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Ribble Valley

The perfect country escape in rural Lancashire

IMAGINE yourself in rural heaven - a landscape of contrasts full of mystery and heritage full of diverse natural habitats and inspiring scenery.

Positioned in the north east of Lancashire, the majority of Ribble Valley forms part of the Forest of Bowland AONB, the first protected area in England to be awarded the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas. Also encompassing the bustling market towns of Clitheroe, Whalley and Longridge and an abundance of picturesque villages and hamlets.

GET BACK TO NATURE. Whether walking, cycling, on horseback or touring by car you will stumble across the many ever-changing habitats for Britain’s rare species of birds, wildlife, flora and fauna. Gentle lowland, criss-crossed with dry stonewalls dotted with picturesque farms, villages, and ancient churches offer endless opportunities for artists and photographers.

As a year round destination each destination has its own special allure and there are plenty of great days out for the whole family. Visit Longridge and Clitheroe Markets for a traditional shopping experience; marvel at the crafts at the Platform Gallery, take a trip to Ribchester Roman Museum , the newly renovated Clitheroe Castle Museum and Whalley Abbey for an insight into the rich heritage and the kids will just love the Wild Boar Park at Chipping, and Hawkshaw Farm Park, the home to Mrs Dowson’s Ice Cream. .

FACT. Hurst Green in Ribble Valley is believed to have been the inspiration for J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings ‘Middle Earth', after the famous author spent hours walking through the beautiful countryside and villages. The places he visited and their names, bear great similarity to those that have found their way into the famous trilogy. A ‘Tolkien Trail’ has been devised and can be downloaded from our website

After a busy day out and about you can relax in a friendly country inn, bed and breakfast or luxurious hotel and indulge in the local culinary delights on offer. There are so many to choose from so please contact Clitheroe TIC who will be pleased to help with matching your requirements.

Ribble Valley is easily accessible with excellent motorway links from the M6 and M65, regular bus and train services and regional airports such as Blackpool , Manchester and Liverpool .

So whether you’re a history lover or discerning shopper; looking for outdoor action or want to relax without meeting a soul, book a short break in Ribble Valley, some of England’s finest countryside, and get ready for your Lancashire experience!

Ribble Valley - Once visited, never forgotten.

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Address: Church Walk
Telephone Number: +44 (0) 1200 425 566
Englands North Country 0871 716 2446
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Ribble Valley Borough Council
Address: Council Offices
Church Walk
Telephone Number: 01200 425111
Fax Number: 01200 414488
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