VISITOR GUIDE 2019
WALKERS’ PARADISE • PERFECT GETAWAYS FOOD CAPITAL • WEDDING HEAVEN • RICH HERITAGE
SOMEWHERE RATHER SPECIAL Dark Skies
The night skies over Bowland have recently been recognized as some of the darkest in England and granted official status as Dark Sky Discovery Sites. There are two designated Dark Sky Discovery Sites within the Ribble Valley, Gisburn Forest Hub and Slaidburn Village Car Park, both of which have parking and plenty of room to observe the sky. Dark sky watching activities, including the 2019 Dark Sky Festival, form part of the Festival Bowland programme and are open to all. www. forestofbowland.com/Star-Gazing
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At the oﬀicial Centre of the Kingdom lies the hidden gem that is Ribble Valley. With its picturesque villages, soul-soothing countryside and warm-hearted inhabitants, Ribble Valley is somewhere rather special—and certainly worth a visit. A significant part of Ribble Valley countryside is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From the River Ribble to the Bowland Fells, the area is the perfect destination for immersing oneself in stunning scenery and engaging in adventurous outdoor activities. Both locals and visitors alike revel in the area’s natural beauty, never failing to flock together indoors to enjoy some second-to-none warmth and hospitality.
A Food Heaven
Also known as the food heaven capital of the North, Ribble Valley offers an array of gastronomic experiences, from Michelin-star dining to family-friendly eateries. This is what makes the area so unique. Be it international cuisine or high-quality homegrown produce, there is something to suit every taste. Not to be overlooked are, moreover, the countless wine bars and pubs which distinguish themselves by their unequivocal elegance and charm.
Fantastic Places to Stay
In addition to wining and dining, Ribble Valley is home to an impressive selection of short- and long-stay accommodation. Glamping, cosy cottages and luxurious lodges, magnificent Tudor manors and beautiful B&Bs; it’s this variety of options that attracts such a diverse demographic to Ribble Valley. Everyone is welcome here, from soon-to-be newlyweds and families seeking peace and quiet, to long-lost friends reuniting in the place where their heart is.
A Rich Heritage
By Lee Parkinson
Another feature of Ribble Valley that makes it so unforgettable is its heritage. Sites such as the 14th century Whalley Abbey, the Ribchester Roman Museum and the medieval Clitheroe Castle form part of the locality’s backdrop. What’s more, the breathtaking Stonyhurst College served as a source of inspiration for the prolific author JRR Tolkien. In addition to its history, Ribble Valley also plays host to annual cultural, music, art and food events including the ever-growing Clitheroe Food Festival. Considering all that Ribble Valley has to offer, it’s no wonder that it is recognised nationally as one of the best places to live in the UK. Even the Queen told her biographer that she and Prince Philip yearn to retire to the area one day. Like Her Majesty, you are bound to fall in love with the many wonders of Ribble Valley. visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 3
Gisburn Forest Stocks Resevoir
The Trough of Bowland Gisburn Forest Stocks Resevoir
Slaidburn Centre of the Kingdom Dunsop Bridge
Bolton-by-Bowland Bashall Eaves
Hothersall Barrow Balderstone Wiswell
Great Mitton Middop Barrow
Rimmington Kemple End Downham
Horrocksford Knowle Green
Grindleton Longridge Thornley-RIVER RIBBLE Fell West Bradford with-Wheatley
Waddington Fell Hesketh Lane
Grindleton Horton RIVER RIBBLE West Bradford
Tourist Information Viewpoint
Gisburn Barnoldswick Howgill
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News 16 Clitheroe 20 Clitheroe Castle
Longridge 28 Whalley 30 The River Ribble Adventure
Ribble Valley Food Heaven
Where to Eat
Toast the Valley
Along the Hodder Valley
Pendle Hill and Surrounding Villages
Alive with the Sound of Music
A Walkerâ€™s Paradise
Explore Ribble Valley by Foot
The Dog Friendly Valley
Off Road Fun
Ten Great Family Ideas
PLACES TO STAY
Hotels and B&B
Self-Catering 113 Camping 120
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Editor: Tom Pridmore, Ribble Valley Tourism and Events Officer Sales and Production Team: Aimee Williamson, Evangeline Atkinson, Lucy Woods and Tremayne Ogley. Design: creative-council.net Cover: Knowle Top Studio Photography: LottieDesigns Ltd, Andy Latham Landscape Photography, Sarah Valentine Photography, Jon Toms, Martin Bostock Photography and The Fromme Shop, Knowle Top Studios; together with a variety of other talented photographer who supplied images for advertisments and editorial features. The information in this guide is published in good faith from information supplied, which does not imply recommendation or approval by Ribble Valley Borough Council, which does not accept liability for any loss or disappointment caused by reliance on information contained in the guide.
Church Walk, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 2RA. T: 01200 425111 Love Ribble Valley @goribblevalley
Nigel Cowling West Bradford
Your Ribble Valley
RIBBLE VALLEY Our Facebook page ‘Love Ribble Valley’ is a celebration of all that is good in this area. Here, you will find out about local events, special offers and unique experiences in Ribble Valley. 6 | visitribblevalley.co.uk
Ribble Valley is a place that is brimming with natural beauty, providing the perfect place for wonderful photo opportunities. From shots of the countryside, wildlife, events or of the quaint picturesque villages, it is possible to capture some truly remarkable photographs of this fascinating place. We love to admire the beauty that lies within the Ribble Valley, so in 2017 we decided to organise a photography competition via our popular Facebook page ‘Love Ribble Valley’. The competition allowed people to send us their own personal photos of the Ribble Valley and show off their wonderful photography skills. The finalists provided us with some amazing shots for our 2018 Discover Ribble Valley Visitor Guide. Following this outstanding response in its inaugural year, the Love Ribble Valley Photography Competition returned, and proved to be hugely popular again. This time we broadened the competition to have two categories, ‘The essence of Ribble Valley countryside’ and ‘People sharing special moments in Ribble Valley’, and we were overwhelmed with entries showcasing the photography talent of people in the area. The winners were decided by a simple vote by our Facebook followers and the winners were Claire Fromm and Andrea Lysons. The winners and shortlisted submissions either feature in this 2019 Guide or will be used on the popular Visit Ribble Valley website. In this guide they may feature in this gallery or elsewhere where they relate to a specific place or activity. Look out for . Thank you to everyone who participated.
Gaynor Tattersall Sabden
Zoie Carter Ingham Barley
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Your Ribble Valley...continued
Here is just a small selection of your favourite Ribble Valley views submitted to our competition.
Sarah Pope Slaidburn
Cheryl Hook Twitter Lane
Gerry Hall Pendle from Slaidburn
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Becky Moon Hodder Valley
Nigel Cowling Grindleton
Rebecca Pridmore Nr Slaidburn
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Saturday 10th Aug 2019 | 9.00am - 4.30pm
Hailed as one of the best food festivals in the UK by Conde Nast Traveller, and listed in the Top Ten UK Food Festivals by Eventbrite, Clitheroe Food Festival will return for 2019 on Saturday 10th August.
Hosting a huge selection of delicious local produce and culinary talent, Clitheroe Food Festival is known for its dedication to all things Lancashire, and the organisers take great care to keep it that way. With over 100 exhibitors offering a heavenly array of food, from smoked salmon and hog roast to scrumptious pies and locally reared beef, delicious ice cream to gingerbread and chocolates, there is something to tempt everybody. And when you’re in need of light refreshment, you’ll find a fine selection of craft beers, ciders, spirits and wines too! And if the food and drink isn’t enough, you’ll find a host of local music talent and family friendly activities to entertain all.
CLITHEROE FOOD FESTIVAL TRULY IS A DAY NOT TO BE MISSED!
Ribble Valley Mod Weekender By David Pinder
What's On 2019
Ribble Valley plays host to an exciting calendar of events and festivals each year. Follow this Whatâ€™s On Guide to discover a few of the highlights but be sure to log onto our website www.visitribblevalley.co.uk for the full listings and the most up to date information. visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 11
What's On 2019 January
May Queen Festival Obsession at Northcote
Stonyhurst College Tours
An annual homage to the finest food and wine. Northcote challenges a series of world class chefs to take-over their kitchens and create unique Obsession menus for guests to indulge in.
An opportunity to explore the historic college, learn about its past, and see its beautifully manicured gardens.
Where Northcote, Langho When 18 Jan – 3 Feb www.northcote.com/obsession
Where Stonyhurst, Clitheroe When 6 – 7 April enterprises.stonyhurst.ac.uk/whats-onevents
Celebrate the May Bank Holiday with a traditional May Queen Festival and a day of family entertainment in the picturesque village of Slaidburn.
Where Slaidburn When 12 May www.visitribblevalley.co.uk
MAY Bohemian Rhapsody: The Ultimate Queen Show This is a unique, original stage show, performed by an extremely talented cast of 10. This is not your normal frontman with band set-up, but the only production to create a 6-part tiered harmony structure, coupled with powerful choreography.
Where The Grand, Clitheroe When 25 Jan www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Chipping Steam Fair Ribble Valley Jazz Festival
A three-day event of classic vehicles and family fun, with the traditional values of a steam fair at its heart.
Celebrating its 10th year, the festival offers the best in Jazz and is an opportunity to dance and tap along to great music from national and international artists in venues around Clitheroe.
Where Clitheroe When 2 – 6 May www.rvjazzandblues.co.uk
The Greatest Show for Families This talented cast of 10 amazing performers will take lucky ticket holders on an immersive journey through songs of the Box Office smash, as well as other musical favourites including Wicked, Moulin Rouge, Hairspray and many more!
Where The Grand, Clitheroe When 16 - 17 Feb www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
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Where Green Lane Showground, Chipping When 25 – 27 May
Ribble Valley Wedding Show Newton-In-Bowland Duck Race The annual village duck race. Cheer on your rubber duck as it bobs down the River Hodder.
Where Newton-In-Bowland When 6 May www.newtoninbowland.co.uk
Spend a day in the world-renowned grounds of Stonyhurst College and learn about the area’s many leading wedding suppliers and stunning venues.
Where Stonyhurst, Clitheroe When 2 June www.ribblevalleyweddingheaven.com
Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display An opportunity to view Steam Engines, the Original Bounty Bus, and an array of vintage vehicles including cars and tractors, with free admission in the heart of the Hodder Valley.
Where Slaidburn When 8 – 9 June www.slaidburnsteam.co.uk
Cloudspotting Music + Arts Festival Cloudspotting is unlike any other festival. The beauty is in its intimacy. Located deep in Lancashire largest forest, Cloudspotting offers a wonderful escape in a totally exclusive backto-nature experience shared with a few hundred like-minded souls.
Goosnargh & Longridge Agricultural Show Entertainment for the whole family at a traditional country show with a packed schedule of cattle competitions, live music, children’s activities and much more...
Where Stephen Park, Gisburn Forest When 21 - 23 June
Where Lower Lane, Longridge When 6 July
Beat-Herder Festival Longridge Field Day Celebrate Longridge with a fun community festival. Expect a day of extravagant floats, fancy dress galore and decorated shops & houses at every turn.
Where Longridge When 8 June www.facebook.com/longridgefieldday
Waddington Scarecrow Festival Follow a trail around the pretty village of Waddington and keep a look out for scarecrows on the way. This year’s Festival runs alongside the Village Club’s Fine Food and Wine Festival, and the annual village Duck Race so it’s sure to be a weekend of fun for young and old alike!
Where Waddington When 22 – 23 June
‘Herd ‘em up!’ at the annual summer music extravaganza! With 17 areas of music and entertainment to explore it’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.
Where Sawley When 12 – 14 July www.beatherder.co.uk
The Ribble Valley Ride Calling all cyclists to ride through the stunning Ribble Valley countryside with a choice of 25, 60 or 100-mile routes. Make sure to register online beforehand.
Ribble Valley Live A family friendly live music festival with an exciting line-up of top tribute acts and the best local bands.
Where Across the Ribble Valley When 9 June
Where Read Football Ground When 5-6 July
Ribchester Roman Festival Immerse yourself in everything Roman as award winning re-enactment societies mount and perform battle displays on the site where a Roman cavalry fort once stood.
Where Ribchester Roman Museum When 13 – 14 July www.ribchesterromanmuseum.org visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 13
What's On 2019 AUGUST
Downham Hall Open Gardens Downham Hall opens its gardens to the public. Enjoy browsing a variety of stalls, local crafts and attractions, as well as live entertainment and children’s activities.
Where Downham Hall When 13 – 14 July
Hodder Valley Show Clitheroe Food Festival An annual showcase of the delicious produce from local food and drink suppliers. Culinary stalls take over the town and invite you to explore and taste.
Where Clitheroe When 10 August www.clitheroefoodfestival.com
Now in its 75th year, the agricultural and horticultural show will be held in Newton-inBowland in 2019. A vibrant show case for native and continental breeds of cattle and sheep, and an opportunity to browse fantastic exhibits from gardeners, bakers, floral artists and local schoolchildren.
Where Newton-in-Bowland When 14 September www.hoddervalleyshow.co.uk
Middle Earth Beer & Music Festival The Ale House Clitheroe presents a weekend of live music, local food and a vast assortment of beers to sample. Enjoy a wonderful atmosphere in a stunning location.
Where Waddow Hall, Clitheroe When 19-21 July www.facebook.com/ middleearthbeerfestival
Chipping Agricultural Show Something for all the family! With main ring events, food and drink stalls and children’s entertainment, it’s a day to celebrate all aspects of rural life.
Where Chipping, Clitheroe When 24 August www.chippingshow.co.uk
Royal Lancashire Show Lancashire’s traditional agricultural show. A celebration of the British countryside with horse shows, demonstrations and a children’s village and a brilliant family day out!
Where Salesbury Hall, Ribchester When 19 – 21 July www.royallancashireshow.co.uk
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Last Night of the Proms Enjoy free admission to celebrate the best of classical music, within the beautiful grounds of Cltiheroe Castle.
Where Clitheroe Castle Grounds, When 14 September www.clitheroetowncouncil.gov.uk
Heritage Open Days From Clitheroe’s landmark Castle Museum to the breathtaking Whalley Abbey, come together and commemorate the Ribble Valley history. The theme for 2019 is: Rivers of Peace and Protest.
Where Various locations around the Ribble Valley
When 14 – 15 September www.heritageopendays.org.uk
Ribble Valley Scooter Rally An annual event bringing together live music, like-minded people, and scooters of all kinds.
Where Various venues in Clitheroe When 27 – 29 September www.facebook.com/ RibbleValleyScooterRally
ALL YEAR ROUND Browsholme Hall Enjoy guided tours and afternoons teas in the beautiful setting where Turner sought inspiration. www.browsholme.com/the-hall-and-gardens
Festival Bowland Celebrating the wildlife, landscape, and culture of the Forest of Bowland. www.forestofbowland.com
Higher Trapp Hotel, Simonstone A fun calendar of party nights, murder mysteries and themed events. www.lavenderhotels.co.uk
Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues An extensive line-up of Jazz & Blues gigs, events and concerts. www.rvjazzandblues.co.uk
Ribble Valley Music Festival
For more information please go to:
Showcasing the music of the highest calibre and excellent value for money. www.rvarts.co.uk
Waddow Hall An extensive programme of events, open to the public. girlguidingactivitycentres.org.uk/waddow
Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Film club, reading group, Ladies Who Lunch, live music and much more... www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk/spreadeagle
Clitheroe Concerts Society A programme of live chamber music, performing pieces composed from 1600 to the present day. www.clitheroeconcerts.org
Community Rail Lancashire â€“ Guided walks programme
Discover the Ribble Valley via rail and foot. www.communityraillancashire.co.uk
DISCOVER MORE This is just a selection of the variety of events on oďŹ€er. For a full calendar and the latest information visit:
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NEWS Red Pump building on success
Taking over a business which had closed with no forward bookings must have seemed daunting, but husband and wife team Jonathan and Fran Gledhill have turned business at The Red Pump Inn around winning awards in the process. Five luxury bedrooms have been added to the original three, followed by four en-suite Glamping Yurts complete with wood burning stoves. The final phase of expansion which is expected to be completed by Spring 2019 is the creation of a landscaped Beer Garden, taking advantage of the panoramic views enjoyed by the Red Pump, the creation of 5 luxury Shepherd Huts looking out towards Pendle Hill and an extension of the existing Car Park. “We’re really excited about this development and can’t wait to see the Beer Garden being used to host Al Fresco events based around eating, drinking and music” says Jonathan, “and the Shepherd Huts which will allow us to offer Glamping all year round” adds Fran. Offering great value mid-week breaks, together with the superb reputation their Steakhouse Restaurant has won, The Red Pump Inn will be the place to head for in 2019.
The ultimate gardening experience
Exciting new changes are being made at Holden Clough nurseries near Bolton by Bowland to offer an even better service with the creation of much expanded range of plants and garden accessories. A whole new garden experience is being created including everything from buying plants, to learning about them and ultimately eating them! A large new glasshouse and new retail and show areas are supplemented with a bespoke classroom and outdoor learning area, to host innovative garden learning experiences throughout the year. The variety offered in a new seed room is one of the finest in the north of England, whilst the ever-popular Garden Kitchen restaurant has expanded to enable visitors to fully appreciate our delightful environment with a new dining terrace. A new kitchen garden ensures that fresh, healthy food options are served, and a new delicatessen offers a fantastic range of produce. 16 | visitribblevalley.co.uk 1 | FOOD AND DRINK : Portugese on the Pier
Watch the enchanted gardens grow!
The appeal of the beautiful Stydd gardens at Ribchester continues to grow, with new craft and retail opportunities now becoming established. With much more to attract visitors, Stydd is home to numerous outlets, each housed in a beautifully quirky cabin, including Maison De Lamond gifts and antiques, the Wine Shed, the Bee Garden, Rosie Duck’s exquisite coffee and cake shop, and of course, the renowned Stydd café bar, located in a glasshouse, where you can relax amongst climbing grape vines, jasmine, old roses and shabby chic items. www.stydd.com Stydd Gardens, Stoneygate Lane, Ribchester, PR3 3YN
Dog Walking Specials
The Aspinall Arms’ monthly pub walks have proven extremely popular, providing complementary refreshments and nibbles to both humans and their four-legged friends. The Mitton-based pub prides itself in its warm welcome to canines, allowing them to curl up in a cosy corner as if they were at home. Walkers, cyclists and foodies alike flock to the gastropub all year round to enjoy an everchanging menu of dishes comprising not only British culinary classics, but also exotic cuisine from around the world.
Accolades for Assheton Arms
The Assheton Arms, one of the top Gastro Pubs in UK was recently reviewed by respected Guardian Food Critic Grace Dent. Grace recalls her visit… ‘We visited the Assheton Arms in Downham on an autumnal Wednesday evening. This former coaching house sits at the foot of Pendle Hill, in many square miles of silent, light pollution-free, starry-skied countryside. It’s hard not to fall completely in love with it, I found myself checking for New Year’s Eve availability in their rooms within 10 minutes of arrival’ This is a glorious, stone-fronted building from the early 1800s with a neatly kept front terrace full of wooden tables that I imagine would be joyful in summer. Inside, there’s a log-burning stove and flagstone floors, then a welcoming, more modern dining room on a separate level. Grace extols the virtues of the wider Ribble Valley concluding ‘the Ribble valley is a nook of northern England where life seems simply to move more slowly. It may not be on many people’s bucket lists, but that’s what makes it all the more blissful’. www.asshetonarms.com visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 17
Food awards hat-trick for holmes mill
Historic Holmes Mill has scooped a hat-trick of prestigious food and drink awards as its reputation as a ‘must-visit’ foodie destination spreads across the North-West. At the end of another record-breaking year for the Mill, the growing list of accolades includes: • CAMRA National Pub Design Awards for Best Conversion • Lancashire Life Food Awards – Independent Retailer of the Year • SIBA Northwest Independent Beer Awards • Gold: Dragonglass | Bronze: Buster Describing the venue as ‘a glittering showcase for an amazing range of food’, Lancashire Life judges said: “This is a wonderful venue for sampling the best of Lancashire’s food and drink and a temple to good taste.” Holmes Mill operations manager Andrew Bailey said: “Whether it’s sourcing the best local produce we can find for the Food Hall or going the extra mile to make someone’s stay in the Ribble Valley that little bit more memorable, these awards reflect the pride our employees take in their work.” Find out more about Holmes Mill here: www.holmesmill.co.uk
Hobbit Hill Unveiled Set in one the most picturesque locations in Ribble Valley, Hobbit Hill located on Foxfields Farm, Stonyhurst, has opened for visitors. The whole site is available for exclusive hire, wedding and events Owner John Wilkinson, chose the most idyllic and picturesque corner of his farm for Hobbit Hill, creating five luxurious, warm and cosy glamping cabins and The Shooting Lodge holiday cottage. Much of the legendary Tolkien
Trail passes through and around Hobbit Hill, along the meandering river, across the fields and up through Stonyhurst, making Hobbit Hill the perfect place to stay and walk the Trail. The Hobbit Hill cabins and Shooting Lodge can accommodate up to 20 people altogether, with camping and caravan hook ups also available – great for family get-togethers and group bookings. www.hobbithill.co.uk/
Boutique self-catering – the new perfect hideaway for couples
Two Ribble Valley nature photographers, Irene Armiett and Duncan Phillips, who run Knowle Top Gallery in Clitheroe, decided to offer accommodation that inspires. An old barn high on the side of Pendle, renovated and decorated to the heights of industrial chic with all the comforts boutique self-catering could offer, and all with spectacular views across Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Chicken Shed is the perfect place for guests looking for a spacious, modern rural
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retreat only minutes from Clitheroe, surrounded by fell-side hiking paths and with a variety of gastro pubs close by. And for the keen photographer, workshops, photo-safaris and one-on-one tuition can be booked to enhance the experience. Irene and Duncan have produced many of the photographs used in this guide, including the front and back covers. The gallery at Knowle Top Studio has a range of collectors prints, gifts, fabric and decor. Their work portrays the landscapes, wildlife and lifestyle of Ribble Valley.
