In the fourteenth century this area was a Royal Hunting Park - the original Forest of Rossendale. Parts of the park's boundary are still clearly visible around Helmshore, which lies a mile or so south and west of Haslingden itself.
Haslingden became a mill-town during the Industrial Revolution, but few signs of its textile heritage are now immediately apparent. However, on closer inspection the visitor will find a number of cotton mills remaining - mostly without their chimneys, and either derelict or taken over by other businesses. The town has a slightly neglected air, although recent improvements to Higher Deardengate where the original cobbled road setts were restored, and a replica Big Lamp erected, have smartened up parts of the town centre.
It is the birthplace of the composer Alan Rawsthorne (1905-1971).
The x40 is a frequent bus service to Manchester and Blackburn. For a timetable go to http://www.lancashirebus.co.uk/cmsUploads/route/files/tlwtt_200909.pdf The 464 is a frequent local bus running from Rochdale to Accrington, via Haslingden. http://www.rossendalebus.co.uk/uploads/TT_464.pdf
Haslingden is a small town, and easy to walk around.
The Halo is sculpture set in a landscaped park, known as a Panopticon. One unique feature is that it is lit after dark and glows a sky-blue colour, giving the effect of hovering above the town. The landscaped site around has information boards and a viewpoint.