Longridge (Ribble Valley)
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 Palace cinema, well worth a visit and also the Heritage and information centre .
Clitheroe (Ribble Valley)
A historic market town with a bustling high street and cobbled side roads offering independent shops, galleries and places to eat.
Overlooking the town is Clitheroe castle, set in 16 acres of surrounding grounds providing a panoramic view of the valley.
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.
There are also a number of new eateries including Holmes Mill, a former textile mill now home to Bowland Beer Hall. Also The Emporium offering eating , drinking and shopping.
Chipping (Ribble Valley)
Home to two cheesemakers, Chipping is a popular destination for cyclists and walkers, set amongst the hills with views over to Longridge Fell. Chipping is home to the most famous Steam Fair and annual country show. Gibbon Bridge Hotel offers delightful gardens, a lovely setiing to enjoy Afternoon Tea.
Set on the banks of the River Wyre with the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on her doorstep, the town is steeped in history with beautiful architecture, abundant wildlife and array of activities, whether you want an active holiday, a relaxing weekend or an enjoyable day trip.
Since 2000, Garstang has become known as the World's First Fairtrade Town, and in 2008 Garstang was voted the BEST town in Europe - winning a gold award in the prestigious Entente Florale competition.
This area is ideal for a country getaway. You can enjoy golfing, fishing, bird watching, beautiful countryside, and the town has and an extensive programme of walks for all levels. Furthermore you can enjoy a wide variety of independent retailers, cafes and restaurants and other leisure activities on offer.
Garstang is a small market town with a big history. Garstang is mentioned in the Domesday Book where it is referred to as Cherestanc. The medieval weinds bring a distinctive character to the High Street and the Market Cross and Greenhalgh Castle act as focal points to the town's historic past.
Garstang has a weekly market, which runs every Thursday - and has done since 1310! The Market House is also open Wednesday - Saturday and stallholders sell a good selection of local produce including cheeses, meats and vegetables. The Thursday market along the High Street offer a large selection of stalls including shoes, children's clothes, household goods, plants, books and lots more.
Whalley (Ribble Valley)
Perched on the banks of the River Calder Whalley is filled with characteristic buildings, character shops and lovely cafes and restaurants. There is an outdoor clothing and footwear shop Whalley Warm and Dry you will find trained fitters who measure and analyse and adapt walking boots for ultimate comfort. Lots of eateries including Benedicts an award winning bistro and Whalley Wine Shop specialising in fine vintages and other wines you are able to try them.
The Abbey a former 14th century monastery which was demolished and a country house built on the site. The viaduct is the longest in Lancashire and was built to carry the railway over the River Calder. It is a key feature of Whalley's distinctive character.