‘Walks with Taste’
A great new feature for 2019 are the Ribble Valley “Walks with Taste” which have been created by Ribble Valley Borough Council in partnership with some of the area’s favourite eating places. Each walk is circular and self-guided using an easy to follow leaflet which can be obtained on arrival each location or downloaded from the website. Each walk designed to provide a great outdoor experience in beautiful countryside, followed by the opportunity of a great meal at the host venue. Alternatively most venues offer a hearty breakfast before setting off. One business embracing ‘Walks with Taste’ is the Higher Trapp Country House Hotel, Simonstone. Jamie Proctor, General Manager said ‘ The Higher Trapp is 29 bedroom hotel set amongst stunning countryside and we frequently get requests from visitors who are looking for an enjoyable, safe walk followed by good meal and comfortable night sleep. We are delighted to part of ‘Walks with Taste’. To find out more go to www.visitribblevalley.co.uk.
The Spread Eagle Double Winners at Tourism Awards The Spread Eagle, Sawley scooped two awards at The Lancashire Tourism Awards 2018. The country inn, in the picturesque village of Sawley won ‘Taste Lancashire Pub/Inn Award’ and ‘Lancashire Perfect Stay Award.’ Natalie Barnes, the General Manager said “What an amazing night for our inn and the team!” said Natalie. Natalie’s husband, coGeneral Manager and Chef Greig Barnes was not able to make the presentation ceremony, but his food was definitely a key factor in the pub being victorious, Natalie explained. “Greig works so
hard to produce fantastically tasty and consistent food, and that is what our reputation is based on.” This summer saw Greig celebrate his 20th Anniversary of cooking at The Spread Eagle. The Spread Eagle is part of a small independent group of six inns known as Individual Inns, Gillian Wilman, the Business Development Manager added. “We are so pleased to have this recognition, and the Perfect Stay Award is brilliant as we have recently made a very large investment in adding four more guest bedrooms to the inn”.
WALKS in Ribble Valley
Luxury Micro Lodges open at Browsholme Hall
The Woodland Glade at Browsholme Hall has completed the development of 10 exclusive micro lodges close to the popular Tithe Barn. Each lodge has a double bed, shower room, kitchenette and sitting area with wonderful open views through trees across the Hodder Valley. Browsholme Hall, the home of the Parker Family since 1507, is open to visitors during the summer and these lodges provide a base for families, walkers and cyclists to explore the Forest of Bowland throughout the year. Four circular walks have been developed by Eleanor Parker, leading from the Glade and incorporating friendly inns and pubs along the route.
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Clitheroe is a vibrant market town with a bustling high street and side streets full of character, revealing independent shops, galleries and eateries and more. Offering panoramic views over the area, Clitheroe Castle crowns the town from an elevated position. Down below, there are countless places to discover—whether you enjoy browsing the shops, arts and culture, delving into history or sampling fantastic food and drink. Clitheroe is certainly a place to add to your must-visit list.
A Shoppers’ Paradise Clitheroe excels in providing a high-quality, superstylish and independent retail experience. If it’s fashion, shoes and accessories you’re looking for, the town hosts a range of boutiques selling designer brands for men, women and children— including country-wear ideal for exploring Pendle Hill and beyond. From Cowman’s sausages to D Byrne & Co’s wines, to locally-crafted homeware from the Emporium, the town’s independent outlets offer a shopping experience that showcases the very best of Ribble Valley quality and handicraft.
Food and Drinks Galore While walking through Clitheroe, you are bound to notice the aroma of freshly-ground coffee which emanates from the delightful Exchange Coffee: a traditional tea and coffee shop which takes its customers a step back into a golden age. Here you can choose from a vast array of beverages, meals and nibbles. Aside from Clitheroe’s many cafés, there are countless bars serving ﬁne wines, locally-brewed beers and deliciously cool cocktails. One of the most popular venues is Holmes Mill, a former textile mill which has been transformed into a food, drink and leisure hub. Home to Bowland Beer Hall and a Food Hall bursting with delicious local produce, the complex also has a gelato parlour, patisserie café, and the Spinning Block Hotel. Great for family-friendly dining is the nearby Emporium, a lavishly-converted old Methodist chapel comprising three expansive storeys for eating, drinking and shopping. Here Parisian café culture meets relaxed wining and dining, along with a luxury interior shopping experience. All in all, Clitheroe has a restaurant to tempt any tastebud, spanning from Greek to Italian to American cuisine. 20 | visitribblevalley.co.uk
Spectacular Events One of the main events of the summer months is the Clitheroe Food Festival, a freeto-attend family day which exhibits the ﬁnest of Lancashire’s food producers. For fans of music, the Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival is another superb addition to your diary, now recognised as one of the county’s best musical extravaganzas. Also worth a watch is the Last Night of the Proms, a stunning summertime celebration of British music and culture. Two further events of interest are the annual Mod Weekender, which brings hundreds of scooter aficionados to town, and the Ribble Valley Beer Festival, where beer and ale lovers flock together to celebrate the finest of local brews. Finally, bespoke events take place on a regular basis at Holmes Mill, from private weddings to public jam sessions. There really is something for everyone to enjoy.
So Much to See and Do For a marvellous mix of live entertainment and culture, it’s worth paying a visit to The Grand. Since opening its doors in early 2008, the state-of-theart venue has diversified its programme and gained its name as one of the North West’s best-loved medium-size cultural venues. Soon to be opened in 2019 is, furthermore, Holmes Mill Cinema, where there will be film screenings suitable for audiences of all ages. If you’d rather make the most of the great outdoors, you can find parks and picnic places throughout Clitheroe. Edisford Bridge, for example, boasts one of the prettiest riverside spots in town, equipped with tables, a miniature steam railway, and an ice cream van. Plus there’s plenty of clear, fresh water in which to paddle, of course! Clitheroe’s very own beach never fails to please. If you want to find out more about the thriving market town of Clitheroe and what there is to see and do here, simply head to the Platform Gallery, where a qualified guide will provide you with all the information you’re looking for.
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A Very Special Heritage Clitheroe is also home to an early medieval castle which has been lovingly preserved and developed over time into a fabulous hub of history. While the interactive museum seeks to inform many a visitor, the creative outdoor play zone serves to entertain the kids. Not to be forgotten are the splendid 16-acre castle grounds, which host a bandstand, playground and Lancashire’s one and only labyrinth. As well as ascending to the castle keep and admiring the breathtaking views, there is the option to discover even more of Clitheroe’s heritage by taking part in the exciting Town Trail. The mile-long walk suitable for all the family takes you on a journey across time and place, from the 19th century market place, to rows of Victorian terraces, to pubs dating back to the 16th century. If you fancy using Clitheroe as a starting point to explore further afield, then the Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail is the adventure for you. Launched in 1993, this trail incorporates over 20 different works of art, taking you through woodlands, grasslands, Brungerley Park and Cross Hill Quarry. Not only will you enjoy views of the AONB Forest of Bowland, but you may also spot some fascinating local wildlife—kingfishers, otters and many more!
Here at The Emporium, our shop is a veritable Aladdin’s cave, packed full of gorgeous gifts for you, for them and for your home.
Clitheroe Castle By Becky Moon
Watch your coffee being roasted on the premises and enjoy our Victorian coffee house
The aroma of roasting coffee will draw you down Wellgate into the shop, where you will find over 35 of the world’s finest arabica coffees. The shop contains a vast variety of coffee and tea. Food and snacks are available throughout the day with a wide selection of sandwiches, toasties and jacket potatoes plus homemade weekly specials. Free Wifi available.
24 Wellgate | Clitheroe | Lancashire | BB7 2DP
01200 442270 • email@example.com www.exchangecoffee.co.uk
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Opening Times: Shop: Monday to Saturday 9.00am – 5.30pm Cafe: Monday to Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Clitheroe HALF COFFEE SHOP, WINE BAR & BRASSERIE; HALF INTERIOR DESIGN SUPERSTORE... The Emporium is genuinely unlike anywhere you have seen or been before and its Parisian Grand Cafe style appeals to everyone. Housed in an old Methodist Chapel, lavishly and lovingly converted to create three huge floors of eating, drinking and shopping. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal and that’s the way we like it. All three floors offer hidden gems you’ll just have to have, both on and off the menu!
Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything inbetween! THEEMPORIUMCLITHEROE.CO.UK Moor Lane, Clitheroe, Lancashire. BB7 1BE | 01200 444174
Museum and Atrium Café
verlooking the quaint town of Clitheroe is the ancient landmark, Clitheroe Castle*. Sitting proudly on top of its limestone mound the Castle’s Keep is open daily and free to visit. Stunning panoramic views of Ribble Valley’s beautiful, historic landscape can be seen from here which certainly makes the climb up to the top worthwhile! Within the bailey walls visitors will also find Clitheroe Castle Museum and Gift Shop, the Atrium Café and the Steward’s Gallery, making it a must-see destination for all the family.
Visitors to the award winning Museum will be transported through 350 million years’ of local history. The journey starts with the formation of the landscape we see today and why the Ribble Valley is a haven for unique wildlife. Moving through the galleries the captivating story of the Castle and surrounding area continues to unfold. From local industry and heroes to local myth and legend the fascinating exhibits, touchscreen animations and sound points make it a shared experience for everyone to enjoy. All accompanied children 0-12 years and unaccompanied young people 13-18 years go free and there are lots of interactive, familyfriendly activities to engage the younger
mind. Group tours of the Castle complex can also be booked in advance. The Atrium Cafe is located beside the Museum and is the perfect place to enjoy some delicious food, after travelling back in time whilst in the Museum! The cafe’s freshly ground coﬀee beans and loose-leaf tea is purchased from Clitheroe’s own, Exchange Coﬀee and all of the meat is supplied from locally sourced butchers. You can also find a bar here, so why not spoil yourself on your grand trip to the Castle? Just below the cafe, you will also discover a popular gift shop, where you can pick up some iconic merchandise and wonderful souvenirs to keep as a memory of your great experience at Clitheroe Castle.
not only a delight with its ‘Picnic in the Park’ afternoon tea, but also for its warm, hearty lunches and fantastic cakes The Atrium at the Castle is extremely proud to oﬀer tailored functions that are bespoke to you. It makes for an extremely beautiful and unique wedding venue, within a stunning setting, creating an exceptionally distinctive back drop to your wedding photographs. This is the perfect place to ensure your big day is one which you and your guests will remember for a lifetime! Contact the Atrium’s Wedding Coordinator, who will be only too happy to help plan your
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special day. Alternatively visit www.castleweddingsandevents.co.uk to find out about hosting parties and special events. The Steward’s Gallery, situated in the grounds of the Castle, is a dedicated exhibition space for art, photography and social history exhibitions. Free to access, there is a vibrant calendar of events running throughout the year. Clitheroe is home to a feast of art galleries and exhibition spaces situated throughout the town and the Steward’s Gallery is now a part of the regular
ArtWalk, an event where artists showcase their work to the public. For more information about the ArtWalks visit: www.rvarts.co.uk Groups welcome The castle is the perfect place for an organised group to visit, with the combination of a fantastic heritage attraction and some amazing food oﬀers, whether that be a delicious afternoon tea with home baked cakes, or a full tasty lunch experience. Please contact us for some great group oﬀers.
Limited disabled parking is available at the museum; however there is ample car parking across the town’s many central car parks. The Atrium Castle Hill, Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 1BA 01200 442630 | 07858 822 187 www.castleweddingsandevents.co.uk Clitheroe Castle Museum Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA 01200 424 568 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 25
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AN AWARD-WINNING DESTINATION AT THE HEART OF THE RIBBLE VALLEY Good times and great food are woven into the very fabric of Holmes Mill â€“ a lovingly restored Victorian textile mill at the heart of the bustling market town of Clitheroe. Holmes Mill is the must-visit venue foodies all over the North West are talking about: a multiple award-winning destination which anyone with an appetite for epicurean adventure will simply love! By making features of the historic mill machinery and preserving the rich textures of the original building, this imposing Victorian edifice makes a breath-taking backdrop for a unique shopping, dining and leisure experience.
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“ENJOY GREAT LOCAL FOOD, A UNIQUE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE AND A WARM WELCOME”
Discover the best of Lancashire produce in the Bowland Food Hall and sample a vast selection of cask ales and craft beers amid the spectacular surroundings of Bowland Beer Hall – the only winner of a CAMRA Pub Design Award outside London.
“AT LEAST 24 CASK ALES ON ONE OF THE LONGEST BARS IN BRITAIN ”
Take a tour of the adjoining Bowland Brewery before enjoying samples of their award-winning ales and tucking into snacks or more substantial dishes from the hearty beer hall menu. Alternatively treat yourself to tasty tapas at the counter in the Food Hall or adjourn to the elegant ambience of the contemporary bar and bistro next door, where cocktails are a speciality and an ever-changing seasonal menu features modern English and continental classics. And should you want to make a weekend of it, upstairs you’ll find a selection of industrial inspired boutique bedrooms with ensuite facilities in the Spinning Block Hotel.
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Longridge is so aptly named as it sits on the hilltop, on a long ridge, with stunning views across the surrounding countryside. The best place to begin your visit is the Old Station which has been carefully converted to house the Heritage and Visitor Centre, along with a café. Open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, here you can find out about Longridge’s fascinating history, browse the old photographs on the town archive, or view one of their regularly changing exhibitions. You will be able to pick up local walking guides, history trails and a variety of information to help you discover more about this attractive town. Much of this former cotton mill town was built from the distinctive sandstone quarried locally, and so much of the town has remained largely unchanged in appearance since the 1800s. One of the most significant places in the Town is Club Row, a row of twenty solid workmen’s cottages built when Longridge was just a village, and textiles were the big employer. A blue plaque explains their significance and this terrace, erected between 1774 and 1804, and is believed to be the oldest surviving example of a property built by a buildings society in the world. The main street, Berry Lane is very much the hub of the town with a thriving selection of shops where you will discover a wide variety of charmingly unique art, crafts, homeware, jewellery, gifts, designer clothing, shoes and accessories. There is a pleasant blend of longstanding family businesses and more recent arrivals. One couple demonstrating the confidence to invest in Longridge are Ben and Andrea Fullalove, who opened a new wine and tapas bar just off Berry Lane right in the heart of the town. Andrea said ‘We have always loved Longridge; the town has a strong community feel and is very welcoming to visitors. We have always been impressed by the variety of speciality shops here in the town and we believe our business, offering quality wines and a varied tapas menu, fills a niche both in Longridge and the wider Ribble Valley.’ Up at the very top of the town is the Dog Inn, a well-established landmark and another business which has enjoyed recent investment. The owner here too believes in investing in quality, having recently refurbished this iconic building to make it even more welcoming to visitors. Commanding fantastic views over the town and surrounding
countryside, The Dog Inn is a warm and cosy gastro pub, with a modern contemporary feel, complete with open log fires. Another welcoming Inn, located just on the outskirts of Longridge, is the Derby Arms, its atmospheric tap room, feature fireplaces and larger central bar create a series of ambient spaces perfect for drinks with friends or a special dining experience. If you are seeking self-catering accommodation in the heart of the nearby open countryside then the Shippon and Meadow cottage are two good examples of the beautifully appointed, quality properties available to let for short breaks or longer holidays. Recognising the growing popularity of the area for tourism, The Dog Inn has created luxury holiday apartments that will provide an ideal base for visitors wishing to spend time exploring the gateway to the Forest of Bowland. Each year Longridge plays host to an annual art event called ‘Create Longridge’ which invites artists to capture local life in one day. All the artists have to paint within a 3-mile radius of Longridge town centre and do so in a publicly accessible space, so visitors can see them at work. Artists produce landscapes, street scenes and abstracts. In addition, there is a wide range of fringe events including the fabulous work of Longridge’s textile enthusiasts and children’s art classes. Everyone is welcome to come along and interact with some of the region’s most creative and talented people, to enjoy all that Longridge has to offer and have a fun day in the beautiful Ribble Valley.
Longridge Field Day - 8th June 2019 Goosnargh and Longridge Show - 6th July 2019
An exclusive wine & tapas bar in the heart of Longridge. Serving a wide range of international wines by the glass, local real ales, cold bottled lagers, teas, freshly ground coďŹ€ee and tapas. We have an extensive wine list including an array of wine by the glass, along with a rotating selection available to taste, these alter regularly, so come along and try something newâ€Ś
We are a young business, who have been inspired by wonderful sensations. We want to share our experience with those who have not been fortunate enough to come across them. Everything we have involved ourselves in is only because we love them and feel our lives enriched by them.
| Fullaloves Wines, The Old Stables, 5 Stanley Street, Longridge, Preston, PR3 3NJ | Tel: 01772 780326
Golden-age Cinema Longridge is lucky enough to have one of Lancashireâ€™s quirkiest cinemas, the Palace, which started life as a weaving shed and during its time has been a music hall, roller skating rink, a bingo hall and, finally a cinema in the 1970s. The cinema has recently refurbished in a clever restoration which retains the character of the building whilst hosting a modern and diverse range of entertainment. Owner Lara Hewitt has been keen to retain some of the old-world charm of the cinema where hot tea is still served in real mugs and the national anthem is played before each film. Ribble Valley is very lucky to host one of the last remaining independent cinemas.
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Nestled at the foot of Whalley Nab, alongside the River Calder, lies the village of Whalley. It’s a place steeped in history, rural charm and natural beauty.
Unique history One of the village’s most popular places to visit is Whalley Abbey, a former Cistercian monastery dating from the 14th century. Today, its stone walls surround a stunning conference centre and retreat including a coffee shop and exhibition centre. While the expansive grounds are open for exploration by day, the Abbey also offers four-star overnight accommodation. Another visitors’ delight is St Mary & All Saints Church, where a stroll through the pretty churchyard reveals three Saxon crosses dating from 628 AD. Many centuries later, in 1850, construction of the Ribble Valley’s viaduct was completed with the aim of carrying the railway over the River Calder. Visible from the streets down below, the viaduct is the longest in Lancashire and has become a landmark of the Ribble Valley.
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Rural charm They say good things come in small packages—this certainly applies to the village of Whalley. Along the main street and cobbled side alleys there are numerous restaurants, bistros, wine merchants and delicatessens just waiting to be discovered. In fact, the village offers some of the finest dining experiences in the Ribble Valley, ranging from afternoon teas to authentic Italian restaurants. As well as its café and culinary culture, Whalley has a thriving retail scene. Dotted throughout the village are—among others—exquisite jewellers, hair and beauty salons, and designer clothing boutiques. Worth a special mention is the multi-award-winning outdoor clothing specialist Whalley Warm & Dry. Here you will find highly-qualified staff who not only provide expert advice, but also measure and adapt walking footwear for optimum comfort.
