Most of the Ribble Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, because of the picturesque countryside.

This is a diverse landscape of hills, valleys and moorland covering some 300 square miles. It has historic sites, charming villages and historic market towns.

If you want walks in the wild, characterful country pubs, and towns with a warm welcome, then the Ribble Valley makes an ideal destination for a self-catering holiday cottage break.

Walking the Pendle Way

In 1612, twelve people in the area around Pendle Hill were accused of witchcraft, leading to one of the most famous witch trials in English history.

In the end, ten of the accused were hanged for witchcraft, but the legacy of the trial lives on, and visitors can explore the area around Pendle Hill, including its tiny villages and isolated farms.

While the countryside is stunning, there is an undercurrent of eeriness as you follow the road the accused took along the Ribble Valley, leading to Lancaster Castle, where their trial took place.

From Pendle Hill, you’ll experience breathtaking views of the local area. This is where George Fox once walked, and discovered the inspiration to found the Quaker movement. On a clear day, you can even see Blackpool Tower and the sea.

The Pendle Way is a walk of medium distance, covering 45 miles, and takes in the Pendle Sculpture Trail. This is set in woodland, and features the work of four artists.

 

Clitheroe, Historic Market Town

Clitheroe is market town in the Ribble Valley with a long history, dating back to Saxon times. It has its own 12th century Norman keep, Clitheroe Castle, said to be the smallest keep in England, restaurants, cafes and tea-rooms, plenty of individual shops, and 16 acres of landscaped gardens.

The town holds an annual food festival every summer, which is perfectly in keeping with its many specialist shops selling food and drink – including a sausage shop selling 60 different varieties of sausage.

There are plenty of guided tours for walkers and cyclists, with the town providing easy access to the surrounding countryside.

The Forest of Bowland

Providing excellent walking and cycling, and suitably remote to feel you’re getting away from it all, the Forest of Bowland covers 312 square miles of rural Lancashire.

Within this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you’ll find lots of open moorland, ancient villages, and rare wildlife and birds.

Traditional villages in the area include Slaidburn and Downham. Here you can almost feel like time has stood still, amid babbling brooks, village greens and stone cottages.

To the far west, is the town of Longridge. This is a former cotton mill town is largely unchanged since the 1800s, with most of its buildings made from locally quarried sandstone. It’s an ideal base from which to explore the fells and local trails.

The Romans at Ribchester

On the banks of the River Ribble, the ancient village of Ribchester was built on the site of the Roman fort of Bremetennacum, and is now home to Lancashire’s only specialist Roman museum.

The Ribchester Museum Trust expanded the building in 2001, and it now hosts a permanent exhibition of excavated Roman, Iron Age and Neolithic artefacts

 

Plan Your Stay

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