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At the Centre of the Kingdom lies the hidden gem that is Ribble Valley. Wide open spaces, breathtaking countryside, and freedom and fresh air abundant, Ribble Valley is the perfect place to escape the everyday. With picturesque villages and warm-hearted inhabitants, Ribble Valley is somewhere rather special - and more than worth a visit. From spring-time to autumn, there is always something new to discover in Ribble Valley. The colours of the landscape transform with the seasons, each providing a fresh perceptive on our stunning backdrop. Spring sees the arrival of frolicking lambs, the fresh hues of new bulbs, and bright green buds bursting into leaf from their hibernation. It’s a time for walks in the countryside to witness nature waking up from its winter slumber. The lazy days of summer bring scenes of dappled shade, ideal for relaxing outdoors, paddling in tumbling streams, and lounging in pub gardens after a riverside stroll. When autumn arrives, the fells turn a beautiful orange-brown, adorning our landscape with the richest of colours. The days may get shorter at this time of year, but walks in the autumn are often the most exhilarating. Come winter-time, the valley takes on a new beauty. Sparkling frost decorates the trees and the hedgerows, while a silvery mist hangs over the fields. Crisp country walks are best followed up with a hearty meal, sitting in the warmth of a log fire. Given its year-round beauty, it’s no wonder that most of Ribble Valley is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From the River Ribble to the Bowland Fells, there are countless places for immersing oneself in nature and engaging in adventurous outdoor pursuits. Everyone is welcome: time and time again, the valley is praised for its warm-heartedness and hospitality. visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 3
Welcome 2 Wonderful Views
A Rich Heritage
Historic Towns and Villages 12 A Food Heaven
A Cultural Valley
SPRING 20 A Walker’s Paradise
Cycling 26 Healthy Living
SUMMER 38 Summer Family Fun
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AUTUMN 56 A Bountiful Harvest
Walks with Taste
WINTER 74 Into the Forest
STAYCATION 92 Country House Hotels
Escape to the Country
Under the Stars
Discover the Freedom
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Ribble Valley hosts some of the most amazing viewpoints in the north of England. The majestic Pendle Hill dominates the landscape in Ribble Valley. Its relative isolation on the edge of the Pennines and the Bowland Fells makes it an iconic feature of the landscape. For generations, Pendle Hill has been an inspiration to both visitors and locals alike, one of the most famous being George Fox, the founding father of the Quaker movement. Fox’s vision of God here, in the early 1600s, inspired him to begin what is now a worldwide religious movement.
Beneath the hill lie pretty villages, which reveal a history of intrigue and witchcraft spanning 400 years. Twelve alleged witches, who lived in the local area, were charged with the murders of ten people by ‘the use of witchcraft’. There’s more to Ribble Valley than meets the eye. Another stunning viewpoint is Longridge Fell, the most southerly fell in North of England. From the fell’s 1150ft (350m) summit, views across Preston, the Fylde Coast and the Yorkshire Dales can be enjoyed. On clearer days, it’s also possible to catch sight of the Lake District, the Isle of Man and even the Snowdonia mountain range.
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The River Ribble is one of the north of England’s most dramatic rivers, making a 75-mile journey from its source in the Yorkshire Dales to the Ribble Estuary near Lytham. The River weaves and turns through the Ribble Valley countryside, passing numerous villages on the way. Follow the river and stumble upon everything from historic Roman forts, to the awe-inspiring views that inspired Middle Earth in J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’. As well as numerous riverside trails, there are many opportunities for fishing in Ribble Valley. There really is something for everyone.
The River Hodder is one of the most peaceful and unspoilt rivers in the north of England. It begins its 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 into the large Stocks Reservoir, which provides much of Lancashire’s water. The Hodder rises on White Hill and flows for approximately 23 miles to the mighty River Ribble, entering at its largest tributary, and passing through the Duchy Estate owned by Her Majesty the Queen. It takes in the picturesque villages of Slaidburn and Dunsop Bridge, the spectacular Inn at Whitewell, and the world-renowned Stonyhurst estate. The river then passes under the iconic Cromwell’s Bridge. Interesting fact: the bridge earned its name after Oliver Cromwell’s 8,000-strong Parliamentary army crossed the bridge during the march from Skipton to intercept the Royalists in 1648.
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A RICH HERITAGE 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 historic backdrop. What’s more, the breathtaking Stonyhurst College served as a source of inspiration for the prolific author JRR Tolkien and his book ‘Lord of the Rings’. In addition to its history, Ribble Valley also plays host to vibrant cultural, music, art and food events. Although paused in recent times, these eclectic events will be up and running again soon.
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 fresh air and beauty of Ribble Valley.
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HISTORIC TOWNS AND VILLAGES
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CLITHEROE Clitheroe is a vibrant market town with a bustling high street and side streets full of character, revealing independent shops, galleries, eateries and more. Offering panoramic views, Clitheroe Castle crowns the town from an elevated position. Down below, there are countless places to discover—whether you enjoy browsing shops, arts and culture, delving into history, or sampling fantastic food and drink. While walking through Clitheroe, you are bound to notice the aroma of freshly-ground coffee which emanates from the delightful Exchange Coffee. There are also countless bars throughout the town serving ﬁne wines, locally brewed beers and deliciously cool cocktails. One of the most popular venues is Holmes Mill: home to Bowland Beer Hall and a Food Hall bursting with local produce, the complex also has a gelato parlour, patisserie café, and hotel.
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WHALLEY Nestled at the foot of Whalley Nab, alongside the River Calder, lies the village of Whalley. It’s a place steeped in history and rural charm. One of the village’s most popular places to visit is Whalley Abbey, a former Cistercian monastery from the 14th century. Today, its stone walls surround a stunning conference centre and retreat, and the expansive grounds are open for exploration.
They say good things come in small packages—this certainly applies to Whalley. 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.
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Berry Lane, Longridge
LONGRIDGE Longridge is so aptly named as it sits on a hilltop, a long ridge, with stunning views across the countryside. The ideal place to begin your visit is the Heritage and Visitor Centre located in the Old Station, right in the centre of the town. Here you can find out about Longridge’s fascinating history and pick up local walking guides, history trails, and a variety of information to help you learn more about this attractive town.
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The main street, Berry Lane, is very much the hub of the town. There’s a thriving selection of shops, from charmingly unique art, crafts and homeware, to jewellery and accessories, shoes, and designer clothing. There is a pleasant blend of longstanding family businesses and more recent arrivals.
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Villages and hamlets form the heart of Ribble Valley. From the beautifully preserved Downham village, sitting under the Pendle Hill, to the floral capital that is Chipping, each has its own character. Each has its own history and traditions too; Roman Ribchester, and Dunsop Bridge, the official centre of the United Kingdom, particularly stand out. Many of our villages are described in greater detail in this guide, as we explore Ribble Valley through the seasons. visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 15
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. Every care is taken to ensure your visit is both welcoming and safe.
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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.
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A CULTURAL VALLEY Whatever time of year you visit, Ribble Valley usually offers a packed programme of festivals, events and cultural activities for all the family. Clearly, this has had to be put on hold recently, but we anticipate a bounce back in the future, once it is safe to host large gatherings again.
Real ale lovers can raise a glass or two at the Middle Earth Beer Festival in Hurst Green, whilst fine food and drink connoisseurs meet face-to-face with some of the world’s greatest chefs at the Obsession Festival of Food and Wine, Northcote Manor.
In the heart of our farming community, we have traditional country fairs and shows like the Hodder Valley Show, Chipping Agricultural Show and Goosnargh & Longridge Show, celebrating all that’s great about our farming heritage and country life.
Ususally on May Day bank holiday weekend, Clitheroe town beats to the rhythm of jazz during the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival. In July, the Ribchester Roman Museum hosts a weekend of re-enactments and heritage-related activities. We are looking forward to the return of these and other popular events. To find out more, check out our events diary, where we hope events will begin to feature again soon. www.visitribblevalley/events
Hodder Valley Show
Chipping Steam Fair
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Slaidburn Steam Fair
Ribble Valley Jazz Festival
RIBBLE VALLEY IS ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Hodder Valley Show
There’s nothing quite like live music, and once again we soon hope to welcome it back. Ribble Valley is home to not only many talented home-sprung musicians and bands, but a plethora of venues and genres to delight all earbuds. From the mirth and jollity of summer music festivals, to laid back acoustic evenings in the local pubs throughout the year, you can sit back and soak up (or else get up and dance along to) all kinds of musical performances. Supporting live music is a great way to experience something unique, and you may well discover a new favourite band or artist along the way. All this amazing talent is still here, it’s just waiting to reappear again soon.
