Sabden Fold was designated as a Conservation Area in October 2000. The conservation area includes the two hamlets of Sabden Fold and Lower Sabden Fold with their surrounding fields, and extends southwards across Sabden Brook to include Lower Houses.
The character and appearance of the conservation area is still strongly influenced by its origins as scattered farming settlements; indeed it has changed very little over the last 200 years. The essential character of the area is of informally grouped buildings scattered within attractive pastureland bounded by dry stone walls. The buildings mainly follow the water courses of Sabden Brook and Cock Clough, and the ancient routes and crossing points which grew up within the Forest of Pendle. The way in which these buildings have developed over several hundred years, and the intervening spaces that have resulted, have contributed to a special historic character worthy of conservation area status.
The historic farming hamlets and isolated farmsteads have their origins in the early vaccary farms of Goldshaw Booth. The conservation area also consists of a Grade II* listed Sabden Great Hall, and other listed farmhouses of the 16th and 17th centuries at Green Top and Lower Houses, as well as a variety of later farmhouses, stone barns and cottages.
Sabden Fold is set amongst a landscape of dry stone walls and open pastureland, with mature trees around the hamlet and lanes, and at Cock Clough wood. Cock Clough Plantation is to the north, which rises up to open moorland on the lower slopes of Pendle Hill.