In addition to charming grade II listed cottages and quaint alleyways, Whalley has an unrivalled natural beauty. Within walking distance lies, for example, Spring Wood—a once monastery-owned woodland that now hosts many a family picnic, forest walk and ice cream purchase! What makes Spring Wood so special is its rarity; as a semi-natural ancient woodland dating from before 1600, it is one of the very few areas of greenery from this time that were not cleared to make way for agricultural land. Another unique aspect of the wood is its location; from no other place in the Ribble Valley are the village of Whalley and the iconic Pendle Hill so easily visible and explorable. visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 31
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The River Ribble weaves and turns through the breathtaking Ribble Valley countryside, hosting a number of quaint and rustic villages along the way. From historic Roman forts, to the awe-inspiring views that inspired Middle-Earth in J.R.R Tolkien’s, ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ novels, discover and explore the River Valley for yourself, using our simple journey guide. We begin our journey at the significant and historic Roman village of Ribchester, the location of the cavalry fort known as Brematennacum. Why not go back in time to 32 | visitribblevalley.co.uk
241BC and view the Fort and Settlement in all its glory through a 3D interactive visualisation at the Ribchester Roman Museum. Around the village you will find plenty of evidence of the Roman settlement such as the old Roman baths. Whilst in Ribchester, make sure to check out Stydd Gardens a nostalgic and unique experience. This is not your typical garden centre, as amidst the gorgeous gardens, are plenty of creative and imaginative businesses to explore, including gift and jewellery shops, an innovative and bespoke wine company, and delightful cafe-
bar and tea-room housed in our exquisite greenhouse. After visiting the historic sites, make sure to relax at the award-winning Potters Barn local cafe situated in the heart of Ribchester. Enjoy home cooked food from locally sourced produce with special dietary requirements catered for. Having enjoyed your traditional Lancashire Fayre, stroll into the gift shop and browse the extensive range of handcrafted gifts and unique ideas for the home, or if you are feeling creative, participate in the pottery painting with a personalised memento of
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your time spent in this historic village. Next on your journey make sure to stop by Hurst Green, which hosts the start of the famous Tolkien Trail walk. Starting at the Shireburn Arms, walk in the same footsteps as J.R.R Tolkien himself, stopping by the magnificent Stonyhurst College and spectacular Cromwell Bridge. All of this, while admiring the stunning natural beauty and rolling hills of the Lancashire countryside. Having successfully completed the Tolkien Trail, you will arrive back at the Shireburn Arms,
a rustic and dog-friendly country pub, which provides a warm welcome and a delightful hearty Lancashire meal on your return. After leaving Hurst Green, travelling further up the river, you will come across the tiny hamlet of Mitton, which offers some of the best food and drink in the Lancashire area. A favourite among travellers and locals alike is the Aspinall Arms, with a huge selection of food and beverages, along with its cosy open fire and traditional pub aesthetics inside. The outside hosts a beautifully terraced
and landscaped garden, perfectly situated on the riverbank, overlooking the medieval All Hallows church. Located just south of the Aspinall Arms, is Mitton Hall, a 14th Century country house hotel, that offers luxurious accommodation and is recognised as one of the leading wedding venues in the Ribble Valley. With stunning views, incredible architecture and elegant interiors, Mitton Hall offers both a delightful brasserie and bar, serving dishes using locally sourced visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 33
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ingredients, providing decadent afternoon teas, and a fine selection of cocktails. As we arrive at the midpoint of our journey, we enter the quintessential English village of Waddington, a regular winner of Lancashire’s Best Kept Village Award. With its babbling brook and coronation gardens, perched on the outskirts of Clitheroe, this is a must stop on your excursion through the Ribble Valley. A conservation site, Waddington oozes charm with great places to explore and discover real British heritage such as St Helen’s Church, an attractive Victorian rebuild. Waddington offers a great variety of places to eat. Most locals would recommend the Waddington Arms, a vibrant pub, full of character, it’s the hub of the community. It offers 34 | visitribblevalley.co.uk
a varied menu full of new and classic dishes, to cater for all of the family. Looking for a sensory experience? Why not visit Melt, a small independent candle manufacturer dating back since 2000, developing hand-crafted scented candles, reed diffusers and luxury skincare products for every season. Melts humble beginnings and small staff size, really promote the core traditional values of the quaint village. At the edge of Waddington village stands 17th Century Waddow Hall in 178 acres of lush land overlooking the River Ribble. Owned by the association of Girl Guiding UK, the hall is open to the public hosting a variety of special events and a restaurant providing great quality
locally sourced food. There are also an extensive range of outdoor activities for you thrill seekers, under the supervision of qualified instructors, including climbing and canoeing. After indulging in all that Waddington has to offer, our next destination is West Bradford, a small charming village where Mahatma Gandhi visited in 1931 whilst visiting the Lancashire cotton mills. Staying at the Heys Farm Guest House, he commented on how beautiful he found this part of the Ribble Valley. The ideal way to enjoy your time at West Bradford is to stay at the Three Rivers Caravan Park, a 22-acre certified ancient woodland, and it hosts impressive and jaw-dropping views. Under new ownership, the Three Rivers woodland café is
The Spread Eagle
the perfect establishment to enjoy light bites and a selection of Lancashire confectionary, all made inhouse, lovingly crafted from fresh local produce. Our penultimate location finds us in the picturesque village of Sawley, nestled deep within the Lancashire countryside. Here, you’ll find the remains of Sawley Abbey, a Cistercian abbey, founded in 1148, set close to the River Ribble and overlooking a beautiful backdrop of dramatic hills. Eat, drink and stay at the award-winning Spread Eagle, one of the most well-known pubs in the Ribble Valley. Beautifully situated by the River Ribble, the Spread Eagle provides exuberant bedrooms and is a regular hotspot for weddings and many other events in its unique and versatile function room.
River at Sawley
Finally, on our journey, we finish in the pretty village of Bolton by Bowland, home to the 13th Century St Peter and Paul English Gothic church and the remains of the 13th Century market cross and stocks. The best way to experience the picturesque village is to follow the village trail, starting at St Peter’s Church, embarking upon a 3-mile (4.6 km) stroll through the finest parkland scenery in the Forest of Bowland and finally returning to the village, completing our River Ribble adventure.
So, whether you want to start the journey by yourself, with friends or with family, the River Ribble Adventure is one that we can’t recommend enough. You can go on the route that we recommend, or discover for yourself the true splendour and wonder that comes from the enchanting Ribble Valley countryside. Within all of the villages on the journey, there are countless events throughout the year, ranging from festivals to clubs, from duck races to Roman re-enactments; there truly is something for everyone.
To find out more about some of the traditional events taking place in the valley communities go to.
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Mitton, Clitheroe Mitton Rd, Mitton, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9PQ 01254 826 555 | www.aspinallarmspub.co.uk
The Aspinall Arms The Aspinall Arms is a 19th Century coaching Inn, that sits on the banks of the River Ribble, overlooking the All Hallowsâ€™ Medieval Church and Great Mitton Hall on a raised bluff opposite. Open fires, wooden floors, old style furniture and traditional rugs, the Aspinall Arms pub is brimming with character, warmth and most importantly, a great atmosphere. In such a welcoming environment with many friendly faces, you will certainly be made to feel entirely at home here and will get the urge to want to head back again and again. The Aspinall is the perfect place to relax and unwind, whether that is by the roaring fire on a large cosy chair, or in the substantial light-filled garden room, enjoying the wonderful views that overlook the terraced and landscaped riverside gardens. With plenty of space outdoors, this is another perfect spot to relax and enjoy the wonderful fresh country air, whilst enjoying a spot of lunch and a refreshing drink! Sitting at the heart of the building is the central bar, which has six cask ales on tap, a back shelf crammed with malts, a great selection of gins and wines galore, an open fire and a stone flagged floor, so that walkers, cyclists and dogs will be made to feel at home!
Our food… Our team of fantastic chefs have produced a seasonal menu, with a spine of freshly prepared, classic English dishes, complemented by more exotic influences from various parts of the world. If you’d like to reserve a table at the Aspinall Arms, you can do so by calling 01254 826 555 or booking online at www.aspinallarmspub.co.uk. On our website you will also find more photographs of the pub, together with the day’s menu, wine lists and a brief potted history.
Your Ribble Valley Experience Begins Here... Nestling in the beautiful village of Sawley, The Spread Eagle is a historic coaching inn. With the river running at one side of the building, and the remains of the Cistercian Sawley Abbey on the other, it boasts a picture perfect location.
Famed for our delicious food, local beers and fantastic wine list - together with our friendly service, pick your spot to indulge in from our ﬂag ﬂoored bar with open ﬁre, cosy bar lounge or stylish dining rooms. Telephone: 01200 441202 Email: email@example.com www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk Sawley - Near Clitheroe - Lancashire - BB7 4NH
We welcome walkers, cyclists (secure your bike in one our high-tech bike pods) and even your four legged friends! Our Abbey Suite is the ideal space for private dining, weddings & celebrations or business meetings - and if you'd like to stay longer we have eleven luxury bedrooms, each one individually designed, with all you would expect and more.
We look forward to seeing you...
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The Freemasons oﬀers clever cooking that people can relate to, where the food is served with ﬁnesse, justiﬁed conﬁdence and a generosity of spirit – no twee ‘ﬁne dining’ portions here. The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants
Call 01254 822 218 email firstname.lastname@example.org | Visit www.freemasonsatwiswell.com 8 Vicarage Fold, Wiswell, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9DF
Often referred to as the food capital of the north, Ribble Valley plays host to a mouth-watering array of food experiences. Right across the valley you will discover an abundance of award-winning eateries with friendly and professional staﬀ just waiting to welcome you. From cosy cafes and tearooms to gastro pubs, contemporary mill conversions and a Michelin-starred manor house. With authentic Indian to award-winning Cantonese there are ﬂavours of the world to be found in the Ribble Valley
The Red Pump Inn at Bashall Eaves offers sensational steak dishes. Their beef comes from native Longhorn, Shorthorn and Galloway cattle and is slowly matured for a wonderful ﬂavour. Their suppliers, Ginger Pig, produce for some of the best restaurants in London, Paris…and Bashall Eaves! At the Derby Arms in Longridge, you will ﬁnd a superb selection of freshly prepared food which is created using quality, seasonal ingredients. Their lunch menu offers a range of light bites and classic favourites and is perfect fuel for an afternoon of local shopping in Longridge. Over in Downham, at the Assheton Arms, the specials menu is changed daily, and this traditional country inn has won a string of awards and is popular with both drinkers and diners. Artisan Ribble Valley is one of the newest gastronomic experiences, offering a food celebration using fantastic mouth-watering produce from local, independent award-winning artisan producers. It is all brought together under one roof, in stylish surroundings at Foxfields Country Hotel. Occupying the original Spinning Block, the new Bar & Grill at Holmes Mill is the latest, and most spectacular, addition to the James’ Places collection of Ribble Valley hotels, bars and restaurants. Most restaurants have a bar of one sort or another. Not many restaurants have a bar like this. It’s big, it’s beautiful, it’s simple, stylish and also superbly well stocked. From morning coffee to aperitifs, cocktails and nightcaps the Bar at the Bar & Grill is worthy of a visit on its own! A great English pub experience is The Aspinall Arms which sits on the banks of the River Ribble overlooking the medieval All Hallows church and the 14th century Great Mitton Hall. Serving classic British cuisine, the menu is wonderfully varied, and dishes are freshly cooked using local ingredients. The Aspinall is a particularly popular spot with walkers, cyclists and families. The Spread Eagle in Sawley is in a picture postcard location with the River Ribble on one side of the building and on the other the remains of the
12th century Cistercian Sawley Abbey. All day the Spread Eagle serves up ‘Lancashire Tapas’ and regional dishes with a twist, as well as their famous afternoon teas or light bites. Dining can be informal in the bar or in one of the intimate dining rooms. Fitzy’s bar and restaurant at the Higher Trapp Hotel has been stylishly refurbished to create a cosy and relaxing environment, oozing with charm. The floor to ceiling windows catch the sun and offer a breathtaking view of the Pendle countryside. Fitzy’s commanding hillside position ensures a stunning view from the outdoor terrace. Another lovely dining experience in a beautiful location is Mr Fred’s at Stanley House Hotel and Spa, which offers classic British food cooked to perfection with stunning views over local countryside. Stanley House’s executive team works meticulously to source produce from some of the best farms, fine food producers, markets, suppliers, wine merchants and breweries across the North. The Garden Kitchen at Holden Clough Nursery offers a different experience again whether you choose their big breakfast or their renowned picnic bench teas which change in themes through the seasons. Another gem for afternoon tea is Mytton Fold, where the menu is inspired by the hotel’s history as a farm. The Freemasons at Wiswell is the multi award winning AA restaurant of the year for 2017/18, which offers a true gastronomic experience in a stylish pub setting. Inspired by Chef/patron Steven Smith, the Freemasons combines country pub, shooting lodge, a slice of gentrified refinement and adds a twist of contemporary creativity and flair to create the perfect setting for a memorable gastronomic experience. To find out more about locally sourced food and drink, visit www. ribblevalleyfoodheaven.com and learn more about our wonderful local suppliers.
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Home Grown for you to take home Ribble Valley is renowned for its food quality, with much of the produce being made here in the heart of the Valley. The suppliers of these artisan products are passionate about creating the best of food and drink, made available on our doorstep. Here in the Valley, there is a great number of independent cheesemakers – each offering a remarkable number of quality cheeses. Set in the unspoilt Chipping countryside, Procter’s Cheeses has been in operation since the 1930s and their small, wax coated cheeses are all made in Ribble Valley, and exported as far away as Australia! Using milk from local farms, Leagram Organic Dairy is yet another fine example of the excellent food providers we have here. Leagram’s extensive range of organic Lancashire cheeses is available to purchase from the cheesemaking site itself in Chipping where a small museum shows some of the implements used in cheese making over the centuries. Just a few miles from Chipping, the village at the heart of Ribble Valley cheese making, you will find Little Town Dairy and Farm Shop. Here, locally sourced yogurt, cream, crème fraîche and ice-cream, are made and
the Little Town Dairy supplies to some of the world’s leading cruise-liners – including P&O. Local meat is available in the adjacent farm shop and home made cakes are sold in the on-site tea room Much of the locally sourced, hand-reared produce from Ribble Valley is also available at the weekly Clitheroe Market, and particularly showcased at the annual Clitheroe Food Festival, an annual celebration of the hard work and commitment that local food and drink suppliers invest into their fantastic produce. During the festival (which is free to enter), the town centre is taken over by an array of culinary stalls – all offering tasteful delights. So, for a true taste of Ribble Valley, come and sample our fabulous local food products. Locally grown and hand-sourced produce is available to buy at many local outlets across Ribble Valley, but the largest is the Bowland Food Hall. a most wonderful showcase for the very best of Lancashire’s food and drink producers. Open seven days a week, this modern temple to gastronomic indulgence provides a platform for local producers to sell their wares in an elegant setting.
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Where to eat… Our special Places to Eat directory lists some of the tasty places to visit. Food is such an important feature of this area that we have created a one-stop shop website full of information about places ideal for tasting, experiencing and purchasing local food.
Just go to www.ribblevalleyfoodheaven.com
Artisan Ribble Valley Whalley Road, Billington, Blackburn, BB7 9HY t: 01254 822556 www.foxfieldshotel.co.uk
Aspinall Arms, Mitton Mitton Rd, Mitton, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9PQ t: 01254 826 555 www.aspinallarmspub.co.uk
Assheton Arms, Downham Downham, nr Clitheroe, BB7 4BJ t: 01200 441227 www.asshetonarms.com
The Atrium Castle Hill, Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 1BA t: 01200 442630 www.castleweddingsandevents.co.uk
Bashall Barn Bashall Town, Clitheroe BB7 3LQ t: 01200 428964 www.bashallbarn.co.uk
The Calf's Head Worston, Clitheroe BB7 1QA t: 01200 441218 www.calfshead.co.uk
Derby Arms, Longridge Chipping Road, Thornley, Longridge PR3 2NB t: 01772 782370 www.derbyarmslongridge.co.uk
Emporium, Clitheroe Moor Lane, Clitheroe BB7 1BE t: 01200 444174 www.theemporiumclitheroe.co.uk
Exchange Coﬀee 24 Wellgate, Clitheroe BB7 2DP t: 01200 442270 www.exchangecoffee.co.uk
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Fitzyâ€™s at the Trapp, Simonstone Simonstone, Trapp Lane, nr Burnley BB12 7QW t: 01282 772781 www.lavenderhotels.co.uk
The Fold, Mytton Fold Hotel Whalley Road, Langho, Blackburn BB6 8AB t: 01254 240662 www.myttonfold.co.uk
Freemasons Arms 8 Vicarage Fold, Wiswell, Clitheroe BB7 9DF t: 01254 822218 www.freemasonsatwiswell.com
Fullaloves The Old Stables, 5 Stanley Street, Longridge PR3 3NJ www.fullaloves.co.uk
Garden Kitchen, Holden Clough Nursery Holden, Bolton-by-Bowland BB7 4PF t: 01200 447447 www.gardenkitchen.co.uk
The Gibbon Bridge Hotel t: 01995 61456 www.gibbon-bridge.co.uk Chipping, Forest of Bowland PR3 2TQ
Greendale View Kitchen Downham Rd, Chatburn, Clitheroe BB7 4DL t: 01200 441517 www.greendaleview.co.uk
Grill on the Hill Stanley House House, Mellor BB2 7NP t: 01254 769200 www.stanleyhouse.co.uk
Holmes Mill Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB t: 01200 401035 www.holmesmill.co.uk
Little Town Farm Shop Chipping Road, Thornley, Longridge PR3 2TB t: 01772 786198 www.littletownfarmshop.co.uk
Mitton Hall Mitton Road, Mitton. Near Whalley BB7 9PQ t: 01254 826 544 www.mittonhallhotel.co.uk
Mr Fred's Bar Stanley House House, Mellor BB2 7NP t: 01254 769200 www.stanleyhouse.co.uk
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Northcote Manor, Langho Northcote Road, Langho, nr Blackburn BB6 8BE t: 01254 240555 www.northcote.com
Potters Barn Church Street, Ribchester, Nr Preston, PR3 3YE www.potters-barn.com
Red Pump, Bashall Clitheroe Road, Bashall Eaves, Clitheroe BB7 3DA t: 01254 826227 www.theredpumpinn.co.uk
Shireburn Arms Whalley Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe BB7 9QJ t: 01254 826678 www.shireburnarmshotel.co.uk
Spinning Block Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB t: 01200 407111 www.holmesmill.co.uk
Spread Eagle, Sawley Sawley, Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH t: 01200 441202 www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk
Stydd Gardens Stoneygate Lane, Ribchester PR3 3YN t: 01254 820120 www.stydd.com
Waddington Arms Clitheroe Road, Waddington, Clitheroe BB7 3HP t: 01200 423262 www.waddingtonarms.co.uk
Waddow Hall Waddington Road, Clitheroe BB7 3LD t: 01200 423186 www.girlguidingactivitycentres.org.uk/waddow
The magical Ribble valley, somewhere between Lancashire and the southernmost edge of the Yorkshire Dales, hides in plain sight as Britain’s ﬁnest jewel for the tourist-who-does-dinner...
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To find out more about locally sourced food and drink, visit www.ribblevalleyfoodheaven.com
At Potters Barn, it’s all about keeping things wholesome, tasty and simple! Located in the beautiful village of Ribchester, we are open 7 days a week.
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Sourcing fair-trade, handcrafted beautiful items for family, friends and your home.
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We are a friendly family run business that has been established for over 50 years, situated on the edge of the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire. We pride ourselves in our highest quality produce home reared Aberdeen Angus Beef, hand-reared on our farm by the family, who go to great lengths to give them a healthy, good nutritional diet and stress free, quality lifestyle, which all helps the end product in flavour and quality. Bowland Lamb, Local Pork and for Christmas, our own free range bronze turkeys. Little Town Dairy yogurts are also made on the premises which are on sale in the farm shop. We bake our own homemade convenience meals and pies using all our own meats, all of which are available in various sizes for those quiet nights in or those family get-togethers, just another way to enjoy our quality produce at ease. Our homemade freshly baked sausage rolls & pork pies are frequently talked of by the locals. Beautifully presented hampers are made to order with all our own and local produce and whilst you wait you can enjoy our tearoom with a full menu of home cooked light meals, family made cakes & traybakes and Walling’s Ice cream alongside luxury hot drinks. We have also recently installed a wood burner into our warm, cosy & rustic pergola; perfect for cyclists, walkers or even just a good old catch up with your friends! Our family working farm is also open to look around for all our customers.
As well as animal feed & bedding, we stock a wide range of wood, coal & Calor gas. Another member of the family have also recently relocated next to us... ‘So Plants Country Plant Store’, they have some fantastic country garden ideas so pop down and have a browse.
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Good beer, good food, a good pub!
ocated beside the ancient babbling brook at the heart of the picture postcard village of Waddington, the Waddington Arms is the hub of this vibrant little community. The ideal start for a multitude of walks - from a gentle countryside amble, to pretty riverside walks or challenging hikes up into the fells to the north of the village. Fabulous food from well thought out menus is served for lunch and dinner seven days a week and we have plenty of events throughout the year too.
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Northcote is an award-winning luxury country house hotel and restaurant nestled in the heart of the picturesque Lancashire countryside. Renowned for its genuine hospitality and refined Michelin-starred cuisine, this elegant hotel is recognised as one of the UK’s leading gastronomic destinations.
The Manor House and Garden Lodge comprises of 26 individually styled bedrooms including an opulent master suite
Elegant & stylish Michelin-starred restaurant
Menus created by Executive Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen
Seasonal 3-course lunch menu inc. coffee - £35.00
Sunday 4-course lunch menu inc. coffee - £47.00 Afternoon Tea available to non-residents Monday to Friday - from £27.00 A la carte, gourmet and tasting menus available Overnight Gourmet Breaks from £260 per room, based on two people sharing
Northcote Road, Langho, Blackburn, Lancashire BB6 8BE Telephone: 01254 240 555
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TOAST THE VALLEY Ribble Valley has long been known for its gastronomic excellence, however, in recent years its reputation for outstanding liquid refreshments has been growing at a pace.