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SPRING in Ribble Valley
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Spring is the perfect time to get out and explore the countryside as it awakens from its winter slumber. It is often said that there are more sheep than people in Ribble Valley, and this seems so no time more than in spring; young lamb can be seen skipping around the fields and on the fells, fresh with new-born energy. They are great fun to watch. Keep a good distance and your dog on a leash, so the soonto-be sheep can frolic safely into the year.
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Ribble Valley is an explosion of colour in the spring, with bulbs bursting out of the soil and the first leaves of trees emerging in fresh shades of green. It’s a time of year like no other. If you are awake early enough, you’ll hear the daily dawn chorus of birdsong, as the sparrows, starlings and blue tits come out of hibernation and begin searching for a mate. The best way to experience the countryside is on foot, thereby escaping the sounds and sights of urban life. Once you’re in the country, you’ll never want to go back; there’s something so exquisitely refreshing about soaking in unspoilt landscapes while inhaling a fresh country breeze.
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Included here are some of the photographs submitted to our annual photographic competition, by entrants who share our love for Ribble Valley.
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A WALKERS PARADISE River Ribble, Sawley
Ribble Valley is a genuine walker’s paradise. This unspoiled corner of rural East Lancashire has it all: gentle rolling countryside, wooded river valleys and some challenging hill walks for those with an appetite for adventure. These stunning landscapes are criss-crossed with footpaths and bridleways and there’s a huge selection of circular walks – ranging from riverside rambles and gentle afternoon ambles through scenic villages, to open fells offering stunning views for the more energetically inclined. And after working up a healthy appetite amid Ribble Valley’s stunning scenery, what better way to reward your exertions than with a hearty meal at one of the region’s many gastropubs and characterful country inns? The Valley’s bustling market towns and picturesque villages are home to some of the best gastropubs in Britain, with outstanding eateries, many of which win national awards for their food and hospitality. 24 | visitribblevalley.co.uk
Forest of Bowland
Stepping Stones, Whitewell
Enjoyment for Everyone Ribble Valley, whilst breathtakingly beautiful, can sometimes be challenging for people with walking impairments. However, at Gisburn Forest, accessibility has been extended to as many people as possible thanks to the ‘Tramper’. 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 Ribble Valley wilderness. Go on a solo expedition, or enjoy a fantastic day out with friends and family. Thanks to the Tramper, people of all ages and abilities are now able to traverse the enchanting Gisburn Forest and explore and enjoy the countryside for themselves. visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 25
CYCLING Trough of Bowland
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Hodder Valley from Whitewell
Another way to discover Ribble Valley is on two wheels. An exhilarating cycling adventure around the Ribble Valley countryside is an unforgettable experience. The expansive landscapes and relatively peaceful cycle routes make for an exhilarating day out for all ages. What makes a Ribble Valley cycling experience even more special is that there are so many tourism businesses keen to make cyclists welcome. Many offer bike storage facilities and even cycling meal deals. There are also plenty of places where bikes can be hired, electric ones included. Many mountain bike enthusiasts will be happy to know that the Ribble Valley is also host to a collection of off-road routes to enjoy. The most popular ‘break-point’ for keen off-road fans is, without question, Gisburn Forest. It’s populated by many purpose-built off-road trails, all designed to get your adrenaline levels pumping and to give an adventure you’ll never forget.
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HEALTHY LI In addition to the many outdoor opportunities for staying fit and well, Ribble Valley also boasts some amazing indoor experiences. A fantastic gym in Whalley has the aim of encouraging healthy lifestyles, with fabulous new facilities open to both locals and visitors to the area. With over 18 years’ experience in the health and fitness sector, Phil Moss is an expert when it comes to designing personal fitness plans and helping to motivate clients reach their goals. PLM Health & Fitness is more than just a gym, offering a bespoke service where everyone is welcomed and looked after as an individual. The atmosphere in PLM Health and Fitness is designed to be inviting, with state-of-the-art equipment and a friendly atmosphere. “We are here for everybody regardless of age, ability or fitness”. PLM Fitness owner Phil Moss explains: “Our ethos is to promote health and wellness as a lifestyle. We are a team of educated professionals in our respective fields - personal training and sports science - combining to offer unique services to the community”.
Unique Visitor Package at PLM Fitness PLM is perfect for keeping on top of your fitness if you are visiting the Ribble Valley, as their luxury Whalley-based gym is open 24/7 and offers visitors passes for 1 week. The exciting times continue as PLM Fitness are opening their second site soon at Holmes Mill, Clitheroe. Those interested can sign up to the mailing list on the PLM Fitness website: www.plmfitness.com 28 | visitribblevalley.co.uk
Pure Pampering at Stanley House Over at Stanley House, the Spa must be seen to be believed. The Day Spa is purpose-built ‘journey’ of discovery. Treatment rooms, relaxation rooms, thermal suite, hydro pool and relaxing settings, all with rural views, come together to create the most idyllic spa experience. By day the spa is fresh and full of light, forming a close relationship with the acres of rural landscape. By night the Spa becomes a moody and intriguing space, with various lighting themes to indulge the senses. A sense of luxury is evident throughout the concept. Enjoy a ‘one on one’ welcome, private dressing/ grooming rooms, a spacious spa lounge with choice of seating, a purpose-built Double Treatment Suite with double aspect views and imaginative mood lighting within the Thermal and Hydro Suite. Stanley House and Spa is pure indulgence and a refreshing experience for body and mind.
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With the dark nights of winter behind us, spring brings fresh colour into the countryside, as well as onto the menus of local restaurants, many of which take great pride in using locally sourced and wild food. In local woodlands mushrooms and wild garlic are beginning to appear. The countryside is bursting into life and what a great time to get out and enjoy a refreshing walk in beautiful Ribble Valley Countryside, followed by a delicious meal in one of our amazing eateries On farms across Ribble Valley cows are out to pasture again, following a winter under shelter, so there is plenty of good local milk for the production of cheese in local dairies, and there are so many varieties of Lancashire Cheese to discover. Why now spring into action and enjoy the tastes of the Ribble Valley countryside? This is a just a sample of the huge range of eating establishments available, all of which are open throughout year.
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Bowland Wild Boar Park Chipping, Preston PR3 2HB t: 01995 61075 | www.wildboarpark.co.uk
Shepherd’s Hut, Holden Clough Nursery Holden, Bolton-by-Bowland BB7 4PF t: 01200 447615 | www.holdencloughnursery.com
Little Town Farm Shop Chipping Road, Thornley, Longridge PR3 2TB t: 01772 786198 | www.littletownfarmshop.co.uk
Lower Buck Inn Edisford Road, Waddington BB7 3HU t: 01200 423342 | www.thelowerbuck.com
Ribchester Arms Blackburn Road, Ribchester PR3 3ZP t: 01254 820888 | www.robinsonsbrewery.com/ribchesterarms
Three Rivers Woodland Park Eaves Hall Lane, West Bradford BB7 3JG t: 01200 423523 | www.threeriverspark.co.uk
Waddow Hall Waddington Road, Clitheroe BB7 3LD t: 01200 423186 | www.girlguidingactivitycentres.org.uk/waddow
The White Bull Church Street, Ribchester, Preston PR3 3XP t: 01254 878048 | www.whitebullribchester.com
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Greatest Days Making the most of your visit to Whalley and Mitton.
WHALLEY, TRULY INDEPENDENT
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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. They say good things come in small packages— this certainly applies to the village of Whalley. 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.
Staying on for more A hearty meal at the Swan Inn, Whalley
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Dogs are welcome in the hotel or whilst dining on the outside terrace.
All rooms are equipped with wifi, an en-suite with a bath and shower, a TV, a hair dryer and tea and coffee.
The hotel has a total of 44 rooms, and a variety of options for guests to choose from to ensure their stay is as comfortable and as well-suited to their needs as possible. The hotel has spa facilities, including a swimming pool, a sauna, a steam room and a small gym. The spa is fully available to guests between 7am and 10pm.
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Foxfields is the home of Artisan Ribble Valley. It’s in the name. It’s who we are. It’s what we do. Born out of passion of where we’re from; Artisan Ribble Valley is a food celebration of county pride and Ribble Valley love, infused with fantastic mouthwatering produce from our local, cherry-picked, independent award-winning artisan producers. All brought together under one roof, with a little added theatre and a modern twist.
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One of the Walks with Taste can be enjoyed here, a circular 4.8km/3-mile circular walks from the Aspinall Arms which should take around 1.5 hours, after which a hearty lunch can be enjoyed at the Aspinall Arms. Alternatively, just up the road, and on the route of your walk, you will find Mitton
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Worth a special mention is the multi-award-winning outdoor footwear 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. Here you will be able to collect the whole series of ‘Walks with Taste’ ready for your afternoon walk. A new feature in Whalley, is the Salvage House Collective, who describe themselves as the funkiest bunch of independent retailers, a barber and other creatives, who are based in a converted industrial unit in Whalley. Dubbed ‘The Consortium of Cool’, here you will also find a regular pop-up bar with music and street food.
