Clitheroe, Dalehead: St James

About This Churchyard

This lovely churchyard and is a level site surrounded by drystone walls. It was developed here in 1930s following flooding of the old village of Stocks in Bowland by Stocks Reservoir. Bodies were brought from the old churchyard and reburied here. Those whose remains could not be identified are buried in a mass grave at the far end of the site and is marked with a grave stone.

The Graveyard at Dale Head Church is designated by Rural Development Service of DEFRA as a ‘Biological Heritage site’, with over 130 plant species, some rare. We conserve the floristic richness and diversity of the sward by allowing the grasses and flowers to set seed, so providing a nectar and seed source for invertebrates and birds. We remove the year’s grass growth by the end of the growing season to allow next year’s grasses and flowers to achieve maximum production.

Key Features
  • Wildflower areas
  • Wildlife haven
  • Fascinating monuments – communal grave for those who had no headstone in the old St James’ burial ground
  • Peaceful space for quiet reflection
  • Good accessibility
Visitor Information

? Dog friendly (please keep on a lead)

? There is level access with gravel path

? Parking available on the road side near the church gate.


St James’ Church,
Dale Head,

Opening Times

Dawn till dusk all year round

Contact Details

Rev. Jonathan Oldfield 01200 446478 (until July 2020)


There is level access with gravel path

The nearest toilets are at Stephen Park Centre, Dale Head, Slaidburn, Clitheroe BB7 4TS and there are baby changing facilities there.

Parking and Transport

Cars can park on the road side near the church gate.

There is no public transport to the church.


The nearest cafe is at Slaidburn, Tosside, open all year round and Stephen Park Centre Cafe open Easter to October.




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