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the Ribble Valley

Things to do whilst glamping

In just a just a few minutes by train you’ll find Whalley and one stop beyond that, is popular market town Clitheroe. In both you will find an abundance of boutique shops, craft beer, gin and wine bars, quirky cafes, restaurants and pubs. Head to Holmes Mill in Clitheroe where you’ll find the local brewery, beer hall and a bistro all under one roof. Here you can also shop for local treats in the shops and Holmes Mill Food Hall is not to be missed. Don't forget to stop for an ice cream at the parlour.  

Explore Clitheroe castle and grounds free of charge and visit the museum to learn of its medieval history. If you're hungry for more, Whalley is home to the ruins of a 14th Century Cistercian - Whalley Abbey, set in stunning grounds on the banks of the River Calder. The Ribble Valley is also home to the historic Stonyhurst College, the Roman village of Ribchester and the traditional villages of Downham, Waddington and Chipping. 

There are scenic walks straight from the retreat, but within a 15-minute drive you'll find the world-famous Tolkien Trail (Hurst Green) and follow in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien himself. It was the beautiful landscape of this area that inspired the famous writer. We are right on the fringe of an area of outstanding natural beauty – the Forest of Bowland makes for a fabulous scenic drive, walk or bike ride.   

It’s not just the scenery that makes the Ribble Valley a great place for cyclists. There are plenty of places where you can hire bikes, even electric bikes, and so many tourism businesses are keen to make cyclists welcome. Many offer bike storage facilities and even cycling meal deals. We have lots of resources available to help you find the perfect relaxing ride or tough terrain trail.  

Ever wanted to know more about the infamous Pendle Witches? Here at the retreat, we are lucky enough to have majestic Pendle Hill as our backdrop. Grab one of our ‘Walking with Witches’ guides and begin your discovery of mystery and witchcraft. These 400-year-old stories of intrigue make great firepit tales when the moon rises over the hill. 

The Ribble valley is renowned for its passion for good food and is said to be the food capital of the North. With locally produced, fresh food, the whole area is brimming with gastro pubs and premium restaurants. Northcote, our local Michelin star restaurant is just a short walk away. You don't need any other reason to visit than Ribble Valley food.

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