MITTON RIVERSIDE ELEGANCE
The nearby hamlet of Mitton 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 - a traditional English pub! The Aspinall is a 19th Century coaching Inn, that sits on the banks of the River Ribble, overlooking the All-Hallows’ 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. Outside you will find beautifully terraced landscaped gardens, and the River Ribble running by, perfect on a Spring or summer day.
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 stunning gardens which are open for exploration. Another visitors’ delight here 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.
STAYING ON FOR THE EVENING? If you fancy staying on - A hearty meal at the Swan Inn Whalley, a traditional English pub will round your day in Whalley off very nicely!
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Making the most of your visit to Sawley and Holden Clough.
At a glance Where to Begin
Explore Sawley village and the ruins of Sawley Abbey
Morning Coffee at the Spread Eagle Riverside Inn
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RIVERSIDE HAVEN Sawley is a small village, nestled deep within the Ribble Valley countryside. It is where you can explore the remains of Sawley Abbey, a Cistercian abbey founded in 1148 and set close to the River Ribble, overlooking a beautiful backdrop of dramatic hills. Close by is the award-winning Spread Eagle, one of the most well-known pubs in Ribble Valley and the perfect place to start the day before setting out to explore the local countryside on one of the ‘Walks with Taste’. The Spread Eagle is a dog friendly, former coaching inn, offering warm welcoming hospitality all day.
A GARDENER’S HEAVEN After lunch it is just a short drive to Holden Clough Nursery. Holden Clough Nursery is set in the idyllic hamlet of Holden, near Bolton-by-Bowland, and offers the ultimate gardening experience for visitors of all ages. A delightful and inspiring garden centre, it comes complete with a wholesome tearoom and gift shop. The Glasshouse at Holden Clough has become a shopping destination in itself. An eclectic emporium that takes you from unique antiques through to industrial chic, it is brimming with a fine selection of unusual houseplants. The Garden Kitchen, where the synergy between food and garden meet. Here you can experience a sumptuous afternoon tea. If time permits there is another garden-based gem just up the road, at ‘Be a Garden Maker’, a characterful garden centre that offers something for the whole family, including planting sessions for children, BBQ masterclasses and nature-inspired craft workshops. Plus, a visit can be enhanced by enjoying a drink or afternoon tea at their on-site tearoom, Nectar. Throughout the garden centre, you will also find art exhibitions as well as antiques and reclaimed items for sale, both for the garden and the home.
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IF YOU FANCY STAYING ON FOR MORE At the end of the day, why not finish your day out in this beautiful area with supper out, by calling into the Coach and Horses, which is close by. This traditional Coaching Inn is set in the idyllic village of Bolton by Bowland in the heart of the Ribble Valley.
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Try our Walk with Taste This attractive circular walk from the Spread Eagle is 6.2 miles/10km long and will take around 3.5 hours to complete, by which time you will be ready for a hearty lunch back at this popular riverside Inn. We recommend you book a table to avoid disappointment! Livestock will be grazin g in most
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Making the most of your visit to Slaidburn and Gisburn Forest.
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Leaving Gisburn Forest we now head for the pretty village of Bolton-by-Bowland, which is 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 fully appreciate this picturesque village and the surrounding countryside is to follow the Walk with Taste, taking a 3 mile (4.6km) circular stroll through the finest parkland scenery in the Forest of Bowland and finally A RIVERS PICNIC BEIDE RAMBLE AND returning to the village. The SIDE THE RIBBLE walks leaflet can be collected W A L KS with from the Coach and Horses, a real traditionalwww.wcountry inn, halleyoutdoo in Ribble Va r.co.uk lley ON THIS WA LK WITH TA and somewhere to enjoy STE great food after your walk.
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SLAIDBURN RURAL IDYLL Since the early 19th century, the village of Slaidburn has remained untouched and is a serene, 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, a coffee stop, with the adjacent riverside meadow being great for picnics. The Hark to Bounty is another favourite place to visit. 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. Another traditional event to look out for is the May Queen Festival.
INTO THE FOREST Gisburn Forest is a short drive from Slaidburn and is definitely the destination for a great outdoors experience with fantastic cycling and walking opportunities in the heart of the beautiful Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Situated in the upper Hodder Valley, Gisburn Forest is the largest wooded area in Lancashire. It is home to conifers, spruce, and a huge variety of wildlife. There is ample parking and picnic sites, as well as a café and toilets at the Gisburn Forest Hub, from where you can enjoy way-marked routes. There are 16km of mountain bike trails across the forest which have been created by Forestry England and a volunteer group of trail builders. After deciding which level of track- you would like to take at the Skills Hoop at the Hub, set off to traverse the wide range of trails, from beginner through to expert, all while enjoying the exhilaration of fresh air and beautiful surrounding forest.
The forest has an array of habitats that support varied wildlife. These include a wide range of bird species including important birds of prey such as Hen Harriers and the Short-Eared Owl. There is a continuing programme of planting more broadleaved trees across the forest, to help continue the diversification of habitats as well as provide visual improvements to the landscape. In the centre of the forest is Stocks Reservoir, which, when full, holds up to 12 billion litres (2.5 billion gallons) of water, collected continuously from the 3,750 hectares of surrounding land. The forest Hub is a great place to grab a lunchtime snack in the cafe! Enjoy freshly made coffee, hot and cold drinks. And to eat, there are breakfast barms, toasties and treats. Homemade cakes, picnic lunches and, for a warm day, delicious local ice cream.
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SUMMER in Ribble Valley
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Sunflower by Tara Thompson by Daniel Fielding
Included here are some of the photographs submitted to our annual photographic competition, by entrants who share our love for Ribble Valley. Including the winning entry by Emily Travers
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The lazy days of summer are just perfect in Ribble Valley. The flora and fauna are in their full glory and the longer, sunny days are ideal for exploration.
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Ribble Valley offers countless opportunities for fun days out. Be it feeding the ducks or tours of manor houses, there’s something to suit all ages and budgets. Sunny days are made extra special paddling in moorland streams or enjoying one of the varieties of homemade ice creams made here in the local area. For those of you without a car or who would like a day off from the driving, hop on one of the numerous local buses. Timetables can be picked up from The Platform Gallery Tourist Information Centre in Clitheroe and regular buses run throughout the Ribble Valley.
by Mo Lambat We believe (and are sure you’ll agree) that Ribble Valley is so naturally beautiful that practically anywhere outside can be enjoyed on a sunny day and that no day is truly ruined by a bit of summer rain. Simply don your finest raincoat and wellies and brave the outdoors! Besides, you’ll never be too far away from a welcome cup of tea or a hostelry with a cosy log fire. visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 41
SUMMER FAM Explore the farm! Meet our farm animals at Mrs Dowsons Farm Park we are passionate about giving our visitors the opportunity to see, touch and engage with our friendly farm animals, explore the countryside and experience a real working farm!
Don’t miss our BIG BARN! NEW! The BIG BARN is home to donkeys, sheep and alpacas who are waiting for you to come and feed them!
Fun activities and talks Ever wanted to know why a cow has four stomachs? How we feed the baby calves, or how we farm and conserve the fields and wildlife that call the farm home? We have lots of different talks and activities throughout the day including talks from our real farmers!
Explore our farmland Take in the fresh country air with a walk on our nature trail and meet some of our animals, big and small, along the way. We also have exciting tractor rides!
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MILY FUN Come Home To Nature
Visit Bowland Wild Boar Park, situated in the Forest of Bowland, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Packed with adventure for the whole family; see the animals, explore their habitats and meet our smaller residents in the animal petting area. Adventure around the 62 acres by foot or tractor rides, taking in our lovely nature trails and views. Remember to refuel in our refurbished Café and Ice Cream Parlour. We also have our Rare Breed meat sales in the shop. Our Barn and Education Centre are home to indoor and undercover activities for your enjoyment come rain or shine.
• Family Tickets Available • 2 and under go free Please check website for admission prices and opening times.
• Large outdoor play area • Ice Cream Parlour and Café • Barrel, Tractor & Trailer Rides, Tank Experience • Lamb Feeding, Chick Holding • Camping Pods • See Llamas, Red Deer, Meerkats and lots more!
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PICNIC COUNTRY SHOPS
Ribble Valley was just made for picnics. Not only does it have beautiful locations to discover but also an amazing range of local food, available fresh right here at number of great outlets. To find the tastiest local food, here are just a few places to choose from.
