What to see and do
In the heart of England, on the edge of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the beautiful Ribble Valley. With easy access to the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales you will never be short of opportunities for walking, riding, cycling, fishing or sightseeing. Lancaster 28 miles (45 km), Preston 12 miles (19 km) and Manchester 41 miles (66 km) are easily accessible from the M6 junction 32, fifteen minutes away. For a day at the seaside Lythham is close by. For horse riders the Lancaster to Chipping section of the North Lancashire Bridleway is literally on our doorstep.
Local historical attractions include Ribchester Museum and Roman remains, Stoneyhurst College, Cromwell's Bridge, Clitheroe Castle Browsholme Hall and Whalley Abbey.
Clitheroe Castle and Museum - Built around 1186 the Norman castle has dominated the skyline of Clitheroe for over 800 years. Recently refurbished the museum is packed with interesting exhibits plus has a modern cafe and gallery space.
Browsholme Hall - The oldest surviving family home in Lancashire - is the ancestral home of the Parker Family, who have lived there since it was built in 1507.
Browsholme Hall Historic House and Wedding Venue web site
For wildlife walking there is Bowland Wild Boar Park, Beacon Fell Country Park and Gisburn Forest the largest forest in Lancashire with a network of forest walks and cycle trails.
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Chipping Village (PDF 2.85mb)
Chipping Village web site
Bowland Wildboar Park web site
Forest of Bowland web site
Dunsop Bridge (PDF 2.3mb)
Slaidburn Village (PDF 2.9mb)
The Ribble Valley Food Trail (PDF 3.0mb)
The Platform Gallery
The Platform Gallery is situated in the historic market town of Clitheroe in the heart of the Ribble Valley. The gallery is located in a prime position in the old railway station building, built in 1870. The Platform Gallery hosts up to 8 exhibitions per year, including solo, group and themed shows. The emphasis is on high quality contemporary craft by both national and local makers. The shop features an ever-changing selection of ceramics, glass, wood, textiles and jewellery and much more! More info Platform Art Gallery .
Bowland Arts is a new initiative aimed at drawing together the wealth of creative talent existing in Bowland. Visit their site for details of the Bowland Arts Festival held every year to showcase artists working in this special environment with plenty of workshops for you to try your own hand.