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Home to two major breweries and numerous microbreweries, together with outlets serving an outstanding variety of gins are just some of the claims to fame. Gin festivals and events are commonplace with even a new Gin called Ribble Valley. Ribble Valley is also home to one of the longest bars in Britain, at Holmes Mill. Bowland brewery is based at Holmes Mill and have created Ales of Outstanding Natural Beauty which are brewed just behind the famous Beer Hall – and a dedicated team of artisan brewers craft a collection of cask beers inspired by the outstandingly beautiful landscape of Bowland. Bowland Brewery started life as a microbrewery on the edge of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, making a selection of beers named after the scenery and wildlife of this picturesque corner of Lancashire. Beers like Hen Harrier, Boxer Blonde and Pheasant Plucker have quickly established themselves among local ale aficionados – earning the brewery a string of awards. As the reputation of Bowland Brewery cask and bottled beers spread, increasing demand from further afield required a relocation to larger premises at Holmes Mill, where visitors are welcome to tour the brewery and sample their ales in the fabulous surroundings of the Bowland Beer Hall. Bowland Beer Hall is the brewery’s flagship tasting parlour, a showcase for the finest ales the world has to offer. A place filled with a great character and regular live music. Bowland Beer Hall offers a unique and inviting place to sample an ale or two, grab a bite to eat, and relax with friends. You can meet Elizabeth, the mill’s original engine, sat right in the heart of the beautifully restored space. And enjoy a freshly-pulled beer at one of the longest bars in the UK. With 42 hand pulls and at least 24 new cask ales on the bar every week the hardest decision is which one to choose! Thwaites brewery recently relocated from the centre of Blackburn to begin a new brewing life in a new purpose-built
brewery on a new site at Mellor Brook in Ribble Valley. The company has moved all operations including the brewery, the head office team and the stables for the famous brewers’ dray, to the new home. The purpose-built brewery has the capacity to brew 1.5m pints a year. Initially Thwaites’ five brewers will be brewing Thwaites Best Cask (TBC), Nutty Black and the seasonal range that changes every week. That will expand as the year goes on to also include Thwaites Original and a new core range of beers that is currently in development. Thwaites Director of Pubs and Brewing, Andrew Buchanan, said: “We are delighted to be back to brewing – we’ve been doing it for over 200 years, so it’s a craft we are particularly proud of. He added “The new brewery looks fantastic and it’s just what we need to create our next 200 years of history.”
Ribble Valley Craft Gins is located on Whalley Road, Read and with over 200 varieties, Ribble Valley Craft Gins now has the largest selection of gins to drink in or take away in the Ribble Valley. All the gins are available to order online or take away in either full bottle or 50ml sample bottle. Ribble Valley Craft Gins is a family company, run by father and son, Chris and Jordan. As well as the gin shop, they have two separate bars, a speakeasy style bar to the rear and a quiet bar and seating in the off-licence area.
Amazing wine selections
If wine is your preferred choice of drink, then Ribble Valley is blessed with some outstanding wine bars and wine merchants. Two worth checking out are Fullaloves in Longridge and The Wine Shed at Stydd Gardens, Ribchester. Fullaloves have an extensive wine list, including an array of wine by the glass along with a rotating selection available to
taste. These alter regularly so you can come and try something new. The bar often hosts live music and has a rather tasty selection of snacks and tapas on the menu, creating a welcoming environment to enjoy good wine. The Wine Shed also has an outstanding and wide selection of wines not usually found in the shops and, in addition to the attractive environment of the bar, when the weather is fine you can also sit outside and enjoy wonderful wine in the beautiful surroundings of Stydd gardens. The Wine Shed also arranges wine tasting courses, so be sure to follow them on Facebook to keep up with news about their events.
Tea and Coﬀee option
And for those seeking non-alcoholic options, there are numerous tea rooms and coffee shops to experience across Ribble Valley. One of the best known and most interesting is Exchange Coffee, their Clitheroe shop is situated on Wellgate, a busy little street with a variety of independent retailers. Walk into the shop to be hit with the rich aroma of freshly roasted coffees from around the world, over thirty of them in fact! The shop contains a vast variety of tea and coffee related homewares as well as over sixty different loose teas to take home. Walk through the shop and enter the ground floor of this 3-storey coffee house. Five wooden tables with chairs complement the William Morris wallpapers to give a relaxing feel, with a tempting array of cakes. Wander upstairs to discover another six tables on the middle floor and if you keep going upstairs once again you will find another six on the top floor, by which time you really will have earned your cup of coffee! visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 51
The River Hodder is one of the most peaceful and unspoilt rivers in the north of England. Set within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is a great place to escape the modern world, and enjoy walking, fishing or simply taking in the peaceful scene.
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The River Begins
The river rises on White Hill and flows for approximately twenty three miles to the mighty River Ribble, into which it is the largest tributary. The Hodder begins life high in the fells, 400m above sea level, where it drains much of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and feeds Stocks Reservoir, which provides much of Lancashire’s water supply. Gisburn Forest is also close-by, where there is an excellent network of quiet roads and public paths, with plenty of opportunities for walking and cycling.
After exiting the reservoir, the Hodder continues in a general southward direction to pass through the village of Slaidburn. Since the early 19th century, the village of Slaidburn has remained untouched, and is a serene and peaceful place. Hidden away by the Bowland fells, the village contains many stone cottages, in a blissful location close to the banks of the River Hodder. Here you will find Riverbank Tearooms, with the adjacent
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riverside meadow being great for picnics. Each year Slaidburn plays host to an annual weekend Steam Fair, a fantastic opportunity to step back in time with the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era. The river then winds on to Newton in Bowland, another pretty little Bowland village and home to the Parker’s Arms, a much-acclaimed Inn with a national reputation for its cuisine. The views of Waddington Fell and surrounding hills are of breathtaking quality. John Bright, the Quaker, spent two years of his early life here in the heart of the Hodder Valley. The Friends Meeting House dates right back to 1767. Much of the land hereon along the Hodder Valley is owned by the Crown, as the Queen’s private estate as Duke of Lancaster. In fact, the Queen told her biographer that she and Prince Philip yearn to retire to the area one day.
Bridge – the Village at the official Centre of the Kingdom. There are numerous places that claim to be located at the very centre of the United Kingdom but, according to the Ordnance Survey, the official centre of the Kingdom is just a short walk from this village. Dunsop Bridge is the perfect place for those who love to explore local landmarks and admire the views. Puddleducks is a much-loved local cafe located in this quaint village, offering a delicious menu of homemade English classics. Another local attraction, and open every day for visitors, is St Hubert’s Church, a small but magnificent building which was built to the design of Edward Pugin, from, it is believed, the winnings of the racehorse, Kettledrum, in the Derby 1861. A particular treat through the summer months are the home-made teas served by local volunteers in the village hall.
Newton in Bowland
The next village along the river is Dunsop
Our journey now heads south towards the Inn at Whitewell, still part of the Duchy estate. It was once a small manor house, and the earliest parts
of the property date back to the 1300s when it was home to Walter Urswick, keeper of the King’s Forest of Bowland. Set right above the River Hodder, this 18th-century former coaching inn overlooks open countryside to the fells in the distance. The bar and restaurant, with wood panelling, fireplaces and antique furniture, offers bar meals or more formal dining. In the bedrooms many have fireplaces, exposed beams and Victorian cabinet baths. Some bedrooms have four posters, and many enjoy beautiful riverside views.
The river now winds its way down through the Stonyhurst estate. The author J.R.R. Tolkien frequented this area in the 1940s, whilst his eldest son, John, was studying for the priesthood at Stonyhurst College. Here, it is believed he was inspired by the local landscape to go on to create the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’, in which several local names feature. The river then passes under the iconic Cromwell’s Bridge, a beautiful
structure which dates from 1561, and earned its name after Oliver Cromwell’s 8,000 strong parliamentary army crossed the bridge during his march from Skipton to intercept the Royalists at the Battle of Preston in 1648, where they fought the King’s men. It is believed that in Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings, Brandywine Bridge was based on Cromwell’s Bridge, and it’s very easy to imagine dwarves passing over this lovely old river crossing. The river is now close to the village of Hurst Green, where you will find the Shireburn Arms, a beautiful and dog-friendly country pub, and a great place to stop a while. The river Hodder now joins the River Ribble which then continues seaward towards the city Preston, ending its long journey when it meets the Irish Sea.
Hodder Valley show is an annual celebration of life in the valley. The event has deep roots in this largely agricultural community, but visitors are made most welcome, with an opportunity to enjoy a variety of rural attractions. Hodder Valley Show, which takes place on the second Saturday of September moves location each year between the three valley villages.
An inspirational Landscape Margaret and Jason Merrin moved to Slaidburn from Wigan a few years ago. They had previously been frequent visitors to Bowland, and simply fell in love with the landscape, and the people. They met through their interest in photography and
have now created a company called Bowland Photo. In their photographs, many of which are included in this feature, they capture the spirit of the Hodder valley, and its community. They have also managed to capture unique photos of the
area’s inhabitant population - sheep! Margaret and Jason have kindly agreed to share some of their magical photos in this feature. To see more of their work simply go to www.bowland.photo
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& VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE A unique, inspiring venue well worth visiting – our supportive staff are here to help connect you with the Ribble Valley’s cultural scene, suggest things to do and ensure you have the best experience possible – we look forward to welcoming you.
SHOP We’ve selected the ﬁnest handcrafted goods to create an exclusive but affordable shopping experience – ﬁnd that perfect gift or object to treasure. Some of the UK’s most talented makers under one roof. We can help you arrange a bespoke commission, gift vouchers available from £1, all available to help you start you own craft collection today.
THE MIX Available to hire for all kinds of creative events, there’s always something different happening in “The Mix”. A unique opportunity to meet the creative people behind a wide variety of traditional, modern or cutting edge work in pop up exhibitions & stalls. Opportunities to get creative by joining in an artist led class or hire the space yourself!
VIC Whether you’re enjoying a short stay or longer holiday, our super friendly team are here to help you explore the Ribble Valley – ready for every enquiry, our enhanced knowledge and experience will help you ﬁnd what you need to make your stay extra special. Our VIC shop sells ﬁshing permits, maps, guides, event tickets and special souvenirs, which will ensure you remember your visit.
GALLERY Dedicated to contemporary craft, our vibrant exhibition programme provides insight into craftspeople and their creative processes. From thought provoking touring shows to nationally renowned independent makers we feature the best of British making to inspire and intrigue. Our self-curated exhibitions showcase local and national designers and makers, providing a vital support for the prosperity and survival of small independent art and craft businesses.
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Opening Times Mon - Fri: 10.00 - 17.00 Saturday: 10.00 - 16.30 Sundays:
11.00 - 16.00 in Summer and Dec
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The Art Within At the heart of every thriving community is a hub of creative people that fill the area with a fresh vibrant buzz. Here in the Ribble Valley we have an abundance of independent artists, designers, performers & makers which create its very individual & inspiring cultural scene. A wide variety of venues oﬀer regular arts programmes for you to escape and feel inspired during your visit; theatre, music, dance, film, artist studios, exhibitions, art trails and artisan shops. Nourish your soul by attending one of the many specialised arts events and festivals that are programmed throughout the year. There is no doubt the landscape of the area inspires many artists, of whom many decide to live and work in the Ribble Valley.
What next? Plan ahead by visiting the Ribble Valley Arts website www.rvarts.co.uk to see the full spectrum of artistic talent and activity based in the area. The directory gives you direct access to the creatives in the area allowing you to tailor a very individual experience; •
Soak up the village atmosphere and experience a professional theatre performance in a characterful village hall.
Take in the stunning scenery of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at a quirky outdoor music festival.
Immerse yourself in the world of an artist by visiting them as they work in their studios.
Get creative by organising a craft workshop with an artist based here.
Or plan when you arrive by starting your visit at the Platform Gallery and Visitor Information Centre in Clitheroe. Housed in the town’s old Victorian railway station building, the centre’s team can provide you with inspiration for your cultural itinerary. www.rvarts.co.uk
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The picturesque Bowland village of Chipping has, for generations, been synonymous with a warm and hospitable welcome to visitors and travellers passing through. In early times Chipping hosted two annual fairs where cattle would be sold in the street and, more latterly, sheep fairs were also held. People would come from far and wide to buy and sell, with the village being the focal point for rural trading. More recently, the visitors coming to the village are tourists, seeking the peace and tranquillity of this charming rural village.
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a Thriving village Chipping is well served with amenities, including a popular village hall which hosts a variety of community events, to which visitors are always welcome. There are also a couple of pubs and a tea room, Cobbled Corner, popular with cyclists and walkers. A more recent business arrival is the village farm shop, in which you will find an amazing array of locally produced food and drink, including cheeses, for which Chipping is so well known.
Longest trading shop in England Nowhere has the welcome been more longstanding than the village shop Brabinâ€™s, believed to be the longest continuing trading shop in the country. During its 350-year history it has been a bakers, undertakers, general store and butchers. The shop now provides general provisions but is becoming particularly well known for home baked pies and treats, and as a delightful cafĂŠ part of which includes secluded garden seating. Brabin was a local benefactor, a mill owner, who also built the school and
created a charitable trust for the village. Evidence of Brabinâ€™s influence can be found all around this beautiful village, particularly in its architecture. Another strong characteristic, which you are unable to miss when you visit Chipping, is the abundance of flowers, as the village has had a long association with the Britain in Bloom competition, winning recognition locally and nationally, the evidence of which is all around you when you visit.
From industrial beginnings to pure luxury Chipping was once a small industrial centre, based around the availability of water, which was used to power water wheel mills. Whilst many of the old wheels have gone, the mill ponds have survived, providing attractive features and a reminder of a former age. One example is Wolfen Mill which, with the loving care of owners, has been transformed into a complex of luxury self-catering cottages in
simply beautiful surroundings. Michael and Marie Lawson have further diversified their business and become licensed for small wedding ceremonies. Wolfen Mill Country Retreats comprises ten luxury self-catering holiday cottages, each fully modernised to provide a unique holiday experience and designed to appreciate the historical aspects of this remarkable building.
Chipping Farm Shop
Home of great cheeses Just on the way out of Chipping is the home of one of the local cheese makers, Leagram, who specialise in making organic cheese. Call by early and it is possible to watch cheese being made. Another well known local cheese is Procter’s ‘Kick Ass Cheddar’, which is distributed from the village and exported across the world, such is its well-known flavour.
A Rural Idyll Janet Simpson
It is also possible to get married at one of Chipping’s bestknown tourism businesses, a venue which was borne very much out of the vision of one woman, Janet Simpson. Janet, a farmer’s daughter, started her business career as a market stall holder on Blackburn market but, at an early age, had a much bigger aspiration. Gibbon Bridge grew from Janet’s dream of a tea shop to what it is today – 36 years later – a four-star country hotel with an established reputation for good food and luxury. The hotel is in a stunning location overlooking Longridge Fell, and set within award winning gardens. The décor and design of the hotel provides a delightful backdrop for family parties, events and dinners. Much of the design has been influenced by the owner Janet, who not only has a natural eye for aesthetic beauty, but also for an opportunity, as many of the unique features of the hotel are items of architectural beauty rescued by Janet on her travels around the county. It is the ideal place for lunch, or dinner, and pre booking is advised. Afternoon tea is served on Wednesdays, and there are some fabulous Alfresco Huts available for private dining. Janet and her team’s established reputation for customer service is just one of the reasons guests return time after time and it is the perfect hotel for discovering Chipping and the wider Ribble Valley.
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A rich legacy of events and festivals
Chipping Agricultural Show
From the earliest records, Chipping has been a focal point for events in this very rural area, a meeting place for communities to socialise as well as to do business. And this very much continues to this day, with the village hosting two very important annual events. An Agricultural show provides a showcase for the farming community, where the very best in livestock and produce are on display, along with many other aspects of country life. Visitors are always welcome, with many varied and interesting exhibits around the showground including flowers and vegetables in the horticulture marquee, handicrafts, flower arranging, photography, childrenâ€™s classes, poultry, pigeons and of course, the very popular cheese marquee. Other attractions on the day include the fell race, the very popular dog show, baby show and farmers market.
Chipping Steam Fair
The second major event is of more recent origins, and yet an amazing celebration of a bygone age. In 1997, the old Chipping Village Hall was in desperate need of a replacement and the village had to start fundraising for a new build. A family fun day was organised with lots of different events taking place all around
Other key events Chipping Steam Fair - 25-27 May Chipping Agricultural Show - 26 Aug
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the village including street stalls and a car boot sale. Local lady, Mary Harrison BEM, came up with the idea of gathering together a few classic vehicles owned by some of the locals. In that first year, there were only a handful of exhibitors, such as a sports car, two vintage tractors, a stationary engine, one commercial vehicle and half a dozen old motorbikes. There were a few small stalls to accompany the vehicles such as a toy stall and a blacksmith with his anvil, who offered to marry couples in exchange for a donation towards the village hall fund. Over the years, the event has grown at a phenomenal rate, and has now relocated to the Chipping Showfield. It now attracts thousands of visitors to experience the sights and sounds from the golden age of steam, with hundreds of exhibitors now involved. Moreover, the event has become a complete celebration of the areaâ€™s rural heritage. A very large traditional funfair and numerous attractions make this a fantastic day out, whatever your interest. Both shows are a celebration of country life in this beautiful village, with the backdrop of the fells set within this area of outstanding natural beauty. What better way to spend the day in a community which has a long tradition for making visitors welcome.
Pendle Hill The majestic Pendle Hill towers over East Lancashire and Ribble Valley, its relative isolation on the edge of the Pennines and the Bowland Fells makes it an iconic feature in the landscape. For generations it has been an inspiration to both visitors and local people, one of the most famous being George Fox, the founding father of the Quaker movement, whose vision of God here, in the early 1600s, inspired him to start what is now a worldwide religious movement. Fox wrote: “As we travelled, we came near a very great hill, called Pendle Hill, and I was moved of the Lord to go up to the top of it; which I did with difficulty, it was so very steep and high. When I was come to the top, I saw the
sea bordering upon Lancashire. From the top of this hill the Lord let me see in what places he had a great people to be gathered.” Beneath the hill lie pretty villages which reveal a history of intrigue and witchcraft, spanning 400 years. At that time, the area was regarded by the authorities as a wild and lawless region: ‘fabled for its theft, violence and sexual laxity’, where the church was honoured without much understanding of its doctrines by the common people. Twelve alleged witches, who lived in the area, were charged with the murders of ten people by ‘the use of witchcraft’. All but two were tried at Lancaster Assizes in August 1612, found guilty, and hanged. The
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trials of the Pendle witches are among the most famous trials in English history and allowed the testimonies of children in a court of law for the first time in history, which went on to influence rules of law across the world. Pendle Hill is an exhilarating and fantastic walk. On a clear day, you can see as far as Blackpool Tower and the sea, as well as Wales and two of Yorkshire’s famous three peaks Ingleborough and Whernside. There are several routes to the summit from surrounding villages. Amongst Pendle’s foothills can be found some of Lancashire most beautiful villages, each with its own charm and a rich heritage to discover.
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the surrounding villages
Downham Downham also lies right at the foot of Pendle Hill, in the southern section of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is often hailed as the most beautiful village in Lancashire, with unrivalled views absent of overhead wires, satellite dishes, roadside signage and TV aerials. The manor has been in the Assheton family ownership since 1558 and has passed through a direct line since 1680. One of the best ways to experience village life is to attend the Downham Hall Open Gardens, to be held on 13th & 14th July 2019, when the community come together at a place of great beauty normally hidden from public gaze. One place to call in is the Assheton Arms, Winner of numerous awards. This historic Grade II listed village pub is located in the centre of the conservation area and perfect for a drink with friends or a meal out.
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Chatburn Greendale cafĂŠ, which commands stunning views across the Ribble Valley towards the Yorkshire Dales, also provides homely and outstanding local hospitality. Particularly popular with walkers and cyclists, it is a great place to rest for a while and enjoy a tasty meal. Greendale also has cosy bed and breakfast accommodation, and guests are greeted with the aroma of the home baked organic bread made on the site. Downham has a village car park and visitor information centre, where you will find plenty of ideas for local walks and places to visit.
The village of Chatburn is another tasty surprise, home to the award winning Roy Porterâ€™s butchers as celebrated on BBC Radio 2 by DJ Chris Evans, for its outstanding pork pies whilst, just over the road you will discover the most delicious homemade Ice Cream at Hudsonâ€™s. A popular local business that has been running for over 100 years. Enjoying stunning views across the rest of Bowland, the village has a good variety of events to which visitors are most welcome, including the Big Gig, the Halloween Horror Scarecrow hunt (where people in the village make scary Halloween scarecrows and you have to find them all) and the Christmas light switch on. An attractive amenity area and a riverside walk make Chatburn an attractive place to visit.