Bowland Food Hall Bowland Food Hall is a wonderful showcase of the finest, tastiest, and healthiest food and drink from local producers, farmers and growers - within Lancashire and beyond. The Food Hall is about quality and provenance; the Delicatessen provides you the chance to craft your own buddha bowl from freshly made salads. There is a huge range of pies, pasties, samosas and savoury delights, and just past the deli they have an extensive range of sumptuous cheeses. The Bowland Food Hall also has a 'Picnic to Go' a range of delicious goodies from their deli counter especially selected for alfresco grazing. www.holmesmill.co.uk/food-hall 44 | visitribblevalley.co.uk
Little Town Farm Shop, Longridge Situated close to Longridge, on the edge of the Forest of Bowland, Little Town is a friendly, family-run business which prides itself on supplying the highest quality produce, most of which is baked or sourced locally. Selling a full range of dairy products from Little Town Dairy, such as yogurts, creme fraiche and ice-cream and more, they also sell country home-cooked foods such as pies, cakes and freshly baked bread. Little Town also have a café where you can pause while taking a coffee, before you set out to explore Ribble Valley with the goodies for your picnic. www.littletownfarmshop.co.uk
Chipping Farm Shop Another friendly place to do your picnic shopping is in the picturesque setting of Chipping Village. At Chipping Farm Shop, you can buy excellent quality produce from local farms and businesses in and around Chipping. The village is known for its cheese makers, so the Farm Shop is a great place to buy local cheeses including Procter's, Greenfield's, Leagram Organic and Laund Farm Sheep Cheese, to name a few. They also sell homemade pies, traditional ales, fine wines, fresh fruit and vegetables, and lots of organic produce and more besides. www.chippingfarmshop.co.uk
Roy Porters, Chatburn Another legendary food outlet is Roy Porter where you will find an amazing selection of home-made pies, perfect for a picnic feast. Every pie is carefully hand-made on the premises of the shop in the pretty village of Chatburn, which is just situated outside Clitheroe. The team take great care in sourcing all our bmeat and free range chickens using local farmers and producers to ensure the best tastes for customers 9 Bridge Road, Chatburn BB7 4AW 01200 441392
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PICNIC FAVOURITES If you really fancy a taste of Ribble Valley, here are a few of our favourite locally made products.
Procter’s Cheese famous Kick Ass cheddar and Leagram’s Organic Cheese are two popular choices. And if you’re not the driver and fancy a local tipple, why not try one of the award-winning varieties of Ribble Valley gin or a local beer made at the Bowland Brewery? Hen Harrier is a popular choice.
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Trough of Bowland
Having purchased your local produce to top up your picnic, you can head for a variety of weather can play an important part in your decision where to go. Here are a few tips. Nick of Pendle – park here and you can walk directly out onto Pendle Hill. You won’t need to go far to find peace, tranquillity and wonderful views. It’s the perfect choice for a clear, still day. Trough of Bowland is another scenic favourite, especially on a hot sunny day. Here you will find a moorland brook for a paddle after lunch. The woodland glades in Spring Wood, Whalley, offer a more sheltered option where you will find picnic benches close to the car park. There are public conveniences here too, along with woodland walks on surfaced paths.
Spring Wood If you are really seeking wild open spaces then head for Bowland Knotts, high up above Stocks reservoir near Gisburn Forest. The views here are spectacular on a warm summer’s day. If you would like to picnic in a beautiful village then there are riverside open spaces to enjoy at Downham, Dunsop Bridge and Slaidburn, each of which also has a café for that all-important afternoon ice cream! Other favourite picnic spots include the Riverside at Ribchester, the beautiful castle grounds at Clitheroe, Jeffrey Hill where you can take in spectacular views across Chipping, and finally, where better for a summertime splash than at Edisford Bridge, Clitheroe. visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 47
The long hazy days of Summer, provide the chance to really get out and enjoy the great outdoors and Ribble Valley has some stunning locations to discover. Summer is a time for picnics in beautiful places, a chance to splash in a moorland brook or sit on top of a hill, soaking up the breath-taking scenery. It is also a time for ice cream for which Ribble Valley has a particular reputation, with many local producers including Mrs Dowsons and Uncle Bobs and of course Hudson’s Ice Cream of Chatburn which has been serving customers since 1947. Summer dining also means to chance to enjoy one of the many outdoor dining experiences with a huge selection of pub garden and alfresco experiences to choose from. This is a just a sample of the huge range of eating establishments available, all of which are open throughout year.
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Aspinall Arms, Mitton Mitton Rd, Mitton, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9PQ t: 01254 826 555 | www.brunningandprice.co.uk/aspinallarms
The Calf’s Head Worston, Clitheroe BB7 1QA t: 01200 441218 | www.calfshead.co.uk
The Gibbon Bridge Hotel Chipping, Forest of Bowland PR3 2TQ t: 01995 61456 | www.gibbon-bridge.co.uk
Greendale View Kitchen Downham Rd, Chatburn, Clitheroe BB7 4DL t: 01200 441517 | www.greendaleviewbandb.co.uk
The Inn at Whitewell Clitheroe, Forest of Bowland BB7 3AT t: 01200 448222 | www.innatwhitewell.com
Mitton Hall Mitton Road, Mitton. Near Whalley BB7 9PQ t: 01254 826 544 | www.mittonhallhotel.co.uk
Potters Barn Church Street, Ribchester, Nr Preston PR3 3YE t: 01254 878431 | www.potters-barn.com
Breda Murphy’s 41 Station Rd, Whalley, Clitheroe BB7 9RH t: 01254 823446 | www.bredamurphy.co.uk
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Making the most of your visit to Bashall and Waddington.
At a glance Your first stop on arrival
Browsholme Hall and Gardens
At the tearoom
At one of the Country Inns in Waddington
Walk Waddington Fell or visit the Brungerley Sculpture Trail
Staying for more?
Returning to one of Waddington’s country Inns
OFF TO A GOOD START We suggest you start the day at Browsholme Hall, a nationally important Grade I listed historic house. The Hall, Gardens and tearoom will be opening on Tuesday and Wednesday from 18th May until 22nd September 2021 (excluding Tuesday 1st June and 10th August) when you can visit this beautiful privatelyowned Elizabethan home. With the Parker family still living there, Browsholme is Lancashire’s oldest family home, dating back 14 generations. Guests can view the magnificent interior and external architecture, as well as explore the Victorian gardens and further grounds, including a picturesque lake and woodland. Events are hosted here throughout the year. Close by in Backridge, you will find Melt, a wonderful sensory shopping experience. Open every day Melt have been hand making scented candles and reed diffusers over twenty years from their idyllic and peaceful rural premises in the heart of the Ribble Valley. More recently Melt have developed their business from luxury home fragrances and now also offer organic body, skincare, and perfumery products. And their luxury gift shop, reading room and chandlery are a delight to visit. The quintessentially English village of Waddington is next on our day out, a regular winner of Lancashire’s Best Kept Village Award. Perched on the outskirts of Clitheroe, with its babbling brook and coronation gardens, this is a must-stop on your excursion through the Ribble Valley. A designated conservation area, Waddington oozes charm with great places to explore and discover real British heritage, such as St Helen’s Church, an attractive Victorian rebuild.
And as it is time for lunch, Waddington offers a great variety of places to eat. The Waddington Arms or Lower Buck are both vibrant pubs with varied menus, full of new and classic dishes to cater for all the family. Also close to Waddington, stands 17th Century Waddow Hall, in 178 acres of lush countryside overlooking the River Ribble. Owned by the association of Girl Guiding UK, the hall is open to the public, hosting special events and a restaurant providing great quality, locally sourced food. You can walk in the grounds and enjoy views over the River Ribble. After lunch we suggest it is time for some fresh air, and there is a choice of a good walk routes in this area.
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OPEN COUNTRYSIDE A short drive up the hill from Waddington and you will be in open moorland where you are at your leisure, although we recommend you stay on the established tracks and if you have a dog, you must keep it under close control as there are animals on the fell and during spring, nesting birds. Up here the scenery is simply stunning, and a good brisk walk can always be concluded at the Parkers Arms Newton in Bowland, a gastronomic delight!
SCULPTURE TRAIL If you prefer a gentler stroll then why not try the Sculpture Trail in Brungerley Park which is just a few minutes’ drive towards Clitheroe, after which you could always slip back up to Waddington for your tea!
Try our Walk with Taste If you prefer to have good guide on your walking route then leave the car in UPHILL AND DOW N LANCASHIRE’S PRE DALE AROUND TTIEST VILLAGE Waddington and follow on W ALKS of our walks with Taste, a with self-guided circular walking in Ribble Valley route from the Waddington Arms. The walk is 7km/4.3 miles and will take 2-2.5 hours and will take in some glorious countryside along the way, returning of course to the Waddington Arms where some local hospitality awaits! Livestock will be grazin g in most
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Distance: 7km / 4.3mil es
Time: 2 to 2½ hours
Moderate: 160m of ascent on good paths with several stiles.
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Greatest Days Making the most of your visit to Ribchester.
At a glance Where to Begin
Explore the beautiful village of Ribchester
Morning Coffee at Potters Barn Café, maybe trying your hand at pottery painting.
