Ribble Valley local area guide

Ribble Valley in East Lancashire is home to charming villages and towns including Whalley, Clitheroe, Longridge and Wiswell. Get to know the area in our local guide.

About Ribble Valley

Ribble Valley is a borough filled with natural beauty – the large picturesque open green spaces are a real appeal. In addition, the villages and towns are home to warm and friendly communities and there is a wide range of activities to keep you entertained.

Favourite cafes in Ribble Valley

Deux Amis – An elegant, charming cafe with a French twist, the menu is inspired by locally sourced produce. They’re also open a few evenings a week for sharing platters and drinks. 5 George St, Whalley, Clitheroe BB7 9TH

Brioche – A modern bistro serving homemade cakes and pastries, you’ll want to try out their popular afternoon teas. 19-21 Wellgate, Clitheroe BB7 2DP 


Best places to eat in Ribble Valley

Spread Eagle Inn – Enjoy classic pub food in a unique setting; find comfort foods including homemade pies of the day and a traditional roast on a Sunday. Sawley, Clitheroe BB7 4NH Brizola Bar & Grill – A friendly, family-run restaurant serving up delicious Greek food. With a special lunch menu, vegetarian options as well as a vegan menu, this restaurant is suitable for all. Swan Courtyard, Clitheroe BB7 2DQ The Wellsprings – With a fantastic panoramic view that overlooks the Ribble Valley, this Spanish and Mexican restaurant is one of a kind. They have a fantastic menu and stunning outdoor seating. Clitheroe Rd, Sabden, Clitheroe BB7 9HN The Inn at Whitewell – A multi award-winning traditional rural inn, eat tasty dishes made with local ingredients in a beautiful setting.  Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, Clitheroe BB7 3AT


Our favourite pubs in Ribble Valley

The Coach and Horses – Set in the heart of Ribble Valley, this local coach inn has a variety of drinks and they also brew their own ale – 4 Mice Ales – on-site using English hops and Bolton by Bowland well water. Main Street, Bolton by Bowland, Lancashire, BB7 4NW Higher Buck – With a high reputation for fine ales and good food, this pub welcomes walkers, dogs, families and wedding parties. The Square, Waddington, Clitheroe BB7 3HZ Aspinall Arms – Sitting on the banks of the river, this pub has a terraced and landscaped garden outside serving up quality food and a wide range of drinks. Mitton Rd, Clitheroe BB7 9PQ The Black Bull – This popular charming, intimate pub has recently been refurbished and has a large outdoor area. Their Ultimate Roast Board on a Sunday is a must-try. Old Langho Rd, Blackburn BB6 8AW


Places to go for walks in Ribble Valley

The Tolkein Trail – Follow the famous footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkein himself and see how the scenic landscape of Ribble Valley inspired him in the notable “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Hurst Green, Lancashire Kemple End – A small quarry with fantastic views of Ribble Valley at the top, this walk will get your heart racing with the route requiring you to go up and down. Kemple End, Longridge Fell, Lancashire Forest of Bowland – This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – safeguarded in the national interest – is an absolutely stunning area for a walk. Enjoy the peaceful countryside and spot some wildlife while you’re there. The Forest of Bowland AONB, Kettledrum, 6 Root Hill Estate Yard, Whitewell Road, Dunsop Bridge, Lancashire, BB7 3AY The River Ribble – This looped trail is suitable for all levels – walk, hike or cycle. Take in the fresh air and appreciate nature or go to do some bird watching. Located near Preston, Lancashire, England

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