Sabden, on the slopes of Pendle Hill, nestles in its own unspoiled valley, a walkers’ paradise crisscrossed by public footpaths. The village, surrounded by farm fields, has a rich textile history. Its climate attracted Richard Cobden, a philanthropist and Anti-Corn Law League leader, who pioneered calico printing in village mills, and whose legacy to Sabden was social improvement and education. In the village, you will find three churches, two pubs, shops, a cafe, small businesses, artists, a bowling green, children’s playground and playing field. Close to Sabden, you will find the Higher Trapp Country House Hotel, nestled in 36 acres of magnificent terraced gardens and panoramic views across the Lancashire countryside. The Higher Trapp offers a warm welcome to visitors whether calling for afternoon tea, dinner or even staying over in one of the luxury bedrooms. Another gem is Cobden holiday cottage, from which Pendle is right on your doorstep, a great base for a walking holiday or for just peace and solitude.
From the namesake of Old Molly’s Well, and later Wise Woman’s Well, Wiswell is a small village at the foot of Wiswell Moor. The first record of Wiswell is in a charter of 1193, in the reign of Richard the First. The village’s most famous resident was the last Abbot of Whalley, John Paslew, who came to a sticky end in 1537 for providing help to participants in the Pilgrimage of Grace, a northern protest against the policies of Henry VIII. Arguably the village’s most noteworthy feature is multiple award-winning restaurant, the Freemason’s Arms. Hidden away in the lanes of Wiswell, this most celebrated Gastropub delivers an immensely stylish dining experience, without compromising on the classic appeal of a humble country pub.
The small village of Worston is another ideal base for walks to Pendle and on to Downham. The Calf’s Head pub is at the centre of this peaceful village and enjoys sweeping views of Pendle Hill from the large and charming garden. Families, walkers and cyclists are welcome at this comfortable inn, complete with a beautiful open fire, and housing 12 characterful en-suite rooms, a perfect relaxed eatery and watering hole for all weathers and seasons. There is also a popular Sunday carvery. For self-catering accommodation Chestnut Cottage offers a very comfortable retreat right in the centre of this idyllic village.
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Ribble Valley hills are alive
sound music with the
Ribble Valley provides the backdrop for a range of musical events each year, covering a wide spectrum of musical genres. From classical to rock, folk to jazz. Music-seekers of all inclinations are sure to find something to take their fancy, as well enjoy an opportunity to experience something new.
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BEAT-HERDER FESTIVAL Since its inauguration in 2006, Beat-Herder Festival in Sawley has grown at exponential rates to include more than 17 areas for live music and 14 bars serving local ales and ciders. Dubbed as Lancashire’s answer to Glastonbury, don’t miss out on the chance to join the rave and “Herd ‘em up” and explore an oasis of creativity at one of the UK’s only independent music festivals.
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CLOUDSPOTTING The award-winning Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival will return to Gisburn Forest in 2019 on June 21-23 – the closest weekend to the Midsummer solstice. revellers can look forward to a full programme of live music and activities.
June 21-23 2019 | www.cloudspotting-festival.co.uk
RIBBLE VALLEY JAZZ & BLUES For those seeking jazz with a touch of blues and soul, Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues offer a calendar of regular gigs, street festivals and outdoor events. Each May, the Annual Jazz Festival celebrates the best in Jazz and is an opportunity to dance and tap along to great music from national and international artists in venues around Clitheroe.
RIBBLE VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL Ribble Valley Music Festival showcases the talents of over 300 national, local, and aspiring young artists each year. Hosting performances at a number of landmark venues across the Ribble Valley including beautiful churches and Whalley Abbey, the programme of events runs from spring until late autumn and all proceeds are donated to support local heritage.
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RIBBLE VALLEY LIVE A music festival for all the family with great bands, great food, amusements for the kids, beers and gins aplenty for the adults!
Ribble Valley Live Music Festival 5th-6th July 2019
THE GRAND Clitheroe’s 1870s-era auditorium is now home to the Grand, a state-of-the-art entertainment venue which offers something for everyone. From music to comedy, theatre to cinema, keep an eye out for upcoming events before they sell out.
Thurs 2 – Mon 6 May 2019 | www.rvjazzandblues.co.uk
CLITHEROE CONCERT SOCIETY
RIBBLE VALLEY SCOOTER RALLY
Hosting seven concerts each year, Clitheroe Concert Society has been bringing chamber music of the highest calibre to the Ribble Valley since 1952. Internationally renowned artists and carefully curated compositions make for a programme that is not to be missed.
A 3-day gathering of like-minded people enjoying live bands, DJ sets and a procession of 500 scooters through the streets of Clitheroe - formally known as Ribble Valley Mod Weekender.
27-29 September 2019 | @RibbleValleyScooterRally on Facebook
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Set in the scenic hamlet of Holden near Bolton-by-Bowland, Holden Clough Nursery is known across the country for growing award-winning hardy plants. Whether it is Perennials, Shrubs, Alpines or maybe something a bit more unusual, we grow everything at Holden Clough Nursery! Our 2018 show successes are evidence of the quality you will discover: •
RHS Tatton Park Flower Show - Gold and Best in Floral Marquee
Southport Flower Show - Gold - a Challenge Trophy for Finest Display of Hardy Plants
Harrogate Autumn Flower Show – Gold
Holden, Bolton-by-Bowland, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 4PF | T: 01200 447615
A CELEBRATION OF GARDENING The Garden Kitchen at Holden Clough Nurseries has become well known for its traditional food with a twist, using the best locally sourced ingredients. So why not start your day with a hearty breakfast, maybe a tasty lunch or try our traditional afternoon tea, our now much celebrated â€˜Afternoon Picnicâ€™.
EXCITING TIMES AHEAD Exciting new changes are being made early in 2019 for us to be able to offer an even better experience, with the creation of much expanded range of plants and garden accessories. A whole new garden experience is being created at Holden Clough, and that includes everything from buying plants, to learning about them and ultimately eating them! To ensure all year-round experience, an extensive new range of undercover display areas including a large new glasshouse has been developed. Attractive new retail and show areas are supplemented with one of our most innovative creations yet, a bespoke classroom and outdoor learning area that hosts innovative garden learning experiences throughout the year. The variety offered in our new seed room is one of the finest in the north of England, whilst our ever-popular Garden kitchen restaurant has expanded to enable visitors to fully appreciate our delightful environment with a new dining terrace. The introduction of a working kitchen garden ensures that fresh, healthy food options are served, and a new delicatessen offers a fantastic range of produce.
Holden Clough offers the ultimate gardening experience for visitors of all ages.
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Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and explore the natural beauty and inspiring rural landscapes, that is Ribble Valley.
Fields of Gold By Claire Fromm
From an adventurous excursion through picturesque fields and towering fells, to a relaxed Sunday stroll along the riverside, Ribble Valley is perfect for those who love to explore the great outdoors, with a variety of diverse walking routes to suit every age and ability. For those who enjoy a more vigorous hike, there is an excellent network of well-maintained public paths to be discovered, each with its own unique charm. For those who prefer a more relaxed, long distance walk, the ‘Ribble Way’ is a 70-mile route, containing the most awe-inspring scenery to enjoy along the way.
Leave the car at home
Why not try one of Ribble Valley’s car-free itineraries and make use of local trails and public transport. The Clitheroe Travel Interchange is located in the centre of the town and allows you to choose different bus routes that will take you to the charming villages of the Ribble Valley. Those who are looking to explore more natural and remote locations can also hop on any of the express buses, to discover all the Ribble Valley’s natural wonder. From here, you could make your way back on foot. This will allow you the perfect opportunity to take in the stunning surroundings and make the most of the natural splendour that Ribble Valley has to offer.
In the foosteps of a legend
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Tolkien Trail. The Tolkien Trail is a 9km walk, which takes you through magnificent wooded landscapes and countryside. The walk starts and finishes at the Shireburn Arms pub, where you can expect a very warm welcome on collecting your walking guide, and a delicious meal awaiting you when you arrive back from this unforgettable walk. Follow in the footsteps of the legendary author JRR Tolkien, as you view Stonyhurst College in all its glory, a landmark location which JRR Tolkien frequently visited during the Second World War. It is believed that the stunning views inspired The Shire and Misty Mountains of Middle Earth in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit books. This is truly a ‘must visit’ trail for any visitor in the Ribble Valley, especially ones who are dedicated fans of the Lord of the Rings.
A legacy of walking
Ribble Valley has a strong tradition associated to walking, and this year Clitheroe Ramblers mark their 50th anniversary. To mark this special occasion, there will be Golden Walks taking place throughout the year, where leaders select a walk with a specific theme. This may be access to special countryside, an opportunity to view interesting wildlife or fauna, or an insight into the history of our area through walking old routes, passing old settlements or industrial archaeology. The walks are of varying lengths and on different days of the week.
In addition, an old favourite long distance walk, 50k in length, has been revived. It passes through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Ribble and Hodder valleys. Route guidance in hard copy will be available from Whalley Warm and Dry walking shop from Easter, or downloadable from their website. The walk is best followed as three, approximately ten mile day walks. Certificates of completion will be available back at the shop. www. whalleyoutdoor.co.uk For the full walks programme go to www.clitheroeramblers.co.uk - visitors are always welcome.
Walking in ultimate comfort
With so many different adventurous walks to experience, you will want to look and feel the part. Make sure to visit ‘Whalley Warm & Dry’ providing the very best quality outdoor clothing and footwear. Here you will find outstanding customer service and expert advice, from a team who fully understand the importance of comfortable and supportive footwear, and its impact on the enjoyment of your walk, ensuring you leave with exactly what you need for your Ribble Valley adventures.
Near Bowland Knotts By Rebecca Pridmore
in Ribble Valley Another great new feature arriving in 2019 is the Ribble Valleys â€œWalks with Tasteâ€?, where we have specifically designed the perfect routes for the whole family to enjoy a sensational tour, while indulging in a hearty meal at the end. The perfect location to begin is at The Spread Eagle Inn, which hosts a lengthy 10km walk. Full of panoramic views of the Ribble Valley, this offers a rewarding hike to the summit of Beacon Hill, taking in the remarkable and untouched beauty of the Ribble Valley via ancient drovers tracks before returning to the Spread Eagle for a well-deserved drink, and appetizing homecooked meal.
Visit www.visitribblevalley.co.uk where you will find a range of downloadable walks.
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Red Pump Inn, Bashall Eaves
BB7 3DA / 01254 826227 www.theredpumpinn.co.uk Set amid the magnificent beauty of the Forest of Bowland, take to the woodland paths and explore the stunning moorland countryside, before returning to the Red Pump Inn for some quality food.
Derby Arms, Chipping Road, Longridge PR3 2NB |Â 01772 782370 www.derbyarmslongridge.co.uk Circular walks available, ideal base for exploring Longridge Fell before returning to great food and open log fires.
Aspinall Arms near Mitton
BB7 9PQ | 01254 826555 www.brunningandprice.co.uk/aspinallarms/ Situated on the banks of the River Ribble, this circular walk, shaped by digital walking guide app iFootpath, is guaranteed to work up a thirst and a hunger, all of which can be eased in the cosy Aspinall Arms to complete your journey.
The Shireburn Arms, Hurst Green BB7 9QJ | 01254 826678 www.shireburnarmshotel.co.uk Home to the Tolkien Trail, collect your copy of the trail route at the Shireburn Arms. From here, take an adventure down the enchanted tracks, which were often walked on by famous author J.R.R Tolkien.
Watch out for Walks with Taste
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Welcome To All
The Champion Bowland Tramper is an allterrain electric buggy, designed to enable people with walking difficulties to join their friends and family on their adventures around Gisburn Forest. Pre booking advisable at the Hub Café 01200 446387.
RIBBLE VALLEY by foot
Here are just a few great walking related ideas. For more ideas go to www.visitribblevalley.co.uk
The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Calf’s Head, Worston
BB7 1QA | 01200 441218 www.calfshead.co.uk Perfect centre for exploring Pendle Hill, Circular walks available. Open all day for great food.
Whalley Warm & Dry
BB7 9SN / 01254 822220 www.whalleyoutdoor.co.uk No walking enthusiast has experienced the best of walking in the Ribble Valley without a visit to Whalley Warm & Dry. This specialist outdoor footwear store will ensure all walkers have the best customised fitting boots possible.
BB7 4NH | 01200 441202 www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk Visit The Spread Eagle and collect your Wainwrights Walking Guide, before heading out and discovering the beauty that Ribble Valley has to offer.
Assheton Arms, Downham BB7 4BJ | 01200 441227 www.asshetonarms.com Starting in Downham, one of the Ribble Valley’s quaintest villages, collect your walking leaflet and begin your outdoor adventure.
Higher Trapp, Simonstone
BB12 7QW | 01282 772781 www.lavenderhotels.co.uk/Higher-Trapp A good location for exploring the beautiful countryside around Sabden and the south of Pendle. Circular walks available and group accommodation for walking parties.
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MULTI-AWARD WINNING RETAILER BOOT FITTING SPECIALIST ituated in the picturesque village of Whalley, award winning, family-run outdoor shop Whalley Warm & Dry attracts customers from across the country to visit. Their hand-picked high-quality brands and unrivalled customer service are reflected in their tally of fourteen national awards which include ‘Best Independent Outdoor Footwear Retailer’ at the Footwear Industry Awards and the award for ‘Retail Experience’ at the Lancashire Tourism Awards.
Discover the delight of walking in boots that feel like they were made just for you. Whalley Warm & Dry not only provide an award-winning, free Specialist Boot Fitting Service but they customise the footwear for free too. Wearing footwear that is the right size, width, volume, shape and customised to match the contours of your feet provides you with an unparalleled level of comfort. Happy feet = happy walker! Whalley Warm & Dry remove the guesswork from buying walking footwear – specially trained fitters take ten detailed measurements to identify your foot length, volume and size, followed by analysis on the Podoscope to ascertain foot arch, height and pressure
I simply cannot rate Whalley Warm and Dry highly enough, or quite put into words just how excellent their service is. If you have any issues with your feet, however slight or signiﬁcant, and struggle to get boots to ﬁt comfortably then, however many miles away you live, a journey here will be thoroughly worthwhile, I assure you: Personal service like no other, friendly and very knowledgeable staﬀ, nothing too much trouble, absolutely no pressure selling whatsoever and everything measured, shaped and tailored exactly to your own needs. Fantastic.
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distribution, before recommending the right footwear and supportive insoles for your foot shape and chosen activity. With walking boots available in 5 width fittings from extra narrow to extra wide plus half sizes, this gives Whalley Warm & Dry over 170 fitting options. Once you have chosen your footwear, Whalley Warm & Dry can use specialist machinery to gently steam and stretch them for a custom fit.
If you would like happy feet on your next walk, all you have to do is call 01254 822 220 to book your Specialist Boot Fitting appointment.
THE PÁRAMO CLOTHING SPECIALIST Whalley Warm & Dry can help to keep you warm and dry even in the most hostile of conditions with their range of Páramo outdoor clothing. As a Páramo Premier Retailer, they have a wide range of Páramo waterproof jackets, waterproof trousers, mid-layers, reversible base-layers, summer shirts and accessories available in store. Páramo is a British company who ethically manufacture award winning outdoor clothing. Páramo combines ingenious, rigorously fieldtested designs with innovative textile systems which are specified and tested by Nikwax. Which? magazine asked consumers to rate their outdoor gear. Results based on over 2,300 responses rated waterproof jackets brands for Water Resistance, Breathability, Comfort, Durability, Fit and Warmth. Páramo achieved an overall score of 93%, ahead of all other brands surveyed. Knowledgeable staff at Whalley Warm & Dry are more than happy to take the time to answer any questions you may have about any of the products or specialist services they provide, so why not pop in and see how they can help you to enjoy the great outdoors even more!
BOOK YOUR BOOT FITTING APPOINTMENT NOW
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The Dog Friendly Valley
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Ribble Valley is host to some of the best country pubs in Lancashire, and a nice warm meal and cold beverage is nothing without man’s best friend. That’s why many of the award-winning pubs not only provide areas for dogs to accompany their owners, but some also offer canine delights, allowing both to dine on excellent local delicacies, while resting their tired feet (and paws!). After an invigorating walk in the fresh air and viewing the breath-taking countryside, there is no better way to spend your time than in one of the many dog-friendly Ribble Valley pubs. Many of the dog-friendly pubs in Ribble Valley are known for their homely atmosphere, with open fires, friendly demeanour, and traditional home cooked meals, making it the perfect day out for every family member, big and small! Some even have their very own specially designed dog menu, offering a huge three course
meal. This, along with their canine drink offers, and dog friendly bedrooms, make them ideal locations for the whole family to enjoy a stay. If you want your much loved pet to take time out with canine buddies, there are a range of doggy day care facilities in Ribble Valley, where they will enjoy long walks or in bad weather play indoors in a dog barn. Each month, the Aspinall Arms hosts a monthly inclusive pub walk, where dog owners are encouraged to enjoy a fun-filled day of exploring the beautiful Ribble Valley countryside with their beloved pets, whilst being able to meet other dog owners and their dog companions too! What better way to enjoy a perfect day of exploring the wonderful Ribble Valley. Many of the popular walking routes start and finish at one of the quaint village inns, where you can always expect the warmest of welcomes, a roaring log fire, refreshing drink and a delightful home cooked meal.
Walking and walkies friendly •
Holmes Mill Beer Hall
Bramley Farm Holiday Cottage
Chestnut Holiday Cottage Worston
Cobden View Bed and Breakfast
Cross Lane Caravan Park
Foxfields Country Hotel
Fullaloves Wine Bar
Greendale View Kitchen
Harrop Fold Holiday Cottages
Higher Trapp Hotel
Hobbit Hill Glamping and self-catering
Inn at Whitewell
Little Town Tea Rooms and Shop
Potter's Barn Cafe
Red Pump Inn
Shireburne Holiday Caravan Park
Stone Mouse Holiday Cottage
The Spread Eagle
Wigwam Holidays Ribble Valley
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STYDD GARDENS - SIMPLY ENCHANTING -
Tucked away in a beautiful little corner of Ribble Valley you will ďŹ nd Stydd Gardens, a simply enchanting place situated close to the ancient Roman village of Ribchester. Set amidst beautiful gardens you will ďŹ nd a collection of creative and imaginative businesses run by enthusiastic and passionate people. Stydd Gardens is a real garden nursery, where most of the plants are grown on site and it specialises in old fashioned roses. A delightful cafe where you can enjoy beautiful food whilst relaxing amongst climbing grape vines, jasmine, old roses and shabby chic items, a separate coffee shop and tea room and an innovative and bespoke wine company offers to quench and titillate your thirst!
Maison De Lamond
The Café at Stydd
Annie Sloan painted furniture, antiques, vintage ﬁnds and up cycled special items. Beautiful cushions, pictures and mirrors from bygone eras. We ﬁnd antiques with character and furniture with soul and vintage trinkets that you will love to re-home.
Welcome to Rosie Duck, the coffee - cake - lifestyle shed shop! We offer a place to enjoy a selection of tasty beverages and delicious homemade cakes, you can also order celebration cakes here and browse a selection of home-ware products.
The Cafe at Stydd is set in our enchanting Mediterranean glass covered greenhouse. Breakfast to 12.00 and Lunch served until 16.30 all made from the ﬁnest local ingredients. The surroundings provide a simply delightful place to meet and eat.
The Bee Garden
The Wine Shed
At the Bee Garden you will ﬁnd a carefully selected range of bee-friendly plants and a myriad of bee-and garden-related products and gifts, many of them unique, all of them exquisite. The Bee Garden is owned and run by author and plants woman Maureen Little, who has a lifetime of horticultural experience, and several books on gardening, under her belt.
Satisfy your thirst for quality wine and wine knowledge at The Wine Shed, a premium wine retailer and bar offering wines from around the world. With a unique collection of organic and rare wines to experience, you can purchase to take home, or enjoy with our delicious antipasti menu in cosy surroundings. We also run regular tastings and courses in our bespoke Wine School.
Jewellery outlet set in the beautiful Stydd Gardens. Jewellery as quirky and unique as our surroundings. We seek out ethically made, unique pieces from a range of bespoke designers not found on the high street. Our pieces largely reﬂect the nature of our surroundings and are created from a wide range of semi-precious metals and stones.
OPEN EVERY DAY
STONEYGATE LANE, RIBCHESTER, PR3 3YN | WWW.STYDD.COM | 01254 820120
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FAMILY TRIALS A fun day out for all the family! Love the outdoors, keeping active and laughing a long the way? This could be just the day out for you... Inch Perfect Trials; situated on top of the Whitewell hills with breathtaking views at 360 degrees, offers a day out that will excite, exhilarate and leave memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you’d like to spend quality time with the kids on an experience day together or you fancy some breathing space while they’re out having fun on a children’s two hour Trials course, then they have the answer, and you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands with a 5* rating on Trip advisor and winners of the Lancashire Tourism award for excellence in customer experience 2017. A Motorcycle Trials experience requires no previous experience on a motorbike, let their expert instructors teach you from the beginning, if you’ve ridden a push bike before, then the balance and coordination will help... they have a range of bikes available to hire on an experience day from Electric Oset Bikes suitable for 7 year olds, up to full size Electric Trial Bikes for those who aren’t familiar with a clutch, and for the adrenaline junkies who fancy a petrol engine between their legs, well you’ve got the choice of a 4 stroke from Montesa Honda or 2 stroke power from Beta, all brand new Bikes that get renewed every 6 months at this state of the art facility. From wide open fields to enchanting woodland, these are just a couple of features you should expect to find whilst cruising around this 100 acre playground. Inch Perfect Trials operate 12 months of the year and days out for all levels of experience are easily bookable online, check out their website for dates, info and videos and get involved in the great outdoors with a difference.