Stroll around the village visiting the galleries, museum, and historic sites.
Ribchester Arms or the White Bull.
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Visit Stydd Gardens followed by a trip up to Jeffrey Hill to take a walk to the summit.
Staying on for more
Return to Ribchester and enjoy a sumptuous meal at whichever venue you did not sample at lunchtime!
Wet Weather Options
The Palace cinema in nearby Longridge
Ribchester is one of Ribble Valley’s prettiest villages set alongside one of the most beautiful stretches of the River Ribble. A place steeped in history, where visitors are warmly welcomed. Ribchester has a unique Roman heritage, as it was the location of the cavalry fort known as Brematennacum. The best place to start your visit is to step back to 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, and the old Granaries, both of which are free to explore. Some summers there are archaeological excavations in which visitors are invited to view and sometimes even participate in. After visiting the historic sites, make sure to relax at the award-winning Potters Barn local café situated in the heart of the village and offering outstanding home cooked food from locally sourced produce, with special dietary requirements particularly well catered for. Having enjoyed your traditional Lancashire Fayre, stroll into the gift shop 52 | visitribblevalley.co.uk
Roman Ruins, Ribchester
and browse the extensive range of handcrafted gifts and unique ideas for the home, or if you are feeling creative, take part in the pottery painting with a personalised memento of your time spent in this historic village. Elsewhere in the village you will discover the Rollinson gallery where you will see paintings by local artist Geoff Rollinson including all aspects of the Countryside, from birds to butterflies, and landscapes to livestock. Further up the village, you will find Ascot studio, where there is a constantly rotating selection of original and collectible artwork on display. One building to see is possibly one of the most photographed pubs in Britain, with its unusual ‘White Bull’ wooden statue above the ‘Pillared’ front, added to the building when it was originally used as a court room with holding cell to deal with the local miscreants! The pillars were said to have been found in the river and are said to be Roman in origin and had been part of ‘The temple of Minerva’, a place of worship in Roman times.
A great place for lunch, the White Bull, which dates back to 1707, has recently reopened following a major refurbishment focussed on recovering all the original features. It is a traditional British village pub serving its community and visitors with quality fresh food menus and an extensive range of drinks. Just down the road another well-known pub, the Ribchester Arms, is also well known for its warmth of welcome and generous hospitality. The Ribchester Arms, a beautiful country inn offering excellent homemade food, wine, ales and located on the edge of the village, is ideal for country walks. Having explored the village centre, be sure to follow the road up towards Longridge Fell to discover the enchanting 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 a beautiful wine bar. If you want to learn about wines or spirits, this is just the place. One of main reasons people enjoy a visit to Stydd, is the sheltered
setting, bathed in sunshine in summer but also picturesque in winter when the water in the garden fountain freezes. A short drive up the road from Stydd you will find Longridge Fell, the most southerly fell in England located at the southern end of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From the fell’s 1,148ft (350m) summit, views are afforded of Preston, the Fylde Coast to Blackpool, the Vale of Chipping, and the fells of the Forest of Bowland. To the north, the Yorkshire Dales including Pen-y-Ghent, can also be seen. Looking to the south, Pendle Hill and Whalley can be seen with Winter Hill and the west in the distance. On clear days, the Lake District, Wales and sometimes the Isle of Man can be observed. To discover this area, you can either take a walk through one of the many forest trails or head straight to Jeffrey Hill where you can park up and take in the sheer beauty of the view before you. There is also a short walk to the summit here too.
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STAYING ON FOR THE EVENING? Having taken in the beauty of Longridge Fell why not pop back to Ribchester for sumptuous meal at either the Ribchester Arms of the White Bull, to end a perfect day out in Ribchester!
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Making the most of your visit to Hurst Green and Chipping.
At a glance Your first stop on arrival
Coffee at Millie’s, Hurst Green
Walk the Tolkien Trail
Hearty lunch at the Shireburn Arms
Scenic drive to and visit Chipping Village
Afternoon tea at Gibbon Bridge Hotel
Staying for more?
Return to Hurst Green for a delicious evening meal
Wet Weather Options
Stay by the open log fire at the Shireburn Arms!
Hurst Green is home to a Ribble Valley gem, Millie’s, a charming tearoom, and ice cream parlour, a great place to start your day.
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JRR TOLKIEN Hurst Green hosts the famous Tolkien Trail walk: it starts in the centre of the village close to the Shireburn Arms, a rustic and dog-friendly country pub, which provides a warm welcome and a delightful hearty Lancashire meal. Following the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien himself, the route, should take around 3 hours to complete, passes by the magnificent Stonyhurst College and spectacular Cromwell Bridge, while taking in the stunning natural beauty and rolling hills of the Lancashire countryside.
Shakespeare and more. Open to the public, the museum is accessible on selected dates throughout the academic year. Once you have completed the Tolkien Trail, you will be ready for lunch at the Shireburn Arms Hurst Green, after which a drive to Chipping via Jeffrey Hill will take you through some of Ribble Valley’s most scenic countryside.
You can collect a self-guided leaflet for the trail at the Shireburn or from Millies. 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 J.R.R. Tolkien. A further reason to visit Stonyhurst is its Old Chapel Museum, which exhibits treasured artefacts pertaining to the likes of 54 | visitribblevalley.co.uk
CHIPPING, A FLORAL GEM The picturesque Bowland village of Chipping has, for generations, been synonymous with a warm and hospitable welcome to visitors and people passing through. Nowhere has the welcome been more longstanding than at the village shop Brabin’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. Built during the reign of Charles II in 1668 by wealthy merchant John Brabin, it was used as his dwelling and a shop from which to trade. On his death he entrusted the property to the village with the provision that it be maintained as a shop. The building is still owned by the local charity which Brabin founded in 1683. In early times, Chipping hosted two annual fairs where cattle would be sold in the street. Later, 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 spot.
Chipping Gibbon Bridge
Another evident characteristic, which you are unable to miss when you visit Chipping, is the abundance of flowers. The village has had a long association with the Britain in Bloom competition, winning recognition locally and nationally. A walk around Chipping is a delight, and another must visit place is the Farm Shop, which offers a range of local produce including a fine selection of cheeses for which Chipping is particularly well known. It is believed that Chipping was the first place where Lancashire cheese was made commercially, and, thanks to the enthusiasm of the Kitching family, traditional Lancashire cheesemaking returned to the village. Using milk from local farms, Leagram is a wholly organic producer of Lancashire cheese. Also, in Chipping is Procter’s Kick-Ass Cheeses a particularly tasty range in various flavours and even a farm specialising in cheese made from Sheep’s milk.
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AFTERNOON TEA IN STYLE To continue your day out in Hurst Green and Chipping, where better than Gibbon Bridge, which must be one of the most elegant and beautiful settings in Lancashire in which to sit and enjoy afternoon tea.
To find out more about your visit to Chipping and Hurst Green www.visitribblevalley.co.uk www.shireburnarmshotel.co.uk
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by Debi Ireland
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Included here are some of the photographs submitted to our annual photographic competition, by entrants who share our love for Ribble Valley.
by Emily Travers
Ribble Valley is an amazing destination all year round, but a visit during the autumn months can be an especially unforgettable experience, with the landscape transforming into a glorious blend of red, orange, brown and yellow as trees and woodlands change the colour of their leaves. The fells transform at this time of year; days can have the most gorgeous mornings with the mist hanging in the valleys of the Hodder. Even the less sunny of days have their own, special beauty too; saturated grey clouds combine with the autumn colours to make for beautifully crisp autumn afternoons. Overcast weather doesn’t mean an overcast atmosphere!
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Here in Ribble Valley autumn is a time for celebration with most towns and villages hosting traditional bonfire night celebrations. Later many of our rural communities also come together to celebrate harvest time. For a perfect country experience on a chilly autumnal day, enjoy one of our popular ‘Walks with Taste’ then visit a country pub where you will be welcomed with warm hospitality and a nice open fire. It’s the perfect setting for enjoying a hearty meal, accompanied by a locally brewed pint of ale. visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 59
BOUNTIFUL HARVEST for you to take home
Cheesemaking in Ribble Valley Since the 13th century, local dairy farmers have been making cheese in Ribble Valley by curdling surplus milk. This could even be done in the smallest of farms, where relatively low daily quantities of surplus milk were accumulated until there was enough curd to make cheese. Two- or three-days’ worth of curd of varying maturity are blended together. This results in a moist and soft cheese that’s unique to Lancashire, much different from other, harder British cheeses. By the 1890s, this unique cheesemaking method had been standardised throughout the county. Since then, it no longer mattered that Lancashire Creamy takes more time and effort to make than Cheshire and Cheddar. It’s worth it and it shows; the traditional method dating back centuries is still in use in Ribble Valley to this day.
