The Ribble Valley is a wonderful blend of breathtaking countryside, inviting villages, and a rich cultural history. This Lancashire gem is a popular place for weekends away or longer Summer breaks with plenty for the whole family. We’re going to look at some of the highlights of this majestic valley and who knows; you may even find yourself tempted to buy your very own piece of this heartland gem.
From Bowland Knotts to Pendle Hill and from Ribchester to Newsholme; the Ribble Valley’s defining feature is its network of rivers, streams and reservoirs. The River Ribble has long been the source of all life in this enchanting valley with villages and towns dotted along its banks. This area is also a renowned AONB with stunning scenery and adventurous outdoor activities. Some of the most popular spots include Longridge Fell (the most southerly fell in England) on the southern edge of the Forest of Bowland AONB, the River Hodder, and Pendle Hill.
Longridge Fell is a must for keen hikers with a route that is challenging and rewarding in equal measure. The summit (1,148ft) presents you with views across Preston, the Fylde Coast, the Vale of Chipping, Pendle Hill and more. On clear days you can even see parts of the Lake District and the Isle of Man in the distance. If you’re planning a day out then why not pack or buy lunch to go from Longridge for an al fresco dining experience with a view.
The River Hodder is another great focal point for days out. This peaceful, untouched river flows through the Forest of Bowland and Stocks Reservoir before meeting the River Ribble near Slaidburn. This stunning mix of old stone pubs, crystal clear waters, and moss-covered ruins are said to have inspired J.R.R Tolkein and helped create the world of Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings.
Pendle Hill towers over the east side of the valley and is an iconic landmark for locals and tourists alike. Boasting uninterrupted views of the valley; it is the perfect hike to start or end a memorable holiday in the Ribble Valley.
These are just a few of the places waiting to be explored on your next Ribble Valley holiday. If you’re interested in accommodation that works for the whole family, including the dog, then contact Holgates to find out more about or stunning holiday parks. We have a selection of stunning units to rent or buy with amazing amenities and support.
With such a rich tapestry of hills, forests, farmland, and rivers; the Ribble Valley has access to a bounty of stunning produce. From breweries to cattle farms, ice cream makers to bakers, restaurants, shops, and cafes are proud to bring local produce to your table. The various villages and towns have restaurants and cuisines to suit all budgets and tastes. Feeding the kids or booking a romantic dinner for two, the Ribble Valley has it all.
Some of the restaurants that come highly recommended include The Red Pump Inn, The Aspinall Arms, and The Spread Eagle.
The Red Pump Inn has a sensational selection of steaks. They source their beef from local farms that specialise in rearing Longhorn, Shorthorn, and Galloway cattle. Once they’ve got the perfect cut their steaks are matured to offer mouthwatering dishes. An absolute must for meat-eaters.
For somewhere with incredible ambience look no further than The Aspinall Arms. This pub sits on the banks of the River Ribble with views of the Great Mitton Hall and the medieval All Hallows church. This pub has a varied menu that caters well to families and walkers.
Finally, The Spread Eagle shows the diversity and uniqueness of this region’s cuisine. They have adapted their menu to offer a unique ‘Lancashire Tapas’ that they serve all day. This style is great if you’re looking for a light lunch or want to sample several different dishes at once.
These are just a few of the places on offer in this incredible area. Every visit to the Ribble Valley presents a wealth of new places to explore and enjoy. Why not book a trip today and plan a foodie road trip to remember.
A Rich History to Explore
Last, but not least this area has culture and history in abundance. The inspiration for J.R.R Tolkien’s books is self-evident in the stone buildings, rolling hills, and babbling waters of the Ribble Valley. Add to this, the 14th century Whalley Abbey, Clitheroe Castle, Stonyhurst College, the Ribchester Roman Museum and the iconic Cromwell’s Bridge and you find a rich tapestry of history dating back hundreds of years.
These sites give you a peek into the deep historical roots embedded in this verdant valley.
Own Your Very Own Piece of Paradise
All of this and more is available on your doorstep when you rent or buy a holiday home in the Ribble Valley. At Holgates, we have a wide range of dream Ribble Valley holiday homes across our 5-star holiday parks to call your own. If you’re looking for a holiday lodge or caravan that you can visit all year round then contact us or take a look at our holiday homes and lodges for sale. Our sites are packed with amenities and stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Our team is also on hand to help you pick your perfect Ribble Valley getaway.