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July 17, 2023

Why you should Summer Holiday in Ribble Valley


Boasting stunning countryside and plenty of attractions, The Ribble Valley is one of the best places to visit for a UK summer holiday in the North West. 

Discover the beautiful Ribble Valley District

Situated on the outskirts of the Forest of Bowland, Ribble Valley in Lancashire is home to idyllic villages, quaint cottages, stunning walks and delicious food and drink options. 

What areas are in the Ribble Valley?

The Ribble Valley covers a large area of Lancashire in the north of England and includes the towns and villages of Clitheroe, Whalley, Longridge, Chatburn, Downham, Sabden, Chipping, Pendle, and Barnoldswick. The beautiful countryside of the Ribble Valley extends from the foothills of the Pennines to the coastline of Morecambe Bay. 

Visitors will find plenty of activities, such as walking, cycling, horse riding, golfing, fishing, and bird watching. There are also many interesting historical sites and places to visit nearby including, stately homes, castles, and museums.

What is Ribble Valley known for?

Ribble Valley is known for its stunning rural landscape and the majority of the area, from the River Ribble to the Bowland Fells, is a designated National Landscape. 

The area is also renowned for its traditional shops, pubs, restaurants, and tourist attractions, from the iconic Waddington Fell to the historic market town of Clitheroe and its trendy Beer and Food Hall at Holmes Mill. 

A variety of events and activities take place throughout the year in Ribble Valley, from agricultural shows to craft fairs. The area is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders, who can take advantage of the many trails, pathways and circular walks across the region.

Take the famous Tolkien Trail to experience the author’s journey through the landscape, starting and ending in the village of Hurst Green. There’s also the Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail which offers stunning views of the Forest of Bowland and the River Ribble. 

Visit a Picturesque Village or Market Town 

The Ribble Valley is home to many picturesque villages and market towns, each with its unique charm and character. Clitheroe and Longridge are the main market towns in the area and offer a selection of shopping, cafés and restaurants. Meanwhile, smaller villages such as Downham, Belmont and Waddington are surrounded by beautiful countryside and offer a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of town life. 

How many villages are in Ribble Valley?

The exact number of villages in Ribble Valley is unclear, but estimates suggest it is between 40-50. The area includes villages, such as Clitheroe, Whalley, Longridge, Rimington and Chatburn. Tourists visit Ribble Valley villages to enjoy the picturesque scenery and explore the area’s history. 

Visitors can explore the beautiful Ribble Valley countryside around Clitheroe on a long-distance walking trail. The trail passes through 12 valley villages: Whalley, Mitton, Clitheroe (outskirts), Waddington, West Bradford, Grindleton, Chatburn, Sawley plus Downham, Worston, Pendleton, and Wiswell before returning beneath Pendle Hill.

Stay at a Holgates Holiday Home in Ribble Valley

Discover our Holgates Ribble Valley Holiday Park in Rimington, near Gisburn and book a summer holiday to remember. 

Located just outside of Gisburn Village, our countryside park is a perfect place to relax, unwind, enjoy the fresh air and take in the spectacular views of Pendle Hill. Our holiday park in the area of outstanding natural beauty is also the perfect base for adventure and exploring Ribble Valley and the surrounding countryside, from walking in Gisburn Forest to shopping in the market towns or taking a wander through the villages. 

Our high-quality accommodation in Lancashire is beautifully furnished and provides guests with all the home comforts required for rest and relaxation. Our static caravan and holiday lodge park also boasts fantastic facilities, including a bar with an outside terrace, ideal for a quiet drink, an outdoor play area for children and an on-site laundrette. The site also offers glamping pods and touring pitches. Holgates Ribble Valley is also a dog-friendly holiday park, and the surrounding countryside offers a range of walks perfect for you and your dogs.

So, whether you’re enjoying a break with family, friends or little ones, Holgates Ribble Valley Holiday Park is an ideal place to escape to and spend quality time, whatever the season. Book a holiday home for your Ribble Valley summer holiday today!

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