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Chipping is believed to be the first place Lancashire cheese was made commercially, and, thanks to the enthusiasm of the Kitching family, traditional Lancashire cheesemaking has returned to the village. Using milk from local farms, Leagram is the only wholly organic producer of Lancashire cheese. From goats’ cheese to sheep’s cheese and more organic cow’s milk varieties, head to Leagram’s cheese, on Moss Lane Chipping, where you will be surrounded by cheesemaking curiosities and learn about cheese making.
The lush pastures on the farm in the chipping area produce excellent milk for cheese making, the well-established Procter family have been making cheese in the area since the 1930s. Procter's flavoured cheeses are well known and widely exported. Also in Chipping, is Laund Farm, home of the Stott family and their sheep’s milk company, which supplies cheese milk to an increasingly popular market.
Leagrams Organic Dairy
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TASTE Ribble Valley ‘Walks with Taste’ is a selection of some of the best pub and café walks in the area. Each individual Walk with Taste is centred on a participating venue where visitors can park safely and enjoy a glorious self-guided walk before returning to sample an authentic taste of Lancashire. Routes vary in length, from a leisurely three-mile ramble to a more challenging six-mile hike. Free route cards include a map and easy-to-follow directions – no map-reading required!
Inn at Whitewell
Walks with Taste are sponsored by ‘Whalley Warm and Dry’, an award winning, family run, outdoor shop located in the heart of Ribble Valley. In their shop in the picturesque village of Whalley, you will find handpicked, high quality brands, and for walking boots, plus a specialist personal boot fitting service, where they customise the boots for free, to ensure you enjoy the full delight of wearing walking boots that feel like they were made just for you. To gear up for your next adventure go to www.whalleyoutdoor.co.uk or call 01254 822220. 62 | visitribblevalley.co.uk
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Leaflets for the Walks with Taste can be downloaded from our website at visitribblevalley.co.uk/portfolio/walks-with-taste or collected from any of the host venues. They are also available from the walking footwear specialist, Whalley Warm and Dry. And if you would like to linger longer and explore this enchanting corner of Lancashire in greater depth, most of the participating establishments also offer comfortable, inviting accommodation. visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 63
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The epic ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy was compiled over the course of some 16 years, and finally published in 1954/55. J.R.R. Tolkien, his wife and other children, regularly stayed at a guest house in the grounds belonging to Stonyhurst College. Their son, John, who was studying for the priesthood at the English College in Rome, was evacuated to the Jesuit seminary at St. Mary’s Hall (now the preparatory school for Stonyhurst College) during the Second World War. J.R.R. Tolkien spent much of his time writing, both at the guest house and in the College itself. J. R. R. Tolkien was renowned for his love of nature and wooded landscapes and the countryside around Stonyhurst is richly beautiful. A number of names which occur in
‘The Lord of the Rings’ are similar to those found locally, including Shire Lane (in Hurst Green) and the River Shirebourn (similar to the name of the family which built Stonyhurst). The ferry at Hacking Hall (still working when J.R.R. Tolkien was here) may have provided the inspiration for the Buckleberry Ferry in the book, and the view from Tom Bombadil’s house may have been based on that from New Lodge. Whatever the direct links which J.R.R. Tolkien used in his book, he certainly spent much of his time at Stonyhurst working on ‘The Lord of the Rings’ in a classroom on the upper gallery of the College. An Oxford Professor of Anglo Saxon and later of English Language and Literature, he even taught a few lessons at the College during his visits. Stonyhurst College is proud of its association with the author, which continued when his younger son Michael taught classics at the College and St Mary’s Hall in the late 1960s and early 1970s. With the opening of a new Tolkien Library at St. Mary’s Hall in 2002, J.R.R. Tolkien’s connection with Ribble Valley will live on for future generations. visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 65
Autumn brings another transformation to the Ribble Valley landscape, with glorious shades of browns and yellows, as the trees begin to turn before winter. Many trees and plants are heavy with fruit and berries, providing a feast also enjoyed by wildlife, and fresh mushrooms are appearing in the fields. It is a great time of year to get out and about and working up an appetite for one of Ribble Valley amazing dining experiences. Autumn is of course harvest time, a celebration of everything grown locally. This is reflected on the menus of local restaurants, many of which include seasonal specialities, such as game dishes. Pheasant, Grouse and Duck, from local Bowland estates, are now coming into season and are all popular choices. A variety of local grown fruit and vegetables are also on offer and a great place to find these are Clitheroe Market. Many local villages celebrate Halloween and Guys Fawkes night,and for those with a sweet tooth the treacle toffee is not to be missed! This is a just a sample of the huge range of eating establishments available, all of which are open throughout year.
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The Coach and Horses Bolton By Bowland, Lancashire BB7 4NW t: 01200 447331 | www.coachandhorsesribblevalley.co.uk
Emporium, Clitheroe Moor Lane, Clitheroe BB7 1BE t: 01200 444174 | www.theemporiumclitheroe.co.uk
Fitzy’s at the Trapp, Simonstone Simonstone, Trapp Lane, nr Burnley BB12 7QW t: 01282 772781 | www.lavenderhotels.co.uk
Northcote, Langho Northcote Road, Langho, nr Blackburn BB6 8BE t: 01254 240555 | www.northcote.com
Shireburn Arms Whalley Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe BB7 9QJ t: 01254 826678 | www.shireburnarmshotel.co.uk
Red Pump, Bashall Clitheroe Road, Bashall Eaves, Clitheroe BB7 3DA t: 01254 826227 | www.theredpumpinn.co.uk
La Locanda Main Street, Gisburn BB7 4HH t: 01200 445303 | www.lalocanda.co.uk
Bashall Barn Twitter Lane, Clitheroe BB7 3LQ t: 01200 428 964 | www.bashallbarn.co.uk
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Greatest Days Making the most of your visit to Clitheroe.
At a glance Your first stop on arrival
Platform Gallery and Visitor information centre
Morning coffee at the unique ‘Exchange Coffee’
Meander around the town centre shops
Emporium Café bar
Visit the castle and grounds
Holmes Mill for afternoon tea and visit the Bowland food hall
Staying for more?
The Bowland Beer Hall is right there on site for a great evening
There is an Everyman Cinema at Holmes Mill showing all the latest movies and then there are plenty of bars should you wish to escape a passing shower of rain!
Try our Walk with Taste Why not explore Clitheroe further on foot by following one of our great ‘Walks with Taste’? This easy riverside Ramble starts from Holmes Mill where you can enjoy a pre- or postmeal, or shop for some mouth watering treats for a picnic to savour along the way. The route, which is circular and returns you to Holmes Mill, is 6.8km/4.3miles long and should take between 1.5 - 2hours. The walk is classed as ‘Easy’ with just 100m of ascent following good paths and just a few stiles to cross. Trail leaflets available at the Mill. 68 | visitribblevalley.co.uk
GET OFF TO A GOOD START Your first stop in Clitheroe has to be our unique and inspiring venue, the Platform Gallery & Visitor Information Centre. Here you will find all the information you need about Clitheroe and Ribble Valley and also explore our gallery where you will find the finest handcrafted goods. Clitheroe is a vibrant market town with a bustling high street and side streets full of character, revealing independent shops, galleries, eateries and more. While walking through town, 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. Noteworthy amongst the longstanding independent shops is Cowman’s Famous Sausage Shop, whose reputation for its sausages spreads far and wide. Great for a family-friendly lunch 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. Clitheroe has plenty of cafes and restaurants to tempt any taste bud, spanning from Greek to Italian to American cuisine.
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6.8km / 4.2miles | 1½ to 2 hours Easy: 100m of ascent on good paths with just a few stiles.
A VERY SPECIAL HERITAGE After lunch it is off to the castle. Offering panoramic views over the area, Clitheroe Castle crowns the town from an elevated position. Visitors can explore the castle keep for free and enjoy spectacular views across the valley. The medieval castle has been lovingly preserved and developed over time into a fabulous hub of history. It is one of the oldest buildings in Lancashire, now a Grade I listed building, and noted as one of the smallest Norman keeps in Britain. Not to be forgotten are the splendid 16-acre castle grounds, which host a bandstand, playground and Lancashire’s one and only labyrinth. Within the bailey walls, visitors will also find the awardwinning Museum where you are transported through 350 million years of local history. The journey starts with the formation of the landscape we see today and why 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.
rows of Victorian terraces, to pubs dating back to the 16th century. Copies of the trail can be obtained at the Visitor Information Centre at the Platform Gallery. To conclude the afternoon, visit Holmes Mill a former textile mill which has been transformed into a food, drink and leisure hub. A great spot for afternoon tea and an opportunity to explore the fantastic food hall where a huge array of locally sourced food and drink is on offer. The long-standing Clitheroe market has stood strong and has remained popular for a large portion of the town’s history, the market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between the hours of 9.00am -4.00pm. The stalls can offer a great selection of fresh food, clothing and other great goods.
