The unspoilt village of Holme Chapel is situated in the beautiful Cliviger Gorge three miles south east of Burnley. The church of St. John the Divine is of particular interest; built by Thomas Dunham Whitaker in 1794, it is the burial place of several notable Burnley people including General Scarlett who led the battle of the heavy brigade at Balaclava against 5,000 Russian soldiers coming away with no more than a dent in his helmet.
Whitaker was also a great naturalist and planted more than 40,000 trees in the area. His work was the inspiration for the Forest of Burnley. The woods at Holme Chapel are an excellent area for walking and also provide access to the Mary Towneley Loop and the rest of the Pennine Bridleway.