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November 22, 2023

Your Winter Guide to the Ribble Valley


Looking for things to do when staying with us at Ribble Valley? We have created this helpful guide of useful information, events and nearby attractions in the local area!

The Ribble Valley is a gem in the heart of Lancashire, offering a delightful blend of natural beauty, charming villages, rich history, and culinary delights.

Whether you are looking for peaceful walks in the countryside, shopping trips to Harrogate, pub lunches or exploring nearby towns and villages; there is something for everyone when staying at Holgates.

Pubs & Restaurants 

There are many pubs and restaurants nearby, we have listed a few of the closest ones, and the distance from Holgates Ribble Valley park. 

Holgates Bar, on-site – 0 miles

La Locanda, Clitheroe (Italian Restaurant) – 1.5 miles

The White Bull, Clitheroe (Gastropub)  – 1.3 miles

Hindelinis, Clitheroe (Restaurant) 1.8 Miles

Hamish’s, Nelson (café) – 3.8 miles

Gazegill Organics – (The UK’s first off the grid restaurant, coming soon early 2024) – 1.8 miles


Aldi Supermarket – 5.5 miles  

Co-op – 5.5 miles

Sainsburys – 7.3 miles

Nearest towns and cities

If you fancy getting out and about there are lots to see and do in the nearby towns and cities.

Clitheroe – 10.2 miles

Skipton – 12.5 miles

Preston – 25.7 miles

Harrogate – 34.1 miles

Leeds – 38.6 miles

Transport links


The transport links in the local area are plentiful, with lots of options and destinations at your fingertips. Listed below are the closest ones and the distance from Holgates, Ribble Valley. 

Clitheroe Train Station – 7.2 miles

Whalley Train Station – 12 miles

Train times – Northernrailway.co.uk

Bus times – Stagecoachbus.com

Events, attractions and walking activities nearby 


Clitheroe Castle Museum (12.3 miles)

Clitheroe Castle has dominated the local skyline for over 800 years! Overlooking the picturesque town of Clitheroe, this ancient landmark sits proudly on top of its limestone mound.  The Castle and grounds are open daily and free to visit!  Stunning panoramic views of Ribble Valley’s beautiful and historic landscape can be seen from here, which certainly makes the climb up to the top worthwhile!

The award-winning Museum transports visitors through 350 million years of local history. Its located in the former Steward’s House, a Grade II listed building that was built in the 18th century.  There is also a gift shop making it a great day out for all the family.

Skipton Castle (12.3 miles)

Skipton Castle is over 900 years old, and is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England! Its definitely well worth a visit at any season of the year. (photo credit Skipton Castle, Yorkshire)

Thornton Hall Country Park (6.9 miles)

A working farm complete with safari rides, hands on animal encounters and indoor soft play, so the little ones can have fun whatever the weather! 

National Trust – Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge (19.1 miles)

Set in more than 400 acres of unspoilt woodland, Hardcastle Crags is a beauty spot of the South Pennines.

There are tumbling streams, glorious waterfalls and stacks of millstone grit, all crisscrossed by more than 15 miles of footpaths.

At the heart of the woodland you’ll find Gibson Mill, home to the Weaving Shed Cafe, which has no link to the national grid! 

Making the mill unique in the UK, its the Trust’s flagship sustainable building.

Pendle Hill

Most famous for its links to the now notorious witch trials of 1612, where the Pendle witches were tried and executed for witchcraft, Pendle Hill and its surrounding towns and villages are a truly bewitching area of Lancashire.

History and legend has woven a spell over Pendle. Pendle Hill rises above this ancient hunting ground, once the home of wolves and wild boar and to this day dotted with tiny hamlets and farms. 

The hill rises about 557 meters (1,827 feet) above sea level and is popular among hikers, walkers, and history enthusiasts.

Long distance walks, such as the 43-mile Pendle Way and parts of the Bronte Way, combine history with stunning scenery. It’s not an overly challenging climb for experienced hikers, but the terrain can be steep in parts. Once you reach the summit, the feeling of accomplishment coupled with the stunning vistas makes it truly worthwhile. And of course, descending back through the landscapes offers a chance to appreciate the views from a different perspective.

Other attractions nearby…

Browsholme Hall Gardens and Cafe 

Whalley Abbey

Clitheroe Country Market 

The Grand, Theatre 

Make unforgettable memories and start your ownership journey with Holgates today


While it feels secluded, the Ribble Valley is conveniently located with easy access to major cities like Manchester, Leeds and Preston, making travel to and from your holiday home convenient. Owning a holiday home in the Ribble Valley isn’t just about the property; it’s about embracing a lifestyle that prioritises tranquillity, nature, and a slower pace.

Ultimately, a holiday home here isn’t just a property investment; it’s an investment in creating lasting memories with family and friends in a truly remarkable setting

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