Another way to discover Clitheroe’s heritage is by following the fascinating Town Trail. The mile-long walk suitable for all the family takes you on a journey across time and place, from the 19th century marketplace, to
STAYING ON FOR THE EVENING? Also at Holmes Mill you will find Bowland Beer Hall a mecca for beer enthusiasts with one of the longest bars in Britain, a wide selection of cask ales and even its own brewery too! There are also countless bars throughout the town serving ﬁne wines, locally brewed beers and deliciously cool cocktails.
Clitheroe Castle by Steve Peters
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AND IF THE WEATHER ISN’T SO GREAT…
To find out more about your visit to Clitheroe
For a marvellous mix of live entertainment and culture, it’s worth paying a visit to The Grand, one of the best-loved medium-size cultural venues in the North West. In addition, there is a state-of-the-art Everyman Cinema at Holmes Mill, where there are film screenings for audiences of all ages.
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Platform Gallery & Visitor Information Centre, Station Road, Clitheroe BB7 2JT
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Making the most of your visit to Longridge and Longridge Fell.
At a glance Morning
Explore this pretty little town, where you will find plenty of coffee shops!
Little Town Farm shop for lunch or to buy a picnic for the fell
Drive up to Jeffrey Hill, on Longridge Fell to enjoy the spectacular views. Walk to the summit
Staying for more?
Try a country Pub, the White Bull or Ribchester Arms in Ribchester.
The Palace Cinema in Longridge, for one of Lancashire’s quirkiest cinema experiences!
GET OFF TO A GOOD START Longridge is so aptly named as it sits on the hilltop, a long ridge, with stunning views across the surrounding countryside. The ideal place to begin your visit is the Heritage and Visitor Centre located in the Old Station, right in the centre of the town. Here you can find out about Longridge’s fascinating history. You will be able to pick up local walking guides, history trails and a variety of information. 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. Much of this former cotton mill town was built from 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, believed to be the oldest surviving example of properties built by a building society in the world.
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LITTLE TOWN FARM SHOP At Little Town, just a short drive from Longridge, you will find a friendly family run business that has been established for over 50 years. Here they pride themselves on the highest quality produce: home-reared Aberdeen Angus Beef, hand-reared on the family farm where they go to great lengths to give them a healthy, good nutritional diet and stress free, quality lifestyle. Little Town Dairy yoghurts are also made on the premises and are on sale in the farm shop. At Little Town Farm Shop, they make their own homemade convenience meals and pies using all their own meats, all of which are available in various sizes. Their homemade freshly baked sausage rolls and pork pies are particularly popular with the locals! If you choose the picnic option, there are beautifully presented hampers, made to order with local produce. Alternatively, there is a tearoom where you can enjoy a full menu of home-cooked light meals, family-made cakes and tray bakes, and local ice cream alongside luxury hot drinks. The family working farm is also open to look around for all customers. Jeffrey Hill located on Longridge Fell, and the most southerly fell in England is a great spot for your picnic. Located close to the town of Longridge, it lies at the southern end of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From the fell’s 1,148ft (350m) summit, views are afforded over the Fylde Coast to Blackpool, the Vale of Chipping and the fells of the Forest of Bowland. To the north, the Yorkshire Dales including Pen-y-Ghent, can also be seen. Looking to the south, Pendle Hill and Whalley can be seen with Winter Hill and the west in the distance. On clear days, the Lake District, Wales and sometimes the Isle of Man can be observed and admired, as can the Snowdonia mountain range. If you still have time drop down to the picturesque village of Ribchester, for afternoon tea at Potters Barn.
STAYING ON FOR THE EVENING? Having taken in the beauty of Longridge Fell why not pop down to Ribchester for sumptuous meal at either the White Bull or Ribchester Arms in Ribchester. Alternatively return to Longridge and experience some of the unique wine bars pubs or even the quirky micro-brewery, Hoppy Days.
Ferarris Country Hotel
AND IF THE WEATHER ISN’T SO GREAT… Longridge is home to one of Lancashire’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 since the 1970s. The owner is 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 proud to host one of the last remaining independent cinemas.
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Making the most of your visit to The Centre of the Kingdom.
At a glance Your first stop on arrival
Coffee at Puddleduck’s Café and feed the ducks!
Hire and electric bike and take a trip up the spectacular Trough of Bowland.
A short drive down the valley at the legendary Inn at Whitewell
Visit the Alpaca Experience at Wood End Farm or follow the ‘Walk with Taste’ a short, picturesque walk from the Inn at Whitewell.
Staying for more?
Tasty evening at the Parkers Arms, Newton or the Red Pump Inn.
GET OFF TO A GOOD START Coffee at Puddleduck’s is a great way to start to the day in the village of Dunsop Bridge, the official centre of the Kingdom, part of the Queen’s estate as the Duke of Lancaster. It is the perfect place for those who love to explore local landmarks and admire the breath-taking views. Puddleducks is a much-loved local cafe located in this quaint village, offering a delicious menu of homemade English classics. Another local attraction in the village 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 of 1861. If you want some fun, simply buy some duck feed at Puddleducks and head straight down to the river. Dunsop Bridge ducks are used to being hand-fed and children will love it as they get up-close-and-personal with the local feathered friends. Why not take a walk up the valley too? Or if you fancy a real adventure, you can hire an electric bike and explore the spectacular ‘Forest of Bowland’ which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In fact, it is not really 72 | visitribblevalley.co.uk
a forest, rather a largely open fell country, the name forest taken from the old meaning of the word: an ancient hunting ground. Electric bikes give every level of cyclist a chance to enjoy the stunning scenery, towns and villages. Whether you want to spend a few hours, or all day exploring the Ribble Valley’s scenic countryside, electric bikes enable you to make light work of hills and cover more ground. Ribble Valley E-Bike hire offer a range of eBikes to suite all levels including self-guided routes to get you to the must-see spots. A short distance from Dunsop you will find the tiny hamlet of Whitewell, still part of the Duchy Estate and the location for a perfect lunch stop at the famous ‘Inn at Whitewell’. 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.
AFTER LUNCH After lunch there are several choices, dependant on your interests. A truly great way to experience country life is a visit to Wood End Farm, also close to Dunsop Bridge. Wood End is a traditional hill farm with beef and sheep, set in the beauty and tranquillity of this unspoilt area in rural Lancashire. The family has lived on this beautiful 17th century farm for over 100 years. The farm is also part of the Queen's Whitewell Estate, once you visit the Forest of Bowland area, you will understand why the Queen regards it as one of her favourite places to visit. At Wood End they believe in trying to preserve where possible the best of traditional farming practice to conserve the unique landscape. Wood End welcomes visitors by appointment and one of their most popular attractions is the Alpaca experience where you get the chance to feed and walk out with these adorable animals, booking essential! Another more unusual and adventurous choice of activity is to book in at ‘Inch Perfect Trials’, a fun filled, adrenaline fuelled off-road adventure in the beautiful Hodder Valley. Tuition can be included in this amazing off-road experience.
Dunsop Bridge Inch Perfect
Finally, a more peaceful option is to simply remain at the Inn at Whitewell and take a riverside stroll along a ‘Walk with Taste’, leaflets for which are available at the Inn.
AND STAYING ON FOR THE EVENING… The Red Pump Country Inn, Bashall is a 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. Here they warmly welcome visitors with dogs and muddy boots, and there is a landscaped Beer Garden with stunning views. The Inn is renowned for its prime chargrilled steaks, and their changing seasonal menu sources local produce for a variety of pies, fish, classic dishes, burgers, and vegetarian meals.
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The award-winning Parker’s offers modern British food using the finest regional produce in their very own special way,
with an eclectic, selected wine list plus real ales on tap. At the Parkers, you will experience rustic yet contemporary decor, casual yet elegant, warm and welcoming in the true Lancashire way and as functional as a food pub should be. Plus, it is very dog friendly in the bar areas! Booking for either is strongly advised.
To find out more about your visit to the centre of the Kingdom
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WINTER in Ribble Valley
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The arrival of winter changes the Ribble Valley yet again with crisp cold mornings, touches of frost and maybe even some snow on the tops. It’s definitely a time of year for a mini break at one of Ribble Valley’s great country Inns. It is a season for long winter strolls along country paths followed by cosy evenings warming up by the open fire, perhaps in your very own cottage at the heart of the country – there’s no better place for a secluded getaway. As yuletide approaches, everything traditional about an English Christmas can be found here in Ribble Valley. Towns and villages are brightly decorated with colourful lights and trees and shops come into their own with their festive displays. Clitheroe, Whalley and Longridge town centres each pull out all the stops to make for a most festive shopping experience. Carol Singing, Santa dashes and a bountiful selection of festive food choices are just a few of the many treats to be enjoyed here at Christmas time.
