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Frosty Morning - Sawley

Frosty Morning - Sawley

Surrounded by glorious, unspoilt landscapes, there are opportunities for everyone to enjoy in the Ribble Valley. From shopping and entertainment, to history filled family days out exploring the Ribble Valley's rich heritage and great places for food and drink, to walks in the countryside and quiet, idyllic villages just waiting to be explored, the Ribble Valley has hundreds of attractions waiting for you.

The bustling market town of Clitheroe is a Shopping haven and a dream to those who dislike mass-market produced goods. Brimming with individual shops and historic treasures you wouldn't usually find on your everyday high street, Clitheroe is the perfect place to pick up a gift for that tricky someone or simply a place to treat yourself from the eclectic range of shops on offer.

We are extremely lucky to have such a fantastic array of local Food and Drink suppliers right here on our doorstep in the Ribble Valley. You can savour the fresh flavours of tempting treats and feasts as Clitheroe develops as Lancashire's Food Town and the annual Clitheroe Food Festival, which takes place in August, is a must-visit for foodie fanatics!

If being in the great outdoors is your thing the Ribble Valley has plenty to offer for cyclists of all abilities from gentle cycle routes that take you down quiet country lanes to the challenging Forest of Bowland which offers fantastic mountain biking for the more experienced rider.

If you enjoy country walking where better to discover the stunning high moorland scenery and beautiful riverside walks. And, with a fine variety of good hostelries where better to end the walk than with a hearty meal by an open log fire. And of course many of our village pubs welcome dogs too.

Choose form our menu of options designed to help you discover and enjoy Ribble Valley.

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Cycling


On yer bike!

Relaxing rides or tough terrain trails

A journey of discovery awaits cyclists of all levels in Ribble Valley from gentle rides through picturesque villages to the high-octane thrills of the area’s rugged forests and fells.

Traffic-free routes, challenging landscapes and cycle-friendly cafés provide everything you’ll need to enjoy your day in the saddle.

One of the top spots for off-road bike fans is Gisburn Forest – the largest forest in Lancashire - where there are a number of purpose-built trails to challenge you.

Start at the Gisburn Forest Hub car park, picnic site and café. Before setting off, you can try the Skills Loop which is located by the stone wall circle at Gisburn Forest Hub, built for practising and perfecting new riding skills before setting off on one of the trails.

The Blue Grade (Bottoms Beck/moderate 9.5km) is suitable for novices and younger riders, the Red Grade (The 8, difficult, 18km), is a roller-coaster ride down Hully Gully. Finally the Orange Grade (Bike Park, 0.5km) is called Hope Line and Leap of Faith – which is just that – so hold on tight to those handlebars!

For a peaceful ride, head to the isolated fells where magnificent scenery meets solitude. There is plenty of safety advice available at Gisburn Forest Hub, giving emergency numbers and the co-ordinates of various remote locations for experienced cyclists going off-track.

For more information please visit the Gisburn Forest Hub.

Adventure Cycling Company

The Adventure Cycling company is the provider of unique cycle tours in the heart of the Ribble Valley, Lancashire.

Please visit - www.adventurecyclingcompany.com for more information.

Email: info@adventurecyclingcompany   Tel: 07743394165

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Cycling Friendly Accommodation

Angram Green Farm
Best Western Higher Trapp Hotel
The Gibbon Bridge Hotel
Middle Flass Lodge
The Rowan Tree
Spread Eagle
Stirk House

Waddow Hall

Self-catering

Bent House Farm Cottage
Lowsun Lodges
Ramsclough Barn

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Family


Making Family Memories

There are some wonderful activities to keep your younger family members entertained whilst holidaying in Ribble Valley.

From feeding meerkats and racoons, to taking part in a wildlife walk quiz, visiting a historic site or museum, embarking on a mini steam train ride, or spending a day by the river... there is something to suit children of all ages.

One of the major attractions for little ones and teenagers alike is Bowland’s Wild Boar Animal Park.

Make a day of memories at this superb 30-acre woodland site which is located on the outskirts of pretty Chipping. Wild boar and Longhorn cows roam the scenic woodlands and can be viewed from various aspects throughout Ribble Valley park.

Animal petting includes baby chick stroking and hand feeding a wide range of animals including deer, llamas, goats and lambs.

There is a range of walks for all levels of fitness (and leg sizes), throughout the woodland which is brimming with wildlife.
Pack a picnic or enjoy a choice of hot or cold food at the newly opened park café.

www.wildboarpark.co.uk

For more family fun why not visit Mrs Dowsons ice-cream farm and visitor centre?

www.mrsdowsons.co.uk

For a trip back in time, why not take the children along to Lancashire’s only specialist Roman museum. Ribchester Museum houses many of the finds from the Roman fort Bremetennacum Veteranorum, some parts of which have been exposed by excavation. The most famous find, the Ribchester Helmet, is on show in replica but the original is in the British Museum collection.

The Museum Trust also developed a 3D interactive visualisation of the fort and settlement. The visualisation uses game engine technology to present an interactive model of the cavalry fort and its immediate surroundings, including the bath house and vicus.

On Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July, on the playing field in Ribchester, the Museum’s Roman Festival will take place. The weekend spectacular will be an exciting mix of Roman re-enactments, demonstrations, military displays and a general insight into  everyday life during Roman times.

There will also be food and gift stalls and the opportunity for children to dress up and play games in this superb summertime event.

www.ribchesterromanmuseum.org

For some high-energy action how about a thrilling trip to Battlestorm (Clitheroe)? - a family friendly indoor Laser combat centre aimed at those who are aged seven and over.

Adults can play alongside the kids, camouflage up, choose their weapon and battle through the derelict warehouse, disused shop or defend a military base. Game sessions can last from 20 up to 90 minutes and can be watched via a live video feed in the onsite café.

www.battlestorm-clitheroe.co.uk

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Walking


A Walkers' Paradise!