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UPS & DOWNS Enjoy the Ribble Valley countryside on an unforgettable, exhilarating mountain bike adventure. Many mountain bike enthusiasts will be happy to know that the Ribble Valley is host to a collection of off-road routes to enjoy. The most popular ‘break-points’ for keen off-road fans is Gisburn Forest, populated by many purpose-built offroad trails, all designed to get your adrenaline levels pumping and to give an experience you’ll never forget. In Gisburn Forest there are two types of trail to take, each with a grading system. The first is Bottoms Beck, a moderate blue trail which is 9.5km and hosts a suitable trail for novices and younger riders. Following an old rail line beside Bottoms Beck, this is a great start for beginners to get into this extreme sport. Secondly, with its blue single-track, swooping down from the top of Cocklet Hill, weaving through Park Wood, the natural wonder of the forest may be enjoyed. The more intense and harsher trail, ‘The 8’, named so for its figure of eight route, offers a Red graded experience, which is not for the faint of heart, and should only be attempted by experienced mountain bikers. This trail offers highlights such as the volunteer-built trail of Home Baked, the intense Whelp Stone Crag, and the roller coaster ride of Hully Gully, all thrilling and challenging in their own ways. On The 8, there are Black optional routes on the trail that are designed for experts and should not be taken lightly, as the route offers great difficulty and challenge. If you have never tried off-road biking, why not stop by the Gisburn Forest Hub, and hire a bike, from as little as £14, and take advantage of the ‘Skills Loop’, an outdoor practice trail that prepares you for an entertaining day out on the forest tracks. After a long day of cycling, stop at Gisburn Forest Hub Café, to treat yourself to a variety of light bites and snacks, to energize yourself after an invigorating day of mountain biking. For something a little more relaxing, visit the idyllic fells of Bowland and discover the magnificent views and absolute tranquillity that the cycle routes have to offer. In addition, there are a vast number of walking trails to explore whilst visiting Gisburn Forest, with plenty of scenic and natural beauty to admire, so why not begin your adventure now. For ultimate Mountain Biking www.gisburnbiketrails.com
ACCESS FOR ALL
The Ribble Valley whilst breathtakingly beautiful, can sometimes be unforgiving for people with walking impairments. However, at Gisburn Forest, they want to extend accessibility to as many people as possible enabling them to enjoy the stunning views for themselves, that’s where the ‘Tramper’ comes in. The Tramper is a specially designed all-terrain electric buggy, which can be used off road and even on rough ground, mud and grass. Available at Gisburn Forest Hub, the Tramper can be hired for a small donation and from here you will able to begin your adventure into the awe-inspiring landscapes. With the help of the Tramper, everyone in the family, from the youngest to the oldest, can traverse through the scenic, enchanting Gisburn Forest and explore and enjoy the countryside together. visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 83
100 acres of spectacular land in the heart of the ribble valley! just 5 minutes from the Inn at Whitewell
WWW.INCHPERFECTTRIALS.CO.UK or call 01200 448 130
A GREAT DAY OUT FOR ALL THE FAMILY
MAKE MEMORIES THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME!
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Filled with adventure, fun and delight, Ribble Valley is the perfect place to create those special family memories to cherish for an entire lifetime. Explore an enchanted forest, paddle through a golden stream, or even visit a historical landmark, you will be spoilt for choice with the countless number of family activities available for you to enjoy. Here are our top ten suggestions
TEN GREAT FAMILY IDEAS
Art in the park
Follow the Sculpture Trail in the historic Brungerley Park Clitheroe. This beautiful riverside park hosts a fascinating sculpture trail which children love to discover as you walk through the park and woodlands. Collect your trail guide form the Platform Gallery Clitheroe, next to the station. Location - Brungerley Park, Waddington Rd, Clitheroe BB7 2HN
Party adventure Outdoor Elements offer a great choice of birthday parties for ages 5+. Set in a beautiful woodland environment, there is a selection of existing outdoor activity children’s party packages to choose from. Activities include climbing trees, leap of faith, zip line, crate stack challenge, Jacob’s ladder, archery, survival skills, orienteering, den building and welly walks. For more information go to www.outdoorelements.co.uk. Location - Outdoor Elements: Pump House Dean Wood, Trapp Lane, Simonstone BB12 7JD
Picnic Time There are plenty of places in Ribble Valley where you can take your own picnic and just enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside, here are just a few ideas: • Jeﬀrey Hill - Stunning • Spring Wood near Whalley, viewpoint on a clear day a lovely sheltered picnic area • Slaidburn Village - a beautiful riverside with woodland walks location, great for a paddle and splash • Nick O’ Pendle Hill small roadside • Trough of Bowland - truly up in the parking areas with places to picnic hills, where you will be able to find a and simply stunning views hideaways place by a moorland stream Visit visitribblevalley.co.uk to find out more
CREATIVE FUN There are so many special places in Ribble Valley for families to discover, some of which offer unique ‘hands on’ experiences to learn new crafts and skills.
‘Be a Garden Maker’ at Coars Farm, Wigglesworth is a wonderful haven for families, having recently been transformed by owner and garden expert Nikki Brown, who is now welcoming visitors from far and wide. The focal point is the Nectar café which showcases a selection of locally produced art and craftwork, reflecting her creative interests. Nikki and local artists offer a year-round programme of courses too, including watercolour, wire sculpting, stone-carving, willow weaving and ceramics. Nikki said ‘I am particularly keen to provide opportunities for young people to be creative, as well as 86 | visitribblevalley.co.uk
encourage wider appreciation of art and crafts by promoting things made in the locality’. There are courses for beginners who want to learn new skills, as well as those for people who may be more familiar with a particular craft but wish to learn more. Children are particularly welcome at ‘Be a Garden Maker’, where courses for young people range from building bee hotels to biscuit decorating. Children of all ages can enjoy activities including planting fun, make and take art or seasonal treasure hunts. Best of all are those opportunities where families can participate together, so for more information about arts and crafts courses at ‘Be a Garden Maker’ go to: www.beagardenmaker. co.uk or call 01729 840848 Be a Garden Maker, Coars Farm, Wigglesworth, and Skipton. BD23 4SN
Step back in time Ribchester Roman Museum
A view from the top Clitheroe Castle must be one of the most loved vantage points in Lancashire with spectacular 360-degree views including Pendle Hill, the Forest of Bowland, and even across to Yorkshire. A visit to the castle is free, but there is also a museum which, for a small entry fee, will reveal the fascinating heritage of the area. Treasure hunts and oral history recordings for younger children can also be enjoyed as they make their way through the museum. Clitheroe Castle with its beautifully historic grounds, is the perfect place to explore with the family and adventure through time. Keep an eye of the castle diary too as they have many events and family activities throughout the year. Location - Castle Hill, Castle Street, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 1BA
Take a trip back in time at Lancashire’s only specialist museum, Ribchester Roman Museum. Here you will find a collection of Roman artefacts, unrivalled anywhere else in Lancashire. The Museum is home to many of the finds from the Roman for Bremetennacum Veteranorum – some parts of which have been exposed by excavation. You will also find a 3D interactive visualisation of the fort and settlement. There are also plenty of other Roman remains to discover around the village. Location - Ribchester PR3 3XS
Family Lunch! Ribble Valley is famed for its food with many of the pubs and restaurants providing a special welcome to family groups. What better than to enjoy a family walk in the spectacular countryside, followed by a delicious lunch or tea? One example is the Aspinall Arms where the riverside location provides space for children to play and adults to soak in the beautiful countryside views over a hearty meal. This is but one example of Ribble Valley’s great family dining establishments, to find out more go to www.ribblevalleyfoodheaven.com
Ducks at Dunsop Bridge Dunsop Bridge is a great place to visit, with its scenic riverside location. Well known for its wild ducks and its popular café, aptly named Puddleducks. Dunsop Bridge is a great place to unwind in a traditional Bowland Village, a place famed for being at the official centre of the United Kingdom. Location - Dunsop Bridge BB7 3BB
Mrs Dowson's is a family run dairy farm that is open to the public each weekend from March 2019, as well as during school and bank holidays, until autumn. Every day is different on a farm and so the activities change with the seasons, the weather and the needs of the animal. Lambing time is one of the most popular times but check out the website to find the latest news before you visit. The café has Mrs Dowson’s famous homemade ice cream and there is also a safe play area for children. Location - Hawkshaw Farm, Longsight Road, Clayton-le-Dale,BB2 7JA
All year round, Gisburn Forest offers different experiences for different people. Explore on foot, on horseback, by bike. Find popular trails and quiet glades. Gisburn Forest offers fantastic mountain biking with beautiful views with bikes to hire and there is even a tramper available. Start your visit by calling into Gisburn Forest Hub, where you are assured a warm welcome at the café and information point. From here your discovery will begin. Location - Gisburn Forest, Slaidburn Clitheroe BB7 4TS
Another great hub for families is Potters Barn, Ribchester, a café and pottery craft workshop that has been established for seven years, and is open seven days a week, welcoming muddy boots, wet paws and folk on two wheels! A visit to Potters Barn is a positively cosy experience. It has a menu that caters for all tastes including gluten and dairy free diets, and they have a particularly good range of vegetarian meals. There is a huge garden with a den for those summer days and a pottery painting cafe that hosts daily painting, parties and workshops in the holidays. Potters Barn has gone from strength to strength since opening, winning the best Lancashire tearoom award in 2017. Owner Charlotte Hutton comes from a
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marketing background which helps her to continually come up with new ideas. She said ‘Not being on a high street and in a rural location you have to create an attraction and I believe I have done that with Potters Barn, with all the different craft activities taking place, plus acoustic evenings and even prosecco nights. Charlotte added ‘the cafe is colourful, cosy and friendly. I love my job for meeting people, cooking and being creative. I have made a lot of friends in this job and hope I continue to do so for many years to come’ You are sure to receive a warm welcome at both ‘Potters Barn’ and ‘Be a garden Maker’ where you are guaranteed engaging activities, plenty of fun and thoroughly delicious food. visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 87
WADDOW HALL - CLITHEROE
Set in 180 acres of stunning countryside in the heart of rural Lancashire, Waddow Hall boasts picturesque views over the River Ribble. We offer leisure breaks, adventurous activities, wedding and conference facilities, family fun days and bespoke events in beautiful surroundings. Our friendly team works with you to plan a memorable event - whether that’s an unusual space for a meeting or a rural retreat with a difference.
Adventure and the great outdoors There’s so much to do at Waddow Hall - from climbing and abseiling to canoeing and archery. We offer an exciting range of adventurous activities and team-building games for groups. We have activities to suit all ages and abilities, whether you’d like to try something for the very first time or you’re looking to sharpen your skills. We cater for all sizes of groups, from the very large to the very small. If you are organising an event, camp or activity day please contact our team who will be more than willing to help you plan your visit. Our activity team are highly experienced and qualified and will aim to get the best out of your group in a fun but safe way.
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When you’ve finished zipwiring, caving or kayaking on the river, we offer a warm and inviting space for rest and relaxation. Waddow Hall has a selection of Georgian and Victorian reception rooms with stunning views over the river and Clitheroe Castle. Our function room can accommodate up to 100 guests, whilst the dining room can seat 60 people. For a more intimate dining experience you can opt for our comfy Staffordshire lounge which seats up to 30 and has a beautiful open fire.
Clitheroe takes its status as the food capital of Lancashire very seriously – and here at Waddow Hall we do the same! Our delicious home-cooked food is renowned. Come and enjoy our formal dining menu, sample our sumptuous afternoon tea or dip into our hot and cold buffets. We can offer catering for all occasions, whether you’re planning a wedding, birthday celebration, children’s party or family meal. Specific dietary requirements? No problem. Just let us know at the time of booking and we can cater for your request.
Looking to stay overnight? Guests can opt to stay fully catered in the classic surroundings of the 17th-Century manor house, choose from our range of catered or self-catered lodges and cottages, or get back to nature at one of our five fully-equipped campsites or the tented village. We also run themed breaks and seasonal family events throughout the year for those who want to relax and have fun in the glorious Lancashire countryside.
Venue for training and corporate events Waddow Hall enjoys excellent training and conference facilities, offering four conference rooms with a choice of layouts including classroom, boardroom and theatre style. Throw in our on-site activities, accommodation and catering options and we really can provide a team away day with a difference.
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Fascinating HERITAGE A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ribble Valley is infused with a wonderfully rich heritage. From early Roman settlements, to more recent sites of Victorian industry, the boroughâ€™s landscape reveals glimpses of almost every period of British history. While statues and abbeys remain standing from centuries gone by, more recently constructed museums and trails bring the past back to life via informative signage and interactive displays. Get exploring!
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Set on a limestone crag, Clitheroe Castle is a mustvisit landmark whose keep offers scenic views over the whole of the Ribble Valley. Yet the castle owes its esteem to much more than this; its interactive museum, for example, takes you on a journey through 350 million years’ worth of history and geology, all based on Clitheroe and the surrounding area. Location: Castle Street, Clitheroe, BB7 1BA Website: www.lancashire.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/ museums/clitheroe-castle-museum Tel: 01200 424 568
A stone’s throw from Clitheroe Castle, you will find the former textile mill Holmes Mill. Since its establishment in 1823, Holmes Mill has been developed into a secondto-none leisure venue. Surrounded by gorgeous décor and original Victorian-style features, including a large mill engine, visitors can explore everything the mill has to offer—from a food court and hotel, to a beer hall housing what is said to be one of the longest bars in Britain. Location: Clitheroe, BB7 1EB Website: www.holmesmill.co.uk Tel: 01200 407120
Open daily, free to visit and with ample parking— Whalley Abbey is the ideal location for walking and delving into the past of Whalley village. Set in lush woodlands beside the River Calder, the abbey takes you back in time to its founding era of the 14th century. Location: The Sands, Whalley, BB7 9SS Website: www.whalleyabbey.org Tel: 01254 828 400
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Slightly smaller but equally as exciting as its Whalleybased counterpart, Sawley Abbey lies 8 miles away along the banks of the River Ribble. Here you can explore the remains of a Cistercian Abbey that was founded in 1148 and preserved over the centuries following Henry VIIIâ€™s dissolution of the monasteries. Location: Sawley, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 4NH Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/ sawley-abbey
RIBCHESTER ROMAN MUSEUM
Fancy learning about Roman life? Situated on the north bank of the River Ribble, Ribchester Roman Museum is the place to visit. First opened to the public in 1914, the museum was built on the remains of a Roman fort in the picturesque village of Ribchester. Since then, it has held an annual re-enactment of the Celtic way of life prior to Roman occupation. Think clothing, cuisine, weaponry and more! The museum is open each day of the week, with very affordable admission. Location: Riverside PR3 3XS Website: www.ribchesterromanmuseum.org Tel: 01254 878261
LONGRIDGE HERITAGE CENTRE
Longridge Heritage Centre is a public information centre where visitors can browse through local photographs and use touch screen facilities to explore archives containing a wealth of information on the history of the Ribble Valley. As well as holding heritage talks throughout the year, the centre is host to a variety of regularly-changing exhibitions on the historical town of Longridge and beyond. Public visiting times are on weekdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Location: The Old Station, Berry Lane, Longridge PR3 3JP Website: www.lhctrust.org.uk Tel: 01772 437958
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Location: Clitheroe Road, Cow Ark, BB7 3DE Website: www.browsholme.com Tel: 01254 827160
Dominating the Ribble Valley skyline, Pendle Hill is a nationallyrenowned landmark with a captivating history. It originally came to fame during the 17th century Pendle witch trials and was even visited by George Fox, the founder of the Quakers. Thus, the hill doesnâ€™t only offer panoramic views over a stunning landscape, but also has a unique atmosphere that can only pertain to somewhere of such historical singularity.
Did you know that Browsholme Hall is the oldest family home in Lancashire? Dating back 14 generations, the privately-owned Elizabethan home offers guided tours of its magnificent interior and external architecture. From May to September, the public can visit every Wednesday from 11:30am to 4:00pm, with guided tours taking place at hourly intervals in the afternoon. Over the Christmas period, guests can discover how beautifully the house has been decorated for the festive season.
Founded in 1593, Stonyhurst College attracts visitors from far and wide. Its breathtaking grounds and magical interior make it the perfect location for taking a step back in time. Interestingly, the independent school even served as a place of literary inspiration for the author JRR Tolkien. A further reason to visit Stonyhurst is for its Old Chapel Museum, which exhibits treasured artefacts pertaining to the likes of Shakespeare and more! Open to the public, the museum is accessible on selected dates throughout the academic year from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Location: Clitheroe, BB7 9PT Website: www.stonyhurst.ac.uk Tel: 01254 826345
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Ribchester Roman Museum Ribchester Roman Museum, Riverside, Ribchester, Preston PR3 3XS. T: 01254 878261 | E: email@example.com | W: www.ribchesterromanmuseum.org Ribchester Roman Museum is located on the north bank of the River Ribble a few miles upstream of Preston. It is situated in the middle of what used to be the Roman fort at Ribchester, a Roman cavalry base and command centre for the whole of the surrounding region. The Romans arrived in Ribchester around AD 70 and remained for almost 300 years during which time a civilian settlement called a vicus grew up around the fort. The squadron of cavalry stationed at Bremetennacum Veteranorum, the Roman name for Ribchester, was made up of auxiliaries from the provinces of the Roman Empire. The original garrison comprised Asturians from Spain but were eventually replaced in the late 2nd century by a unit from the region that is now modern Hungary. They were Sarmatians and famed for their horse riding skills. The Sarmatians are also interesting because of their links with the myths and legends of King Arthur. Roman Ribchester is brought to life by dramatic displays, which contain a life size cavalryman, Roman legionary and exciting interactive exhibits. Columns have been erected for the
first time in 2000 years and there are wonderful objects, including weaponry, jewellery and leatherwork alongside favourites like the replica of the Ribchester Parade Helmet and impressive sculpture of a cavalryman riding down his Celtic adversary. Visitors to the museum can see the granaries that were used for storing large volumes of wheat and other foodstuffs. Part of the defensive ditch that was dug around the fort can be seen in the field opposite the west gate of the fort and there are also remains of the Roman baths behind the primary school. The impressive columns that hold up the White Bull pub in the centre of the village are genuine Roman artefacts.
The museum also delves into Ribchester and the Ribble Valleyâ€™s pre historic past and contains wonderful objects like the amazingly well preserved Bronze Age sword, Iron Age brooches and carvings. The museum, which was officially opened in September 1915, hosts events throughout the year. Details can be found on our website. Ribchester Roman Festival: 13th & 14th July 2019 Open all year round: Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00 Sat-Sun 12.00 - 17.00
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Ribble Valley is fast becoming one of the most desirable destinations in the north of England to get married. It not only boasts a range of stunning wedding venues, but also a unique blend of the essential ingredients necessary to make each event both individual and successful. This includes a wealth of supporting accommodation and a wide variety of creative services, including unique suppliers, from florists and designers, to musicians and party makers - not to mention the essential photographers, cake bakers and decorators. There is an exquisite venues range from places steeped in historic splendour, including manor houses and even a castle, to exclusive contemporary facilities. There are venues for intimate occasions, as well as large celebrations, venues to suit all budgets and requirements.
One well known company that has recognised the appeal of Ribble Valley as a wedding destination is ‘Little White Books’ who have an outstanding reputation for organising wedding fairs and events. So much so that they have now established the twice-yearly Ribble Valley Wedding Fair. Hosted at the stunning Stonyhurst College, each event is a true celebration of all that is on offer for couples seeking to get married in this locality. Maxine Cowen of Little White Books said ‘Little White Books are proud to work closely with many of the Ribble Valley’s leading businesses; the main reason why I created the Ribble Valley Wedding Show at the iconic Stonyhurst College was because I recognised the wealth of talent and diversity of weddingfocussed businesses growing within the region.’
It became clear to Maxine that the influx of quality wedding venues within the area in turn gave rise to a plethora of quality suppliers, and the Ribble Valley Wedding Show is the ideal forum in which to showcase these talents. She added ‘There is no region quite like the Ribble Valley with such a high concentration of unique wedding venues within such close proximity to each other, providing engaged couples an incredible, comprehensive selection when beginning their wedding venue search.’ Each wedding venue has its own unique atmosphere, but they all share the backdrop of the beautiful Ribble Valley, an area renowned for its unspoilt scenery, warm welcome and outstanding customer service.
WEDDINGS To find out more about wedding open days and events follow ‘Ribble Valley Wedding Heaven’ on facebook.