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When the weather really does come in cold and wet, it’s good to have some options for indoor entertainment. In addition to the numerous cosy pubs, Ribble Valley has some other great options for all the family.
The Everyman Cinema offers an innovative take on the cinematic experience, where the big screen can be enjoyed as you would at home, on a comfy sofa. The film programme usually includes the latest releases but also ensures there is something for all ages and interests. To check out the programme when it returns, go to www.everymancinema.com/clitheroe
Also, in Clitheroe, you will find the Grand Theatre, a unique entertainment venue offering a programme with wide appeal, and events taking place during daytimes and evenings. To find out more go to www.thegrandvenue.co.uk where the programme will be published once it starts again.
Over in Longridge, the Palace Cinema is a delightful step back in time. It is a truly homely movie experience, providing a most upto-date programme while retaining its original, quirky charm.
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INTO THE FO As winter sets in, the forest provides a great option for a winter walk, and one of the best choices in Ribble Valley is Gisburn Forest. Situated in the upper Hodder Valley, near to Stocks Reservoir, the forest is 1200 hectares in size, the largest woodland in Lancashire. It is home to conifers, spruce and a huge variety of wildlife. Over recent years, Gisburn has become an increasingly important recreation destination. There are ample picnic sites and parking spaces, as well as a café and toilets at the Gisburn Forest Hub from where you can enjoy way-marked walks and cycle routes or explore the extensive network of public footpaths. Most walking and biking trails start from the Hub, the main car park. It’s also the base for a range of sporting and other events including mountain biking, trail running and orienteering. There are 16km of mountain bike trails across the forest which have been created by Forestry England and a volunteer group of trail builders. From beginner through to expert, choose which level of track you would like to take at the Skills Hoop at the Hub, then set off to traverse the wide range of trails, all while enjoying the exhilaration of fresh air and beautiful surrounding forest. The forest also is an accredited Dark Sky Discovery Site, one of five within the Forest of Bowland. This means that the night skies over the Forest of Bowland AONB have been recognised as some of the darkest in England and so are ideal for star gazing. There are regular events for the keen star gazer or those who wish to become acquainted more with our night sky, run by local stargazing companies. For more details got to www.forestofbowland.com. The forest has a huge array of habitat types that support varied wildlife. These include a range of bird species including important birds of prey such as hen harriers and the short-eared owl. There is a continuing programme of planting more broadleaved trees across the forest, to help continue the diversification of habitats as well as to provide visual improvements to the landscape. Find out more about what Gisburn Forest has to offer at www.forestryengland.co.uk.
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Frosty Path Robin by John Duxbury
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WINTER WARMERS As the weather gets cooler, the warm appeal of pubs, wine bars and other hostelries becomes greater. Ribble Valley has so much to offer in the way of cosy indoor retreats. Ribble Valley is home to two major breweries, numerous microbreweries and a variety of popular distilleries. Traditional pubs and sophisticated wine bars are also out there waiting for you. Wherever you choose, you’re guaranteed to be greeted with an eclectic mix of beverages that suit all palettes and purses! 80 | visitribblevalley.co.uk
You’ll also be met with outstanding hospitality. Passionate bartenders, dedicated waiting staff, and jovial pub owners all contribute to the warm welcome you’ll receive in the place we proudly call home. Drink in the atmosphere, get conversing, and meet the masterminds behind the perfect local pint. Here are just a few ideas about local products and places where you can experience Ribble Valley hospitality – it truly is second-to-none.
THE RIBBLE VALLEY GIN COMPANY The Ribble Valley Gin Company was founded by young couple Justine and Luke, who produce small-batch artisan gin in their Longridge-based distillery. The distillery is a stone outhouse, built in 1888, which was originally used as a “piggery”. With it having so much history and standing for over 130 years, Justine and Luke sought to maintain most of the outhouse’s original features. Ribble Valley Gin Company reflects the Great British Countryside and the English Garden so well; they use easily recognisable botanicals, from hawthorn berries to rose petals, deriving inspiration from the local surroundings. An 83-litre column still and vapour infusion of the botanicals make for smoothest of finishes to their gin. Stockists include: D, Byrne & Co, Bowland Food Hall, and Booths. The Company’s gins are available in many local bars, pubs, restaurants and can be purchased online via the website or on Amazon. www.ribblevalleygin.co.uk | 01772 597791 visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 81
BOWLAND BREWERY, CLITHEROE Ales of Outstanding Natural Beauty! With names inspired by our rambling surroundings, such as Hen Harrier and Pheasant Plucker, the Bowland Brewery’s reputation has robustly rooted itself in the hearts of locals. Based at converted Victorian cotton mill Holmes Mill in Clitheroe, the Bowland Beer Hall has one of the longest bars in the UK, the perfect place to sample a wide range of real ales. www.bowlandbrewery.com | 01200 443592
FOUR MICE BREWERY, STYDD GARDENS Located on site at the traditional Coach and Horses Inn, Bolton-by-Bowland, Four Mice Brewery offers ale that’s an English product through-and-through. Made using English hops, yeast cultivated by the Brewery themselves, and water from the nearby Henry VI well in Bolton-by-Bowland, this is a true local taste that is not to be missed. Enjoy it on draught, from brewery to glass, at the Coach and Horses Inn, Bolton-by-Bowland. www.coachandhorsesribblevalley.co.uk 01200 447331
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THE WINE SHED, LONGRIDGE Nestled within the beautiful Stydd Gardens, a unique and enchanting place just outside the village of Ribchester, the Wine Shed is an innovative wine shop, bar & eatery with a vast array of premium, organic and rare wines from around the world. Enjoy a morning coffee, a glass of wine or cocktail and a bite to eat, and why not stock up your wine collection while you’re there! www.stydd.com | 01254 366333
HOPPY DAYS, BOLTON BY BOWLAND There are a number of popular micro pubs springing up in Ribble Valley. One of them, Hoppy Days, aims to bring the fine folk of Longridge (and beyond) a true micro pub serving quality real ale, real cider, Belgian bottled beers and wine in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere. Hoppy Days was awarded the George Lee Memorial Trophy for 2017/18 as the pub was considered by branch members to have done the most for real ale locally. www.facebook.com/HoppyDaysMicropub visitribblevalley.co.uk | Love Ribble Valley | 83
Winter is a time to keep warm! Maybe a brisk stroll followed by a cosy meal beside an open log fire. There are plenty of places to walk and then dine out in Ribble Valley, and the ‘Walks with’ Taste series is a good place to start. Winter nights are also an opportunity to get out and enjoy some of the outstanding dining experiences available, with a gastronomic array, 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. And the variety doesn’t end here! Chinese, Indian, Italian, and the very best of British are just a few of the endless culinary experiences you can enjoy. This is a just a sample of the huge range of eating establishments available, all of which are open throughout year.
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Artisan Ribble Valley Whalley Road, Billington, Blackburn BB7 9HY t: 01254 822556 | www.artisanribblevalley.co.uk
Exchange Coffee 24 Wellgate, Clitheroe BB7 2DP t: 01200 442270 | www.exchangecoffee.co.uk
Freemasons 8 Vicarage Fold, Wiswell, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9DF t: 01254 822 218 | www.freemasonsatwiswell.com
Holmes Mill Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB t: 01200 407120 | www.holmesmill.co.uk
Spinning Block Bistro, Bar & Grill Holmes Mill, Greenacre St, 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
Stirk House Gisburn Clitheroe BB7 4LJ t: 01200 445581 | www.stirkhouse.co.uk
Waddington Arms Clitheroe Road, Waddington, Clitheroe BB7 3HP t: 01200 423262 | www.waddingtonarms.co.uk
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Greatest Days Making the most of your visit to Worston and Gisburn.
At a glance Where to Begin
‘Walk with Taste’ from the Calfs Head
Retire to the Calfs Head
The 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, it is a relaxed eatery and watering hole for all weathers and seasons. A great place for your morning coffee before setting off.
Explore some more! Stirk House Hotel Gardens Afternoon break
Stirk House Hotel
Staying on for more
Retire to Stirk House Hotel or the Calfs Head
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Having collected the Walks leaflet from the pub, the circular ‘Walk with Taste’ should take around 90 minutes, taking in spectacular views of Pendle Hill. The majestic Hill towers over East Lancashire and Ribble Valley and its relative isolation on PANORAMI C VIEWS OF PEND THE CALF ’S HEAD, WO LE FROM the edge of the Pennines and the Bowland RSTON W ALKS Fells makes it an iconic feature in the with landscape. For generations it has been an in Ribble Va inspiration to both visitors and local people, lley 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. Beneath the hill lies pretty villages, which reveal a history of intrigue and witchcraft spanning 400 years. Twelve alleged witches, who lived in the area, were charged with the murders #ALFS (EAD of ten people by ʻthe use of witchcraft’. All but two were tried and hanged at Lancaster Castle and go down in history as the Pendle Witches.
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