Ribble Valley boasts some of the finest unspoilt landscapes in the north of England and the area is well blessed with an amazing selection of self-guided trails to help you discover wonderful places for yourself.

Alternatively, there are plenty of opportunities to join guided walks led by knowledgeable leaders, many starting and ending at some of our cosiest hostelries, ideal for post-walk refreshments!

For the serious rambler, there is an excellent network of well-maintained public paths to explore, and for the keen long distance walker the 'Ribble Way' is a 70-mile route with the Ribble Valley stretch of the route containing the most dramatic scenery.

Whether it’s a short walk in the forest, or a more strenuous climb to the top of Pendle Hill, there’s something for everyone looking for fresh air, exercise, and inspiring landscapes, and routes to suit whatever your age or ability.

Of course you could always give your car a break and try one of Ribble Valley's car-free itineraries, which make use of local trails and public transport.

The Clitheroe Travel Interchange, located in the centre of the town, has bus routes out to the pretty villages and more remote locations, from where you can make your way back on foot.

If you are passionate about walking then a visit to Whalley Warm and Dry on King Street in the village, must be on your ‘to do’ list whilst visiting the area. Here, the team strives to provide the best quality outdoor clothing and footwear, combined with best possible customer service, both online and in store. The team at Whalley Warm and Dry understand the importance of properly fitted, supportive footwear and its impact on comfort and the enjoyment of your walk. Customers travel from across the country to take advantage of their multi award-winning specialist boot fitting service.

Ribble Valley is a paradise for visitors with dogs, with plenty of amazing walks and facilities which your dog can enjoy either with or without you as there are many dog walking services available and even a dog play barn where it can be left for the day.

When visiting for the first time you will find that well behaved dogs are welcome in many of the places to stay. Hotels like the Shireburn Arms, or the Spread Eagle at Sawley are good examples, together with many cottages and self-catering cottages, such as Wolfen Mill Country Retreats, Chipping. The Derby Arms near Longridge is particularly well located as a base to explore the dramatic hills and forests around Longridge Fell.

Moreover, an increasing number of pubs have areas in which dogs may accompany their owners whilst they dine, and many have welcoming open fires which are so cosy after a refreshing walk on a frosty morning. The Waddington Arms in Waddington, and the Assheton Arms in Downham, are but two of many such pubs, set in picturesque countryside with a selection of beautiful walks to enjoy.

Some of our most popular walking routes start and finish at a village inn, where there is always a warm welcome for walkers, and most allow well behaved dog companions too! Where better to finish a day’s walk than sitting by a roaring log fire, drink in hand,having enjoyed a sumptuous home cooked meal?

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Festival and Events


Whatever time of year you visit, Ribble Valley has a packed programme of festivals, events and cultural activities for all the family.

In the heart of Lancashire’s farming community, there are 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.

Clitheroe Food FestivalThe Clitheroe Food Festival provides a showcase for local food and drink producers and their fabulous products. The town is literally taken over by food, and food related events, with ample opportunity to sample and buy the very best local produce.

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 greatest chefs in the world in the Obsession Festival of Food and Wine at Northcote Manor.

Clitheroe town beats to the rhythm of jazz every May Day bank holiday weekend during the Ribble Valley Jazz festival. In July, the Ribchester Roman Museum hosts a weekend of re-enactments and heritage related activities.

If live music is your interest, the spectacular Beat-Herder festival will be of great interest.

Whatever your passion there is sure to be an event to experience in Ribble Valley. Here are a few of the major events in our calendar but to view the most up to date listing for your visit the What's On Guide.

 

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Walks with Taste


'Walks with Taste' offer the perfect opportunity to discover beautiful Ribble Valley countryside, as well enjoy an excellent food experience.

The series of self-guided walks begin from various food establishments around Ribble Valley, and they vary in distance and terrain, which means there should be something to suit everyone. They are continually evolving with new walks being produced and they are all downloadable, so please check this page regularly.

Download our Walks with Taste

Walks with Taste are sponsored by Whalley Warm and Dry 

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    Enjoy the viewSurrounded by glorious, unspoilt landscapes, there are opportunities for everyone to enjoy in the Ribble Valley. From shopping and entertainment, to history filled family days out exploring the Ribble Valley's rich heritage and great places for food and drink, to walks in the countryside and quiet, idyllic villages just waiting to be explored, the Ribble Valley has hundreds of attractions waiting for you.

    The bustling market town of Clitheroe is a Shopping haven and a dream to those who dislike mass-market produced goods. Brimming with individual shops and historic treasures you wouldn't usually find on your everyday high street, Clitheroe is the perfect place to pick up a gift for that tricky someone or simply a place to treat yourself from the eclectic range of shops on offer.

    Gibbon Bridge Hotel - Enjoy foodWe are extremely lucky to have such a fantastic array of local Food and Drink suppliers right here on our doorstep in the Ribble Valley. You can savour the fresh flavours of tempting treats and feasts as Clitheroe develops as Lancashire's Food Town and the annual Clitheroe Food Festival, which takes place in August, is a must-visit for foodie fanatics!

    If being in the great outdoors is your thing the Ribble Valley has plenty to offer for cyclists of all abilities from gentle cycle routes that take you down quiet country lanes to the challenging Forest of Bowland which offers fantastic mountain biking for the more experienced rider.

    If you enjoy country walking where better to discover the stunning high moorland scenery and beautiful riverside walks. And, with a fine variety of good hostelries where better to end the walk than with a hearty meal by an open log fire. And of course many of our village pubs welcome dogs too.

    Choose form our menu of options designed to help you discover and enjoy Ribble Valley.

    Enjoy
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