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SUPERB WEDDING VENUES to make your day extra special
Bashall Town, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 3LQ t: 01200 428964 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.bashallbarn.co.uk
Castle Hill, Castle Street,Clitheroe BB7 1BA t: 01200 442630 e: email@example.com www.castleweddingsandevents.co.uk
Hotel Green Lane, Chipping, Preston PR3 2TQ t: 01995 61456 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.gibbon-bridge.co.uk 98 | visitribblevalley.co.uk
Tithe Barn, Browsholme Hall
Clitheroe Road, Cow Ark, Clitheroe, BB7 3DE t: 01254 827166 e: email@example.com www.browsholme.com
Eaves Hall Lane, West Bradford BB7 3JG t: 01200 425271 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.eaveshall.co.uk
Trapp Lane, Simonstone, Burnley BB12 7QW t: 01282 772781 e: email@example.com www.lavenderhotels.co.uk
Worston, Clitheroe BB7 1QA t: 01200 441218 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.calfshead.co.uk
Foxﬁelds Country Hotel
Whalley Road, Billington BB7 9HY t: 01254 822556 e: enquiries@foxﬁeldshotel.co.uk www.foxﬁeldshotel.co.uk
Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB t: 01200 407183 e: email@example.com www.holmesmill.co.uk
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The Inn at Whitewell
Clitheroe, Forest of Bowland BB7 3AT t: 01200 448222 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.innatwhitewell.com
Northcote Road, Langho, Blackburn BB6 8BE t: 01254 240555 e: email@example.com www.northcote.com
Stanley House Hotel & Spa
Further Lane, Mellor, Lancashire BB2 7NP t: 01254 769200 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.stanleyhouse.co.uk
Mitton, nr Whalley, Clitheroe BB7 9PQ t: 01254 827181 e: email@example.com www.mittonhallhotel.co.uk
Whalley Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe BB7 9QJ t: 01254 826678 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.shireburnarmshotel.co.uk
Waddington Road, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 3LD t: 01200 423186 e: email@example.com www.girlguidingactivitycentres.org.uk/waddow
Best Western Mytton Fold Hotel Whalley Rd, Langho, Blackburn BB6 8AB t: 01254 240662 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.myttonfold.co.uk
Spread Eagle Inn
Sawley, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 4NH t: 01200 441202 e: email@example.com www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk
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MYTTON FOLD HOTEL
Book now for your personal tour with our Wedding Coordinators MYTTON FOLD HOTEL & GOLF CLUB Whalley Road, Langho, Lancashire. BB6 8AB Tel: 01254 240662 Email: email@example.com www.myttonfold.co.uk MyttonFoldHotel MyttonFold © SJ PHOTOGRAPHERS & © RACHEL JOYCE PHOTOGRAPHY
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Discover the wedding destination of your dreams... Stanley House Hotel & Spa 01254 769200 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.stanleyhouse.co.uk Stanley House Hotel & Spa, Mellor, Lancashire, BB2 7NP
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A unique wedding barn venue
Bashall Barn, Bashall Town, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 3LQ
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Intimate bijou weddings arranged by you for your special day...
Wolfen Mill is a unique setting in Chipping, nestled at the foot of the Bowland fells. A woodland setting within gardens and its own lake. Wolfen Mill allows you to create your own individual wedding style. With a wedding licence for up to 50 people and with accommodation in our Boutique self catering apartments for up to 34 guests. Arrange your wedding over a weekend or midweek break.
For more information and to arrange a viewing contact Michael or Marie on firstname.lastname@example.org 01253 675633
Gibbon Bridge grew from Janetâ€™s dream of a tea shop to what it is today - 36 years later - a four star country hotel with an established reputation for good food and luxury. It is the ideal place for lunch, or dinner and oďŹ€ers excellent value for money in superb surroundings. The restaurant overlooks the award winning gardens and Longridge Fell, and has a fabulous terrace for relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere.
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The restaurant is open daily for lunch between 12.00 - 1.30pm and in the evening 6.30 - 8.00pm and a one, two or three course menu is available. Booking is advised. Afternoon tea is served on Wednesdays, and there are some fabulous Alfresco Huts available for private dining. The hotel is ideally situated for exploring the Ribble Valley and Forest of Bowland on foot, by bicycle or by car, and throughout the year oﬀers exceptional value with its short breaks. Visit the website for current oﬀers. Janet & her team’s established reputation for customer service is just one of the reasons guests return time after time and choose Gibbon Bridge for all their family occasions and celebrations from weddings and christenings, to big birthdays and milestone anniversaries.
Lunch Mon-Sat 12.00-1.30 pm
2 courses £18.50
3 courses £22.50
Sunday 12.00 - 1.30pm
3 course lunch £27.50
Dinner Mon-Sat 6.30-8.00pm Sun 6.00-7.30pm
Special Set Dinner Menu 2 courses £20 | 3 courses £25
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Tel: 01772 782370 www.derbyarmslongridge.co.uk
PLACES TO STAY
the hustle and bustle of everyday life and take advantage of the beautiful, high-quality accommodation that Ribble Valley has to offer, no matter what time of year.
Visit www.visitribblevalley.co.uk and see the full range of options available for you in Ribble Valley.
With an exciting range of places to stay, you will be spoilt for choice here in the spectacular Ribble Valley. From Yurts, camping pods, holiday parks and lodges, to guest houses, B&Bs and luxurious manor hotels, there is so much to choose from that there is sure to be something to match your every requirement. Whether you choose to stay close to one of our charming towns or hide away in pure peace and tranquillity, you will be surrounded by beautiful views that are guaranteed to take your breath away. There are all year round activities taking place in Ribble Valley and you can often find accommodation deals linked to them. Events such as the Clitheroe Food Festival pull in large crowds, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.
We highly recommend that you stay in an establishment that is part of an accredited grading scheme and therefore has been inspected, including those carrying the RVTA logo. This ensures the utmost quality for your stay.
THE CALF’S HEAD
The Assheton Arms is an historic Grade II listed pub in the conservation village of Downham, which dates back to the 8th century.
Nestled at the foot of Pendle Hill in the conservation village of Worston, seemingly far away from the hustle and bustle but In reality only a quarter of a mile from the A59 is our picturesque country inn at the heart of the village. The Inn boasts stunning views of Pendle Hill. Dine and drink in the large gardens or on the decking over looking the babbling stream. Inside there is a cosy snug with a roaring log fire or diners can choose the glass house.
With 12 luxury bedrooms, suites and family cottages, the elegant countyr inn is famous for its sensational seafood specials, creative world food dishes and stunning views of Pendle Hill. It has been awarded numerous accolades, including AA rosette and 5* rating, Good Pub Guide County Dining Pub of the Year 2015 and 2016, Lancashire Life Dining Pub of the Year and Lancashire Tourism Awards Pub of the Year.
Downham, Clitheroe BB7 4BJ 01200 441227 email@example.com www.asshetonarms.com
We offer an extensive range of dishes to suit all tastes from our famous ‘Worston Whale’ to locally sourced Pendle lamb. This lovely inn offers 12 homely bedrooms from double ensuites through to a deluxe split-level suite with separate lounge and spa pool. Cycle Friendly, Dog Friendly, Family Friendly, Free Wifi and Parking
Worston, Lancashire, BB7 1QA 01200 441218 firstname.lastname@example.org www.calfshead.co.uk
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FOXFIELDS COUNTRY HOTEL
THE INN AT WHITEWELL
Ideally situated in the heart of the beautiful Ribble Valley, only five minutes from both Whalley and Clitheroe.
A delightful 16th century inn, nestled in the heart of the Forest of Bowland AONB.
The hotel is privately owned and impresses with its very spacious accommodation. The superior suites all have a lounge and dining area and a separate bedroom. These rooms have either a patio or balcony.
Open log fires, antique furniture everywhere and 23 glamorous bedrooms. Seven miles of fishing, wonderful walking and dogs welcome.
The Club rooms are also spacious and have a separate dressing area. The hotel has a gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam room for guests to enjoy during their stay. ldeal wedding and function venue. Car parking for 150 cars, Free Wi-Fi.
Whalley Road, Billington, Blackburn, Lancashire BB7 9HY 01254 822556 email@example.com www.foxfieldshotel.co.uk
Bedrooms : 23ES 23D BB : from £132 Open: All Year
Award-winning hotel and gardens
Mitton Hall is a country house hotel providing luxury accommodation at the heart of the fabulous Ribble Valley. Stunning interior design and decoration perfectly complement the ancient architectural features to create a contemporary country house hotel.
Our thirty spacious bedrooms and split level suites offer luxury accommodation in the Ribble Valley and provide an ideal retreat at the end of your day. The rooms range from standard doubles & twins to suites and VIP suites with the ultimate in luxury being the Staple Oak Suite.
From a relaxing morning coffee or afternoon tea, to lunch or dinner and for everything in between. Chipping, Forest of Bowland PR3 2TQ 01995 61456 www.gibbon-bridge.co.uk
Best Western Mytton Fold Hotel & Golf Club with its panoramic views over the Ribble Valley, is the ideal place to stay. This country hotel, once a thriving dairy farm, has been developed with love and passion over the last 33 years by the Hargreaves family. It is now the award-winning family-run hotel you see today.
We have recently developed four double en-suite bedrooms, each beautifully appointed and available for bed and breakfast. We have ample free parking and we pride ourselves on our environmental credentials. We are : • Located in the heart of the countryside, between the picturesque villages of Downham and Chatburn, with easy access to Pendle Hill • Walker and cyclist friendly with secure cycle storage
• Dog friendly
Downham Rd, Chatburn, Clitheroe BB7 4DL 01200 441517 firstname.lastname@example.org www.greendaleview.com
The Best Western Higher Trapp offers the ultimate in charm, comfort and luxury.
• Weddings and Functions • 18 hole par 70 Parkland Golf Course • Modern conference FREE to residents and business after 4pm facilities • FootGolf - the fastest • FREE Guest electric growing sport in the car charging point world! • FREE Wi-Fi
Whalley Road, Langho, Blackburn BB6 8AB 01254 240662 email@example.com www.myttonfold.co.uk
Small Hotel AA Inspectors’ Choice
A small luxury hotel with a Michelin star restaurant situated on the edge of the Ribble Valley, in the heart of Lancashire. Offering 26 imaginative and inspired rooms which exude highly individual character, including eight suites in the new Garden Lodge.
Your stay is guaranteed to be memorable, from mouth- watering home-cooked food, complemented by a selection of cask ales and fine wines, to magnificent countryside views and personal service in the intimate setting of our country house. Bedrooms: 30ES: 2S, 23D/TW, 4 Family BB: From £70 Open: All Year Simonstone, Trapp Lane, Simonstone BB12 7QW 01282 772781 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lavenderhotels.co.uk 108 | visitribblevalley.co.uk
SHORT BREAKS AVAILABLE. PLEASE SEE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS.
Mitton Road, Mitton, nr Whalley, Lancs BB7 9PQ 01254 826544 email@example.com www.mittonhallhotel.co.uk
BEST WESTERN MYTTON FOLD HOTEL & GOLF CLUB
Greendale View is located on the edge of Downham and commands spectacular views across Ribble Valley, through to the Yorkshire Dales. Greendale View Kitchen is well known for its mouth-watering ‘all day’ menu of home-cooked fare, using local ingredients with a breakfast that is a feast to behold.
BEST WESTERN HIGHER TRAPP HOTEL
Whitewell, Forest of Bowland BB7 3AT 01200 448222 firstname.lastname@example.org www.innatwhitewell.com
Both effortlessly beautiful and unashamedly romantic.
Two of the rooms have been designed especially for guests with mobility special needs and are all on one level, close to reception.
• Fully licensed
Hotel of the Year 2017 Good Pub Guide. Recommended by The Good Hotel Guide. Michelin Good Food Guide.
Bedrooms: 28 superior suites, 16 club rooms BB: doubles from £75 Open: all year
GIBBON BRIDGE HOTEL & RESTAURANT
All the rooms are ensuite and a number of the suites have whirlpool baths; ideal for relaxing in after a day of walking.
Northcote’s restaurant is renowned for its fine cuisine and serves traditional Lancashire recipes with a modern twist, created from local produce by celebrated local chefs Nigel Haworth and Lisa Allen.
Bedrooms: 26 BB: from £206-£605 (double occupancy). Open: All Year Northcote Road, Langho, Blackburn BB6 8BE 01254 240555 email@example.com www.northcote.com
THE RED PUMP INN
Fran and Jonathan offer a warm welcome to their luxury B&B combining the charm and character of a traditional inn yet with a casual elegance with heritage colours, flag floors, oak beams and crackling open fires.
A historic 17th Century quintessentially English country inn of great warmth and character at the heart of the Ribble Valley, and home to the Tolkein Trail. Homely yet contemporary interiors are totally in keeping with the character of the inn providing a relaxed, informal atmosphere in which to enjoy beautifully prepared food.
Eight boutique bedrooms complete with French antique beds, ‘Fluffy Slipper’ comfort mattresses and powerful wet room showers. Seriously good Steak Restaurant & local cask ales.
The perfect base for a relaxing break or to discover amazing countryside from our doorstep.
Check out Trip Advisor reviews, Sawdays and the Good Pub Guide. Glamping Yurts: from £60pppn BB: From £90pn Dinner BB: From £140pn Open: February-December
Clitheroe Road, Bashall Eves, Clitheroe BB7 3DA 01254 826227 firstname.lastname@example.org www.theredpumpinn.co.uk
Whalley Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe BB7 9QJ 01254 826678 email@example.com www.shireburnarmshotel.co.uk
THE SPREAD EAGLE
THE SPINNING BLOCK
An attractive coaching inn nestling within the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the heart of the Ribble Valley.
The Spinning Block Hotel is situated at Holmes Mill, a stunning conversion of this 1823 former textile mill in the heart of Clitheroe.
On one side of the building flows the River Ribble, on the other are the remains of the 12th century Cistercian Sawley Abbey, and from a distance the magnificent and brooding Pendle Hill casts its shadow. Eleven luxury bedrooms with each room individually different makes The Spread Eagle the ideal place to stay, be it business or pleasure.
STANLEY HOUSE HOTEL & SPA
The 39 individually designed bedrooms are the perfect base from which to enjoy the fabulous food, drink and entertainment on the site, and for exploring the attractions and countryside on our doorstep.
Bedrooms: 11Es BB: from £105 Open: All Year Sawley, nr Clitheroe BB7 4NH 01200 441202 firstname.lastname@example.org www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk
1823 Spinning Block, Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB
There are five fully-equipped campsites, a tented village, a choice of catered or selfcatered indoor accommodation, excellent training and conference facilities, and equipment provided for a range of exciting activities.
With 30 first-class bedrooms, unrivalled wedding and conference facilities, the stylish Grill on the Hill restaurant, the hugely popular Mr Fred’s bar and lounge and a world-class spa, Stanley House is truly a hotel like no other. Stanley House, Further Lane, Oﬀ Preston New Road, Mellor BB2 7NP 01254 769200 email@example.com www.stanleyhouse.co.uk
The following options are available: Fully catered in the Main Hall, self-catering in one or more of six indoor cottages, or camping. Subscribe via website to see prices and offers.
Standing in the middle of the village from which it takes its name The Waddington Arms is very much at the heart of life in the fabulous Ribble Valley.
Whalley Abbey is a unique, peaceful location set in stunning grounds in the heart of the attractive and historic village of Whalley, with easy access to road and rail networks.
It is the perfect place to eat, to drink, to sleep and most importantly for a village inn, it is also the perfect place to meet, relax and catch up with friends old and new. Fabulous food from well thought out menus is served for lunch and dinner seven days a week and 6 beautiful bedrooms provide a comfortable base for exploring the Ribble Valley, Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire.
01200 407111 firstname.lastname@example.org www.holmesmill.co.uk
Waddow Hall is a 17th-century manor house overlooking the River Ribble and set in 178 acres of enchanting Lancashire countryside.
Set in 54 acres of Ribble Valley countryside in Mellor, Lancashire, Stanley House Hotel is a stunning, award-winning hotel.
Bedrooms: 30ES BB: from £133 (Double) Open: All Year
The Bistro, Bar & Grill is a modern British seafood and steak restaurant preparing and serving truly remarkable food and drinks in a truly remarkable setting.
Waddington Rd, Clitheroe BB7 3LD 01200 423186 email@example.com www.waddow.org.uk
An offering of four-star bed and breakfast with en-suite bathrooms, accommodating 28 guests in twin, double and single rooms, with a family room also available. Clitheroe Road, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 3HP 01200 423262 firstname.lastname@example.org www.waddingtonarms.co.uk
Bedrooms : 17ES: 6S, 11D/TW, 1 Family BB : from £48 pppn Open: All Year
The Sands, Whalley, Clitheroe BB7 9SS 01254 828400 oﬀice@whalleyabbey.org www.whalleyabbey.org visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 109
Boutique self catering cottages and apartments in Chipping.
Wolfen Mill oďŹ€ers accommodation for short breaks, weekly lets and longer term stays.
Boutique properties for romantic couples. Two properties can sleep 6, so bring friends or family. Pets welcome in selected properties. Our luxury venue, set at the foot of the Bowland fells has a special lakeside lounge and separate dining room offering exclusive private hire for groups, family gatherings and weddings for 18 to 34 guests.
For more information and to arrange a viewing contact Michael or Marie on
01253 675633 email@example.com
Lancashire’s Hidden Historic Gem Browsholme Hall, situated in the stunning countryside of the Forest of Bowland, is the oldest surviving family home in the county palatine of Lancashire. Built in 1507 by the Parker family, Browsholme (pronounced ‘Brusom’) is not a museum but an historic family home that has evolved over 500 years, reflecting the lifestyles, taste and fortunes of each of the many generations who have lived there. The Parkers of Browsholme are descended from Peter de Alcancotes, who held the Manor of Alkincoats in Colne in the mid-13th century, and became park-keepers of Radholme Laund, one of the two great deer parks in the Forest of Bowland.
Over the next 35 years the main Hall has been gradually restored, the exterior made wind and watertight, while the interior was redecorated, furniture repaired, pictures cleaned and their frames gilded. During the 1990s the arrival of a young family gave further impetus and good reason to occupy the whole Hall including the attics and making Browsholme truly a unique home. In 2007, the 500th anniversary, plans were drawn to reuse the listed range of farm buildings on the approach to the Hall. Three years later the restoration of the early-18th Century ‘Tithe Barn’ was completed, providing a cafe for visitors, a venue for theatre, concerts and exhibitions, and a unique place for wedding receptions.
Subsequent generations have lovingly maintained, restored and added to this unique historic house. In 1804 Thomas Lister Parker pulled down the front of the west wing and rebuilt on the same ground plan adding a portrait gallery, then completed his ambitious programme of modernisation by landscaping the garden in the style of ‘Capability’ Brown. In 1975, Robert, the present owner, then aged 20, inherited the Hall from his distant fourth cousin, Colonel Robert Parker.
Browsholme has been described as ‘a jewel in the crown of Bowland’ giving a rare insight into a living history of the many generations of the Parker family who have lived there. The family welcomes visitors to share with them an authentic slice of Lancashire history.
Hall Tours and Events
The Woodland Glade
Drop in to the Tithe Barn Tea Room for a light lunch or afternoon tea during a visit to the Hall or Gardens. Or alternatively, call in while you explore the quiet lanes of the Hodder Valley. Customers are free to park and go for a walk in the area, or bring your bikes. Browsholme is located in the heart of the Forest of Bowland, where there are many other attractions you can visit.
The Woodland Glade is a new exclusive glamping site of 10 luxury micro lodges situated in the midst of natural oak and beech woodland. It is a place to relax and unwind, be active, or indulge yourself at one of the many award winning pubs and inns nearby.
Throughout the year Browsholme hosts special events ranging from the extremely popular Pizza Nights and Garden Workshops to wicker weaving and wreath making classes. Please visit the website for a full list of events. Admission Gardens & Tea Room 11.30am - 4.00pm • Tours at 12 noon, 1.00pm, 2.00pm & 3.00pm. May to September - every Wednesday. Special openings on some Bank holiday Sundays and Mondays throughout the year. Booked parties and groups welcome at other times, including special week before Christmas, when the Hall is decorated in style for the family.
Located in the heart of the Forest of Bowland, on the historic Browsholme Hall Estate, these beautifully designed lodges make a perfect base to explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Woodland Glade provides quality accommodation for walkers, cyclists, for short break holidays and guests attending weddings at the Tithe Barn, or at other venues nearby. Each micro lodge is a self contained ‘hotel’ room with double bed, en-suite shower room, kitchenette, and living area with sofa. Linen is provided so you can be assured that you can begin relaxing at the outset. Further information about booking, pricing and availability can be found on Browsholme’s website.
Browsholme Hall, Clitheroe Road, Lancashire, BB7 3DE 01254 827 160 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.browsholme.com
PLACES TO STAY
SELF CATERING ANGRAM GREEN COTTAGES
THE CHICKEN SHED AT KNOWLE TOP Boutique self-catering – The perfect hideaway for couples. Two Ribble Valley nature photographers who run a gallery in Clitheroe decided to offer accommodation that inspires.
