Barkisland village is to be found above Ripponden and there is evidence of human activity since the Stone Age. It obtained its name from being the settlement ('land') of a chieftain called 'Barkis'. It's community is mainly built around the church, school and a thriving cricket club.
The village is quite remote and situated right on the hill tops that experience some of the worst of the local weather. Ripponden is their thriving neighbor providing plenty of social activities, restaurants, bars and entertainment. Saying that, the village still has much to offer including :-
•    'Venue', which is a mill which is converted into an events/entertainment venue.
•    Cricket club - one of the regions most successful clubs which also has a very active social calendar
•    Fleece Inn - a very old and extremely popular pub/restaurant
•    Barkisland Hall - a house steeped in history and famous ex-owners. A grade I listed country house built for John Gledhill in 1638, constructed in stone in three storeys to an F-shaped floor plan. It was bought in 1967 by Lord Kagan to provide accommodation for his textile company (makers of the Gannex raincoat).
•    Griffin - pub/restaurant
•    New Rock - pub/restaurant
There is also some beautiful local scenery due to the fact that the village is in the centre of the Pennines.