Points of interest

Looking for something to do in or around Ribble Valley? Lancashire is brimming with places to visit from the breath-taking area of outstanding natural beauty to historic houses and gardens. Why not take a look at some of our owners’ top picks before you head off exploring?

What to do around Ribble Valley

The beautiful scenery around Ribble Valley is truly amazing, and the best way to see it is first hand on foot. Whether you’re a rambler at heart and love nothing more than long walks, knee deep in wild grass or whether you just want a moderate walk to take in the beauty of your surroundings, Lancashire has something to offer everyone.

With a plethora of nature trails right on your doorstep there are many walking groups and guided walks across the region however, if you just fancy some fresh air there are plenty of trails surrounding Ribble Valley that are ideal for walks, bike rides and horse riding.

Our Owners’ Top Picks

Pendle Hill

At 557 metres high Pendle Hill dominates the surrounding Forest of Bowland (an Area of Outstanding Beauty), spiritually associated with the 17th century Lancashire Witches and the location for both the book ‘Mist Over Pendle’ and the classic film ‘Whistle Down The Wind’.

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Dunsop Bridge

Explore the stunning views and stop for a picnic in the village of Dunsop Bridge, the official centre of the British Isles right in the beautiful Ribble Valley. If you’re into fell walking this is a perfect place to start, rest or finish your walk. Or you can go on a gentle 4 mile walk to see the exact central point of Great Britain before heading back to relax with a nice drink.

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Pendle View Fishery

Set in the picturesque countryside, near to the A59 at Barrow between Preston and Clitheroe, Pendle View Fisheries is a great place to go if you’re into your fishing. Taken over by the Harnick Family in 2008, it consists of three lakes, including a 9 acre specimen lake, a 2 acre match/pleasure lake and a Fly lake, fed by streams running down from nearby hills

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Bancroft Mill

Discover Lancashire’s industrial heritage at Bancroft Mill’s Steaming Days where you can discover and explore a vast collection of memorabilia related to the cotton textile industry, including various machine tools for the workshop and several small engines.

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Pendle Heritage Centre

A range of beautifully restored grade II listed farm buildings, the Pendle Heritage Centre sits right at the heart of Lancashire’s hill country beside an ancient crossing of Pendle water. The gallery and craft shop offer displays of work and exhibitions by professional crafts people and artists, while the museum contains a wealth of information about the history and development of the farmhouse.

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Clitheroe Castle

Stood high on Castle Hill dominating Clitheroe’s skyline for over 800 years, Clitheroe Castle Museum is now open after a complete makeover and offers a day of exploration for all the family. Explore the hands-on galleries, collections and displays which reveal amazing stories and take you on a journey through 350 million years of history, heritage and geology of the local area.

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