Three cosy stone built cottages on owners working sheep farm. One mile from the village of Worston, built with character and equipped with freeview TV, DVD player. Kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, washing machine. Set at the foot of Pendle Hill Worston, Clitheroe BB7 1QB 01200 441455 / 07782 215 984 email@example.com www.angramgreen.co.uk
with stunning views of Pendle and surrounding countryside. All cottages have private patio/garden area and parking. No smoking. One small well behaved dog allowed in Pendleside. Wi-fi available. Cottages sleep up to 6 see website for details. Units: 3 Sleeps: x2 up to 4, x1 up to 6 Price per unit: £280 - £600 per unit per week Open: All year
An old barn high on the side of Pendle, renovated and decorated to the heights of industrial chic with all the comforts boutique self-catering could offer, and all with spectacular views across Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Chicken Shed is the perfect place for guests looking for a spacious, modern rural retreat only minutes from Clitheroe, surrounded by fell-side hiking paths and with a variety of gastro pubs close by. And for the keen photographer, workshops, photo-safaris and one-onone tuition can be booked to enhance the experience.
BOOKINGS FROM APRIL 2019
THE DOG INN
Delightful cottage in the grounds of the owners home, extended in 2017. Its own off road parking with spectacular views of Pendle Hill from the comfort of the new sunroom. Well equipped to a high standard with three TVs, washing machine, electric heating and free wifi. Two bedrooms, one twin with ensuite and one double on ground floor, new dining room and private garden with gazebo and table and chairs. One small dog welcome. Pub 150 yds, shops one mile. Non smoking. Perfect for keen walkers.
After under-going a new and exciting refurbishment, the historic Dog Inn has been brought back to life and is now decorated in a modern, rustic style with a quirky fusion. Five new luxury holiday apartments have been created, each tastefully designed and individually themed. Units: 2 | One twin bed with ensuite One kingsize bed on groundfloor Price: from £340pw Dugdales Barn, Worston BB7 1QA 01200 440400 firstname.lastname@example.org www.chestnut-cottage.com
The Dog Inn Gastro Pub is situated at the top of the town and enjoys commanding views across the surrounding countryside. It is ideally located for walking and cycling in the Forest of Bowland and is an ideal base for touring Lancashire and the North West generally. The apartments have separate shower and bathrooms, free Wifi, central heating and fully equipped kitchen. Short breaks available.
Mearley, Clitheroe BB7 1PU 07445555002 email@example.com www.knowletop.com/chickenshed
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BRAMLEY FARM COTTAGES
Nestled in the courtyard of Hill Top Farm, Thornley-with-Wheatley, near Longridge, Meadow Cottage offers truly luxurious accommodation for all types of guest parties. With a stunning panorama offering probably one of the best views in the whole of Lancashire. Two king size bedrooms with fine cottons and ‘zip& link’ beds offer totally flexible sleeping arrangements. With 2 shower rooms (1 wet room & 1 en-suite), the property is fully flexible and ideal for all types of guests such as families, groups of friends, couples seeking a romantic getaway, guests attending weddings and celebrations, business travellers and visiting relatives.
Stylish and contemporary furnishings and oak floors throughout. Modern Kitchen with oven, induction hob, dishwasher, microwave and large capacity fridge freezer. Plus 3 Smart TV’s and free Wi-Fi. Log burning stove for those nights where only a cosy real fire will do. Situated conveniently on the edge of the Forest of Bowland area of natural beauty, and easy walking distance to shops, restaurant and bars. Meadow Cottage is a true rural hideaway but with all the comforts of home. Bramley Farm Cottages, sleeps two, six and eight people. Featuring beamed ceilings, log burner in one cottage, spacious double bedrooms, large dining tables and fantastic views.
Clerk Hill Rd, Wiswell Moor, Whalley BB7 9FQ 01254 824050 email@example.com
Units: 3 | Sleeps 2, 6 & 8 people. 4 doubles, 3 twin Price: £280 unit per week Open: All year
www.meadow-cottage.co.uk +44 1772 786205 firstname.lastname@example.org
FOODEN FARM COTTAGE
STONE MOUSE COTTAGE
Fooden Farm Cottage offers luxury accommodation in a beautifully converted barn. Set in an idyllic location overlooking open fields on a working farm in the pretty hamlet of Fooden. Ideal for walkers with footpaths leading to the picturesque villages of Boltonby-Bowland, Sawley and Gisburn. Sleeping up to 6 it is perfect for relaxing with family & friends and visiting the many excellent places to eat around the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Our beautifully appointed cottage comprises of an open plan living space with fantastic decked areas and views.
Units: 1 | Sleeps 6 | 2 double, 1 twin Price: from £370 per unit per week Open: All year
Modern kitchen, two bedroomsone en-suite. Private bathroom. Excellent eating nearby. Short breaks.
Fooden Farm, Gisburn Road, Bolton-By-Bowland, Nr Clitheroe, BB7 4LS 01200 447728 / 447218 email@example.com www.foodenfarmholidaycottage.co.uk
HARROP FOLD COTTAGES
2-6 persons £250-£450 per week, depending on season and number of persons. Linen/towels and first £10 of electricity included. Off season and last minute breaks. From £50 per cottage per night (min. three nights).
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Harrop Fold, Bolton-By-Bowland BB7 4PJ 01200 447665 firstname.lastname@example.org www.harropfoldcottages.co.uk
Harrop Fold Farm, Bolton-by-Bowland, Clitheroe BB7 4PJ 01200 447427 email@example.com www.stonemousecottage.co.uk
WOLFEN MILL Boutique properties for romantic couples. Two properties can sleep 6, so bring friends or family. Pets welcome in selected properties. Our luxury venue, set at the foot of the Bowland fells has a special lakeside lounge and separate dining room offering exclusive private hire for groups, family gatherings and weddings for 18 to 34 guests.
The charming hamlet of Harrop Fold lies in the heart of beautiful countryside. An ideal retreat for a relaxing holiday.
Units: 3 | Sleeps up to 9 people One unit sleeps 2, one sleeps 3 and one sleeps 4
Units : 1 - sleeps 4: 2D or 1D, 1T Price : £360-£700 pw Open: All Year
Wolfen Mill offers accommodation for short breaks, weekly lets and longer term stays.
Units: 10 Sleeps: up to 6 Price: see website for prices Fish House Lane, Chipping, PR3 2GR 01253 675633 07976 619222 information@staﬀieldhall.co.uk www.wolfenmill.co.uk
ALDEN COTTAGE Superb Award Winning accommodation for two persons (one double bedroom) in a charming and romantic country cottage. The well-equipped accommodation includes luxury en-suite bathroom with Biojet whirlpool bath and power shower, electric heating throughout plus wood burning stove and free WiFi. Alden Cottage is surrounded by beautiful gardens set in an idyllic location overlooking the Ribble and Hodder Valleys, yet less than four miles southwest of Clitheroe. Perfect for a peaceful and relaxing stay in a stunning location. Ample off-road parking.
Bonnygrass is a spacious stone built terraced cottage in the heart of Clitheroe. Set back from the road, the cottage is perfect for a relaxing stay and ideally placed to enjoy market town life with all the amenities in walking distance.
Short breaks available from £250 for three nights. Kemple End, Birdy Brow, Stonyhurst, Clitheroe BB7 9QY 01254 826468 firstname.lastname@example.org www.aldencottage.co.uk
stove, gas central heating and fully equipped kitchen. Tea, coffee and some breakfast provisions supplied. Short breaks available all year.
The cottage has separate shower and bathrooms, free Wifi, wood burning
Superhost for the year
4 Woone Lane, CLITHEROE, BB7 1BG 01200 443992 email@example.com www.bonnygrasscottage.co.uk
Units: 1 Sleeps: 4 - 2 doubles/twin Price per unit: £300 - £600/week Open: All year
Units: 1 | One double bedroom Price: From £359 per week (low season) £420 (high season)
COBDEN VIEW COTTAGE Enjoy glorious Sabden Valley and Pendle Hill countryside from Cobden View with its panoramic views from a prime spot on our hillside family farm. This relaxing, well-equipped 4star, two bedroom, dog friendly, Forest of Bowland holiday cottage is detached, in its own grounds and is ideally placed for walking, touring, visiting and chilling out.
Units: 1 | Sleeps 4 | 1 Double, 1 twin Price: £320 - £550 per unit per week Open: All year
cottage Cobden Farm, Sabden, Clitheroe BB7 9ED 01282 776285 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cobdenview.co.uk
This detached beautifully presented Shippon has been tastefully converted by the owners, with close attention to detail, including oak engineered flooring, exposed brick walls and beams. Added to this is the benefit of a contemporary wood burning stove, fully equipped modern kitchen, 2 bedrooms, and outdoor hot tub.
The property is located in Thornley and is within walking distance of the Market Town of Longridge.
Chipping Road, Thornley PR3 2NB 07850 221 034 email@example.com www.theshipponluxuryholidaylet.co.uk
Units: 1, Sleeps 4 Price: from £378, short breaks available see website for further details. Open: all year
The Shippon benefits from views to the front overlooking Parlick Fell and local farmland to the rear which provides a peaceful feeling allowing you to totally relax and enjoy the countryside.
THE SHOOTING LODGE AT HOBBIT HILL
The Shooting Lodge nestles in its own landscaped gardens, with fabulous wide open views across the Ribble Valley, down towards the River Ribble and along the legendary Tolkien Trail.
Sleeping 2 guests in the double bedroom, but ample room downstairs provides the option for a further 2 guests on occasional beds if required.
The beautifully designed lodge has a kitchen, breakfast bar, lounge, dining area and bathroom, with a double bedroom on the first floor.
The Shooting Lodge is available for holidays and short breaks and can be included exclusively along with the Hobbit Hill glamping pods and camping, making it ideal for family get togethers and group bookings.
Hobbit Hill, Foxfields Farm, Whalley Road – Stonyhurst BB7 9PN 07535 638049 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hobbithill.co.uk
Units: 1, Sleeps 2-4 Price: £390 for 3 nights Open: All year round
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Three Rivers Woodland Park
Tucked away in the heart of the beautiful Ribble Valley countryside, Three Rivers Woodland Park is undergoing major redevelopment by new owners... Set in 22 acres of its own ancient woodland, with stunning views of Pendle Hill and the surrounding countryside, Three Rivers is a real country escape and still only a couple of miles from the picturesque market town of Clitheroe. Located within the Forest of Bowland, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the park is on several footpaths and bridleways, making it ideal for walkers, cyclists and four legged friends. For those who just want to sit back and relax there is an abundance of wildlife, including
deer, owls and of course the resident ducks for you to watch from your private deck. The park even has its own water supply from a spring on site. Visitors and residents will see major improvements this year with the newly extended Clubhouse undergoing a full refurbishment, including its two bars, swimming pool and an improved family room, allowing kids room to enjoy their own space. An all new reception, shop and cafe are all well under way, with a gym and other facilities coming soon.
Three Rivers already boasts two childrenâ€™s play areas and lots of green expanse, however there are plans for new woodland walks and a lovely secret garden, that will have a summer house and seating area and play host to a wide variety of wild birds. A disused carp pond is also to be reinstated to add fishing to the on site activities. The sites 50 week holiday home or year round residential licences make it the perfect place to own your own little piece of the Ribble Valley.
Your dream holiday home deserves an extra special location and Three Rivers Woodland Park ticks all the boxes. With a wide selection of new and pre owned homes, we have the perfect retreat for you to escape to or a beautiful place to live in the Ribble Valley, Three Rivers is the place for you.
Why not pay a visit to the new show ground or call the friendly, helpful staff for more details? Three Rivers Woodland Park, Eaves Hall Lane, West Bradford, Clitheroe, BB7 3JG www.threeriverspark.co.uk | 01200 423523 | email@example.com
Quintessential English Country Inn oozing character with log fires, antique furniture and stone flag floors, offering hand pulled cask ales, a superb wine list and numerous Whiskies & Gins. Friendly and family run we warmly welcome visitors, dogs and muddy boots. With great local walks, a large car park weâ€™re just 3 miles north of Clitheroe. New this year, enjoy our landscaped Beer Garden with stunning rural views.
Wed to Sat 12pm ~ 2pm Sun 12pm ~ 5:30pm Dinner: Wed & Thu 6pm ~ 8:30pm Fri & Sat 6pm ~ 9pm Bar open all day, Closed Mon & Tue
Clitheroe Road, Bashall Eaves, Clitheroe, BB7 3DA
01254 826227 www.theredpumpinn.co.uk
Eight Elegant Luxury Bedrooms, some with wet rooms and powerful monsoon showers others with deep baths. Mattresses that will ensure a good nightâ€™s sleep and a hearty traditional breakfast in the morning allows you to unwind, relax and enjoy your stay. Four Glamping Yurts offer a night under the stars. Complete with wood burning stoves, king size beds, en-suite shower and toilet. Sleeps 4.
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Revered for our Prime Chargrilled Steaks, grass fed native beef is dry aged to around 40 days giving the exceptional taste we look for. Our changing seasonal menu sources local produce for our pies, fish, classic dishes, burgers and vegetarian meals. Serving lunchtime and evenings with booking strongly advised.
PLACES TO STAY
CAMPING Glamping at its best Enjoy a relaxing break in the beauty of the Ribble Valley with a stay in your own heated Wigwam® cabin.
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ANGRAM GREEN CARAVAN AND CAMPING
CROSS LANE CARAVAN & CAMPING PARK
Caravan & Camping Club Certified Site Caravan and Camping Club certified site. Picturesque and peaceful site set on owners working sheep farm. At the foot of Pendle Hill with superb views across countryside and Ribble Valley. A59 one mile. Clitheroe three miles. Price: per night including parking per pitch - tourers £10-£15, tents £10-£20. Open: All Year.
Angram Green Farm Cottage, Worston, Near Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 1QB 01200 441455 / 07782 215984 firstname.lastname@example.org www.angramgreencaravan.co.uk
Cross Lane Caravan and Camping Park is situated on the southern fringe of the Forest of Bowland (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), nestling at the foot of Waddington Fell with outstanding views over Pendle Hill and the Ribble Valley. Well behaved dogs and owners allowed. Booking in advance is advisable to avoid disappointment. Gannies Farm, Cross Lane, Waddington, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 3JH 01200 423568 www.crosslanecaravans.co.uk
5 hard standing pitches + numerous tent pitches Caravans with electric hook-up: £15 pn Tents: One man £8, Four man £12
THE WOODLAND GLADE AT BROWSHOLME
HOBBIT HILL Enjoy a luxury glamping experience in the heart of the Ribble Valley. Set amidst the outstanding natural beauty of the famous Tolkien Trail – take time out in our comfortable, cosy Hobbit Cabins. Enjoy cycling, walking, exploring or simply relax, sit round your fire pit and take in the superb views! Hobbit Hill cabins accommodate up to 16 people – great for a family get together and group bookings. Caravans and tent electric hook ups also available.
Hobbit Hill, Foxfields Farm, Whalley Road – Stonyhurst BB7 9PN 07535 638049 email@example.com www.hobbithill.co.uk
THE RED PUMP INN Fran and Jonathan offer a warm welcome to their luxury B&B combining the charm and character of a traditional inn yet with a casual elegance with heritage colours, flag floors, oak beams and crackling open fires. Four Glamping Yurts offer a night under the stars. Complete with wood burning stoves, king size beds, en-suite shower and toilet. Sleeps 4.
Hall Estate, these beautifully designed
exclusive glamping site of 10 luxury
lodges make a perfect base to explore
micro lodges situated in the midst of
this Area of Outstanding Natural
natural oak and beech woodland. It is
Beauty. The Woodland Glade provides
a place to relax and unwind, be active,
quality accommodation for walkers,
or indulge yourself at one of the many
cyclists, for short break holidays and
award winning pubs and inns nearby.
guests attending weddings at the
Located in the heart of the Forest of
Tithe Barn, or at other venues nearby.
Bowland, on the historic Browsholme
Check out Trip Advisor reviews, Sawdays and the Good Pub Guide. Glamping Yurts: from £60pppn BB: From £90pn Dinner BB: From £140pn Open: February-December
The Woodland Glade is a new
Clitheroe Road, Bashall Eves, Clitheroe BB7 3DA 01254 826227 firstname.lastname@example.org www.theredpumpinn.co.uk
Browsholme, Clitheroe Road, Cow Ark, Clitheroe BB7 3DE 01254 827160 email@example.com www.browsholme.com
Units: 8 Classic Lodges from £75 2 Superior Lodges from £100
With accommodation to suit everyone, Ribble Valley really is the perfect get away. To see more of the accommodation on offer visit
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Country Your place in the
Having your own place to escape to in the heart of beautiful Ribble Valley countryside, could be described as a dream for most people, so owning a holiday home at one of the area’s picturesque home parks provides that very opportunity with award-winning credentials for quality and environment excellence.
Hackings Caravan Park Hackings Caravan Park offers the perfect retreat within the natural beauty of the Ribble Valley, situated on the banks of the River Calder and on the edge of the historic village of Whalley. With wildlife and stunning views in abundance, this is an impeccable base to relax and unwind. This award-winning park, which is licensed for 11 months, is immaculately maintained and managed by a hugely dedicated family team. This maintains its popularity with retired and semi-
retired Holiday Home owners. The park is personally supervised by resident owners, the Hacking family, whose sole aim is to ensure that your holiday home is enjoyable and carefree. You will find yourself surrounded by friendly, like-minded people who create a real community feel in the park. The family considers the park to be a labour of love and work tirelessly to manage its landscape. Simply contact us to make an appointment to look around Hackings and view available plots and homes.
Elker Lane, Billington, Clitheroe BB7 9HZ | T: 07827 331078 E: firstname.lastname@example.org | W: www.hackingscaravanpark.co.uk
A picturesque park providing a haven to relax and unwind. Ideally located just one mile from the market town of Clitheroe, and the picturesque village of Waddington. Shireburne Park offers a 12-month holiday and fully residential pitches, in beautiful landscaped surroundings. Come and try before you buy in one of our two luxury holiday homes, you will be sure to appreciate the welcoming surroundings and friendliness.
Shireburne Park is an ideal base for a relaxing holiday or for exploring Pendle Hill country. Clitheroe offers good shopping facilities, a thriving market, tea-rooms and restaurants We are situated within walking distance of Waddington, which is home to three traditional pet friendly country pubs all serving great food. Come and see for yourself the beauty of the park, where you will find a friendly welcome 7 days a week.!
Edisford Bridge, Clitheroe BB7 3LB T: 01200 423422 | E: email@example.com | W: www.shireburnepark.co.uk
Three Rivers Woodland Park Set in its 22 acres of picturesque, ancient woodland within the Forest of Bowland AONB and in the heart of the Ribble Valley, Three Rivers is the ideal place for a country retreat, whist still only 2 miles from Clitheroe. The Park has spectacular views of Pendle Hill and the surrounding countryside along with several footpaths and bridleways that lead straight into it. Having recently changed ownership, the new family firm are making major improvements. The Clubhouse is being fully refurbished, including its two bars,
swimming pool, reception and family room. There is a new shop and cafe with a gym and studio on the way. Three Rivers also boasts play areas and lots of green space, with woodland walks, a secret garden and a fishing pond all getting a new lease of life. The park’s 50 week holiday and year round residential licence make it the perfect place to find your own piece of the Ribble Valley. Your dream home deserves an extra special location so why not give the friendly staff a call for more information.
Moor Lane, West Bradford, Clitheroe BB7 3JG T: 01200 423523 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Weddings & Events
The Shooting Lodge
Weddings & Events Set in 150 acres of rolling countryside, Hobbit Hill is a stunning location for a rural teepee or marquee wedding. With panoramic far reaching views, Hobbit Hill is a truly romantic blank canvas for your bespoke event. The whole site becomes “exclusively yours”. From small intimate gatherings to an exquisite grand aﬀair.
The Shooting Lodge
Enjoy a luxury glamping experience in the heart of the Ribble Valley. Set amidst the outstanding natural beauty of the famous Tolkien Trail – take time out in our comfortable, cosy Hobbit Cabins.
The Shooting Lodge nestles in its own landscaped gardens, with fabulous wide open views across the Ribble Valley and down towards the river. The beautifully designed lodge has a fully ﬁtted kitchen, breakfast bar, lounge, dining area and bathroom, with a double bedroom on the ﬁrst ﬂoor. Sleeping 2 guests in the double bedroom, but ample room downstairs provides the option for a further 2 guests on occasional beds if required.
Enjoy cycling, walking, exploring or simply relax, sit round your ﬁre pit and take in the superb views! Hobbit Hill cabins accommodate up to 16 people – great for a family get together and group bookings. Caravans and tent electric hook ups also available.
The Shooting Lodge is available for holidays and short breaks and can be included exclusively in your Wedding Package along with the Hobbit Hill cabins.
Hobbit Hill | Foxﬁelds Farm | Whalley Road | Stonyhurst | Clitheroe | Lancashire | BB7 9PN Tel 07535 638 049