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Entering Loveclough from Crawshawbooth
Loveclough is located in Lancashire
 Loveclough shown within Lancashire
OS grid reference SD8127
   – London  225 miles 
District Rossendale
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BB4
Dialling code 01706
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Rossendale and Darwen
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Coordinates: 53°44′28″N 2°17′13″W / 53.741°N 2.287°W / 53.741; -2.287

Loveclough /ˈlʌf.klʌf/ is a small village at the centre of the Rossendale Valley, in Lancashire, England. It is located next to Crawshawbooth, a larger village with a school and shops, and Rawtenstall, a larger town that is connected via motorway to cities such as Manchester. The village lies 20 miles north of Manchester, 21 miles east of Preston, and 44 miles south east of Lancaster, the county town.


Loveclough is considered part of the Rossendale and Darwen constituency, after the constituency of Rossendale was abolished in 1983. The constituency sends one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons. As of June 2009, both Lancashire County Council and the local council, Rossendale Borough Council, are controlled by the Conservative Party.[1][2]

Geography and tourism[edit]

The small village is located on the edge of the Pennine hills in northern England. Away from the cities and in the hills, some people would consider it a beauty spot of the north west of the country, and a quiet place to go around business without the stress of city life. Various wildlife can be seen in the area, and there are plenty of lakes and rivers, such as the Limy Water, a tributary of the River Irwell which it joins in Rawtenstall. Local people take advantage of this by performing activities such as fishing[3] and bird watching.


The town is served by various bus services, the largest being the X43 and X44 services, named 'The Witch Way'.

The route was shortlisted for a UK Bus Award in October 2006.[4]


Burnley & Pendle bus 2755 on route X44 at Rawtenstall, the ones they use en route through the village
Loveclough to the west during January 2011, showing its role as a beauty location