Pleasington is often known as the birthplace of Blackburn Rovers, whose first ground was right here in the village before the move to Ewood Park. But the village and its surrounding area has much, much more to offer…
PLEASINGTON GOLF CLUB
If you like a challenge, Pleasington Golf Club is a must. Formed almost 120 years ago, it remains one of the best tests of golf in this part of Britain.
Commanding magnificent views, this is a superbly laid out course...part heath land in character, the heather may push you to the limits. Members and visitors can book Tee times online at www.pleasington-golf.co.uk Or call 01254 201630.
WITTON COUNTRY PARK
Enjoy 480 acres of beautiful mixed woodland, parkland and farmland, acquired in perpetuity for the local people, designated a Country Park since 1973, the River Darwen and River Blakewater both run through its wet meadow lands. Riverside walks, country trails, cycle paths, richly populated woodland, open parkland and a working farm all add to the attraction, as does a visitor centre housed inside the renovated stables and coach house that survive the demise of the original Witton Hall.
The Church of St Mary and John the Baptist – also known as Pleasington Priory, has graced the village for almost 200 years. The interior features five bays and an enormous chancel arch.
The East window is a stained glass representation of the Crucifixion. And a magnificent rose window dominates the entrance.
Outside, the Priory is equally imposing. Look out for the all-seeing ‘Eye of Providence’ above the West door...a symbol also found on the Great Seal of the United States and sometimes associated with Freemasonry.
PLEASINGTON OLD HALL WOOD & WILDLIFE GARDEN
This narrow strip of mixed woodland is a wonderland of native trees…rowan, hazel, ash, wild cherry and alder. Spring is also a riot of colour, thanks to snowdrops, bluebells, wood sorrel and pink purslane.
The stream and a large pond provide nesting cover for nuthatches, willow warblers, thrushes, mallards and hawfinches. And the Victorian walled garden is both a feast of wild flowers and home to no fewer than 12 species of butterfly and seven species of dragonfly.