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Rochdale is an ideal centre for exploring the Pennines - an outstandingly beautiful part of Lancashire with its wide, open moorland, wooded valleys, distinctive towns and villages.

There are plenty of opportunities for sport, leisure, relaxation and discovery, in an area renowned for its warm and friendly welcome.

When you are looking for a little retail therapy you will find a tempting array of shops. Shopping in the Pennines is a very enjoyable pastime - the compact streets are ideal for browsing and make a pleasant change from the towns and cities. You will be sure to find everything you need from your daily requirements to that elusive special gift to take home.

There are fabulous independent and individual shops offering antiques, books, paintings and pottery, jewellery, speciality foods and local produce as well as designer clothes, shoes, gifts, and traditional toys.

Many of the smallest villages have well stocked general stores for all your day to day needs too.

You’ll find a variety of days out, events and things to do.

There will always be something to suit your taste, whether it’s family fun, an interesting day out or an event of specialist interest. There are festivals, fairs and shows to visit; however the beauty of the area and its all year round entertainment will ensure you’ll always find plenty to do during the winter and autumn too.

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