Discover the beauty of Lancashire

Discover the beauty and enjoy the tranquility of this unspoiled area of rural Lancashire. With hundreds of square miles of glorious and peaceful countryside, The Ribble Valley is the perfect gateway destination. Here you can relax in the fresh air, walk the hills, stroll along the riverside paths or explore dozens of ancient villages.

Lancashire’s Ribble Valley is the geographical centre of the United Kingdom – and the ideal place to visit when travelling from the North or South of the country. It is the jewel in Lancashire’s crown – a charming combination of stunning scenery and picturesque villages just waiting to be discovered.

The breathtaking countryside – including the Forest of Bowland, a designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ – is perfect for exploring. Make time to visit the historic market town of Clitheroe and admire the castle with its panoramic views, then delve into the myriad of village shops, cafes and bars.

Minutes from Northcote is the village of Whalley, famous for its beautiful Cistercian Abbey dating back to 1320. Also worth a visit is Stonyhurst College which is open for tours during the summer and is a walkers paradise with plentiful footpaths including the Tolkien Trail.

Forest of Bowland AONB

The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers 300 sq miles of rural Lancashire and North Yorkshire. Expanses of sky above dramatic sweeps of open moorland, gentle and tidy lowlands, crisscrossed with dry stone walls and dotted with picturesque farms and villages. Partake in some of the most peaceful and remote walking, riding and cycling in the country or observe some of the rare and enigmatic birds and wildlife.

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The Ribble Valley

Lose yourself in the rural haven of Ribble Valley, the perfect place for you to escape the frantic pace of every day life, whatever the time of year. Enjoy the great outdoors, walking or cycling, explore quaint market towns and picturesque historic villages.

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Lancashire is a beautiful county steeped in history with rolling countryside to explore. Whether is it is a romantic weekend away or a holiday with the family, or even a business trip that has brought you to this fantastic county there is a variety of attractions and activities to suit all.

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