of the West Pennine Moors. Please be aware that there are a lot of steps (hence there name) are not for the faint-hearted, these worn down stone steps can feel like they go on forever, luckily there is a bench at the top for you to sit on and get your breath back 🙂
Barrow Bridge Road
off Moss Bank Way