Longridge, Ribble Valley and Forest of Bowland

There is something to do for everyone in the Ribble Valley

At the Centre of the Kingdom lies the hidden gem that is Ribble Valley. With its picturesque villages, soul-soothing countryside and warm-hearted inhabitants,  it is somewhere rather special—and certainly worth a visit. A place to make memories that will last a lifetime. We are an ideal base to visit outside the Ribble Valley too we are approximately 60 minutes from the Lake District, 40 minutes to Blackpool and 50 minutes to Manchester City Centre excellent place to see one of the many concerts.

A warm extra layer and a good waterproof will be needed on all but the most perfect of summer days. For the more energetic, Gisburn Forest in the Trough of Bowland offers a range of mountain bike tracks for all abilities and there are miles of ‘Quiet Lanes’ for cyclists in the area (forestofbowland.com/cycling-information). cyclists and walkers paradise having Gisburn Forest close by in the Forest of Bowland and its numerous trails  https://www.gisburnbiketrails.com/.


The story of the Pendle Witches is as pervasive as the chill mist that often clings to the hill’s whaleback ridgeline. But the truth is altogether less romantic. What was essentially a family feud between members of an extended clan escalated out of proportion, with children enlisted to testify against their relatives in the original ‘witch-hunt’.

After a series of diabolical events in the Forest of Pendle – including souring of the beer at the Four Alls pub in Higham and making of butter from skimmed milk without a churn – 20 alleged witches were rounded up and marched off over the fells to the assizes at Lancaster. In the ensuing trial, the suspect evidence of nine-year-old Jennet Device resulted in the conviction and hanging of ten ‘witches’ – including her own mother Elizabeth and her sister Alizon.

The legal precedent established at the Pendle witch trials had echoes on the other side of the Atlantic 80 years later when the evidence of children led to the conviction and hanging of 19 ‘witches’ in the infamous Salem trials.

The Pendle Heritage Centre in the canalside village of Barrowford to the east of the hill offers a fascinating insight into the story of the Pendle Witches and the wider history of this undiscovered area. It’s open every day from 10am to 4pm (pendleheritage.co.uk).

Throughout the year there are many festivals from Music and Food to Mod weekends. For further information of what is going on when you visit Ribble Valley Events

Or the many walking routes available something to suit all abilities https://www.visitribblevalley.co.uk/walking/.







Longridge and Surrounding Area

Longridge is a growing Market Town  a former cotton mill town it is now the perfect gateway to the Forest of Bowland. Most of the houses and buildings are built from the locally quarried sandstone. Longridge has a wide variety of unique shops, bars, cafes and eating establishments. There is also the Longridge cinema The Palace a privately owned local business offering a unique viewing experience with a touch of tradition, its well worth a visit. It is not just a cinema its a venue that now has gigs, shows and comedy acts.

Clitheroe is a historic Market Town with a bustling high street and cobbled side roads offering independant shops, galleries and places to eat and drink. The towns most notable building is Clitheroe Castle.

Clitheroe Food Festival a free family day out which showcases the finest of Lancashire food producers. Live entertainment and arts is on offer at The Grand, a venue that opened its doors early in 2008.

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Things to do in Longridge and places to visit

Things to do for families with little ones and teenagers alike there is Bowland Wild Boar Animal Park, located on the outskirts of Chipping village within a 30 acre woodland site. Children can be hands on with animal petting includes baby chick stroking and hand feeding a wide range of animals including deer, llamas, goats and lambs. https://www.wildboarpark.co.uk/

Things to do for couples a place worth a visit is Holmes Mill Clitheroe a unique celebration of Lancashire food, drink and entertainment. Featuring a beer hall, hotel, food hall and much more, this former textiles mill is the perfect place to indulge, unwind and explore. You can grab a bite to eat in the main bar or a visit into the Food Hall is fabulous. They host lots of events too so its worth having a look on the website https://www.holmesmill.co.uk/.