Things to do in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire
The Park is overlooked by historic Pendle Hill, which is surrounded by several pretty villages and hamlets some of which have strong connections with the story of the Pendle witches and are well worth a visit. There is a network of paths on and around the hill and the view from the summit on a clear day is stunning and well worth the effort.
We are situated midway between the picturesque market towns of Clitheroe and Skipton yet within easy driving distance to the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, South Pennines, Haworth and Bronte Country and the Fylde Coast. Dunsop Bridge (The Centre of the Kingdom), the Forest Of Bowland (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and the Ribble Valley are on our doorstep.
If you fancy eating out there is an abundance of friendly pubs, restaurants, cafes and tea rooms all within a short distance of the Park.
If exploring the area is more your style then there is much to see and do, there are historic halls, castles and countless places of interest to visit. A wide range of information about the surrounding area is available in reception.
Away from the peace and quiet of the Park, the more active, can take advantage of the excellent selection of outdoor activities and sports available nearby:
- Six Golf Courses
- Trout Fishing
- Leisure Centres
- Racket Sports
- Dry Ski Slope
- Pony Trekking
- Agricultural Shows
- Farm Parks
- Craft Centres
- Motor Tours
- Para Gliding
- Pottery Painting
Clitheroe - 9.09 miles / 16 minutes
The ancient market town of Clitheroe is located in the Ribble Valley. Clitheroe Castle, said to be the smallest Norman castle in England, is now home to a Museum and 16 acres of landscaped gardens, which houses attractions including a bandstand, children's playground, skate-park and Lancashire's first Labyrinth. The Rose Garden features quirky metal and limestone sculptures and there are also Circular Walks which take you around the town and surrounding countryside. Sporting fans might want to enjoy a day at Clitheroe Golf Club, one of the countrys best inland courses. Clitheroe is well known for its plethora of specialist shops. Award-winning Byrnes Wine Shop is famous for its enormous underground cellar bursting with unusual vintages from all over the world. Cowman's Famous Sausage Shop sells more than 75 sausage varieties while the Exchange Coffee Company stocks more than 35 coffees and 60 specialist teas.
Skipton - 12.08 miles / 21 minutes
Skipton is the 'gateway' to the magnificent Yorkshire Dales. The High Street leads up to the church, behind which you see the impressive facade of the 900 year-old castle, and Skipton Woods. The High Street is home to the famous market with its many varied and interesting stalls, and to numerous shops. Skipton has many independent specialist shops, but also has branches of many quality chains and two department stores. Wander down the many alleyways or 'ginnels' to savour the town's history and character. Explore the side streets where you will find individual shops, cafes and restaurants. Visit the canal area with boat trips, marina, footpaths and picnic areas.
Settle - 12.93 miles / 22 minutes
Settle is a bustling market town surrounded by delightful villages, ideally situated between the scenic Yorkshire Dales and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is the Forest of Bowland. With a wealth of interesting shops, welcoming cafes and historic buildings Settle is a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery by walking, riding, cycling, caving and a host of other outdoor activities. Home of the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway we have easy access by road and rail and a host of things to do, see and enjoy when you get here.
The Park is also within reach of exploring the following areas:
- Lake District
- Forest of Bowland