First founded in 1912 by pioneers of the Socialist Worker’s Movement, the Nelson Clarion House is still offering a warm welcome.
The site, deep in the Lancashire countryside, was chosen for its beautiful setting; the hope being that it would encourage a socialist ideal in changing the world for the better. With a deceptive false summit, the approach from Nelson takes in Pasture Lane, a challenging climb with a Strava profile that lists current professional road cyclists amongst the top times.
Still run by volunteers as a non-profit co-operative, this Clarion House is the last of its kind. At once a reminder of a past age yet still vibrant and operating on its founding principles. Offering an opportunity, when out riding, to re-fuel and shelter from the weather, this simple structure bears witness to past struggles of the Labour Movement with banners displayed on the wooden-clad walls that proudly urge workers to unite in fellowship and solidarity.
Open on Sundays and serving hot drinks with a choice of home-made cake, Clarion House is easily accessible from Manchester and makes an ideal stopping point for a rolling loop to the north of the city. Further information on opening times and the history of the Clarion Movement can be found here.