Backbarrow in the Lake District.

River Leven

Backbarrow probably grew during the Elizabethan period, due to the corn mills built alongside the River Leven, and grew further in the early 1700s with the construction of an iron furnace. Cotton milling was an important local industry during Victorian times. Originally part of the 1868 Furness railway, the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway is the most significant reminder of this industrial heritage.  Ultramarine pigment, was produced for Reckitts in Backbarrow until 1981; the "bluemills" factory is now a hotel.

The village has a school, doctors surgery and a hotel with health spa. There are several good places to eat locally if you don't want to cook, and some good country pubs to be discovered.