Clitheroe is an ancient market town nestled in the beautiful Ribble Valley. Located just off the A59, this inviting town is the gateway to the Forest of Bowland AONB, nestled between the River Ribble and Pendle Hill. This stunning location has been a popular destination for centuries with Clitheroe’s existence dating back to Saxon times. This timeless town has seen several centuries of change throughout UK history and as a result, is packed with interesting historical buildings and fun activities for holidaymakers.
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Clitheroe Castle, said to be the smallest Norman castle in England, is an imposing castle standing sentinel over the town for over 800 years. The castle boasts panoramic views of the Ribble Valley and is well worth the climb. The castle grounds are also home to a wonderful museum, gift shop and café. The Clitheroe Castle Museum takes visitors on a journey through the entire history of the town; from the primordial formation of the landscape 350 million years ago through to historical battles and developments.
The galleries also include interesting facts about local myths, heroes, legends, and industries. An added benefit is that admission for children is free, making this a fantastic choice for families planning a day out. The Castle Grounds also connect to several circular walk routes perfect for walks in the sun.
The Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail, located near Brungerley Park on Waddington Road, is the first of its kind to be established in Lancashire. This thoughtful and engaging route brings together the beautiful natural surroundings and engaging sculptures to create a unique space where art and nature play. This trail features the work of artists like Thompson Dagnall, Louise Worrell, David Halford, and Clare Bigger amongst others and is designed to make art accessible to all.
The Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail is easy to walk and passes through rich grasslands, fields of flowers, and woodlands as well as offering views over the Forest of Bowland AONB. The River Ribble is a constant companion on this walk with the resident wildlife also on show.
Galleries in Clitheroe
If you’re looking for a little more art to round out your trip to Clitheroe, look no further than the Longitude Gallery and Platform Gallery. The Longitude Gallery celebrates British modern art showing the works of local artists in a bright, airy exhibition space. This gallery is very active in the art community and regularly features new artists.
If you’re looking for a more crafty gallery experience then stop by the Platform Gallery. The Platform Gallery features local artists who transform contemporary craft materials like textiles, ceramics and glassware into brilliant art exhibits. This gallery also hosts craft workshops for those looking to start their own artistic endeavours.
If your idea of a great day out is a round of golf then the Clitheroe Golf Club is a must-see. The stunning inland course is perfectly manicured which challenges players with water hazards, rough, tree lines, and sand traps. This 72 stroke course is a challenge for golfers of all levels and claims to have the best Par 3 in the North West of England.
However, even if you don’t end up off the fairway, the lovely scenic views around the course more than make up for it.
Pendle Hill is a landmark with a dark history and magical heritage. Most famous as an execution site for witches in the infamous witch trials of 1612, Pendle Hill was once the home of wolves, wild boars and deer. Wild, and untamed; Pendle Hill is a challenging hike that rewards walkers with uninterrupted views across the valley dotted with villages, farms, forests, and rivers.
As you can see Clitheroe has so much more to offer than its humble name suggests. From historical sites to contemporary art, and wild walks to quaint village shops, there is something for everyone on a trip to Clitheroe.
A Place to Escape
If you’re planning on booking a trip to visit Clitheroe and the stunning Ribble Valley then a stay at Holgates Holiday Parks is one of the best ways to experience this amazing part of the country.
At Holgates, we have a wide range of Ribble Valley holiday accommodation from glamping to lodges. Contact us to find out more about our amazing sites or book online and you’ll soon be set for an adventure around Clitheroe and the beautiful Ribble Valley.