About the Ribble Valley
It’s no surprise that the Ribble Valley has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. From its 44 stone built villages to its meandering rivers, expanses of moorland and towering hills it presents the quintessential English countryside.
For historians, there is a wealth of important sites to visit. Tolkein wrote much of the Lord Of The Rings at Stonyhurst College and you will find a trail there dedicated to his works. At Whalley Abbey you can see the remains of the former monastic buildings and extensive gardens. Travelling further back in time, Ribchester Roman Museum offers a 3D interactive model of the original settlement.
For walkers, Pendle Hill, the Forest of Bowland and the River Ribble provide wonderful rambles. The kids will love Pendle Hill (stop off at the artificial ski slope) and explore the Pendle Witches Trail chronicling the grisly events surrounding the 17th Century Witches trial.
The Forest of Bowland gives opportunities for walking, bird watching and cycle trails. For anglers permits are available for several areas and can be obtained from the River Ribble Trust. And the good news is that you ‘ll always find a great pub serving fantastic food along the way! Most pubs welcome dogs and don’t forget to say hello to those on the same path…we are a friendly lot around here!
A little further afield but within an hour’s drive you can explore Skipton in Yorkshire or Blackpool and Morecambe on the Fylde coast or head north and venture into the Lake District.
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