Ribble Valley Community Page

Ribble Valley, is a borough and administrative county of Lancashire. It is situated along the county’s eastern border, extending into the western Pennine uplands. The southern part of the borough, including the lower River Ribble valley. In additiion, are the two largest towns, Clitheroe—the borough’s administrative centre and Longridge. The remainder of the mostly rural borough, including the Ribble valley above Chatburn, the Pennine uplands to the north, and the Forest of Bowland region, belongs to the historic county of Yorkshire.

River Ribble

The River Ribble flows through a wide, cultivated lowland valley in the east and south between the Pennine uplands to the north and those on the southern edge of the borough. The predominantly grit moorland in the borough’s section of the Pennines surrounds relatively slablike limestone summits that are deeply dissected by upland dales. A former royal hunting ground in the northeastern part of the borough has been planted with conifers; except for this, the Forest of Bowland is a misnomer for the scenic region of hills and moors that occupies the northern part of the borough.

Pendle Hill

Pendle Hill, a prominent limestone hill, rises to 1,831 feet above the towns of Clitheroe and Whalley at the southern limits of the borough; there George Fox (1624–91) reported receiving the vision that moved him to form the Society of Friends (Quakers). The hill has also been historically associated with witchcraft as described in William Harrison Ainsworth’s The Lancashire Witches(1849). Clitheroe, the borough’s commercial centre, has a variety of light industries. Limestone is quarried nearby. Sheep and cattle graze the hillsides. The area spans 225 square miles. Finally, the population size  as at 2011 was at 57,132.

There are many groups and clubs in the Ribble Valley which play an important part in the community. Here’s a few you can find on Ribble Valley Online.

Groups & Club

Ribble Valley is at the official centre of the Kingdom and is a place infused with  history, holidng a wonderfully rich heritage.

An area of outstanding natural beauty, well-known for its scenic countryside, delicious food and famous landmarks, Ribble Valley is at the official centre of the Kingdom and is a place infused with history, holding a wonderfullyrich heritage.

Award-winning Clitheroe Castle is a major must-see landmark in Ribble Valley, with a fascinating interactive museum and Keep. The castle’s Keep is free to explore and you can also enjoy breath-taking panoramic views of the Valley from this historic location.

Close-by to Clitheroe Castle, you will find former textiles mill, Holmes Mill. Established in 1823, Holmes Mill has officially been brought back to life and has now been developed into a beautifully designed leisure venue, with its very own beer hall, food hall and hotel. To complete such beautiful décor, you will find some original features to keep the Victorian Industrial theme going, such as a large mill engine located in the ‘engine room’.

The 14th Century Whalley Abbey is yet another famous visitor attraction, set in beautiful gardens and lush woodland beside the River Calder. Just 8 miles from Whalley Abbey lays the remains of a Cistercian Abbey in Sawley, founded in 1148 and located on the banks of the River Ribble. Here, you can explore the few significant structures of the buildings that remain, since Henry VIII’s dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536.

Located on the North bank of the River Ribble, you will find Lancashire’s only specialist Roman museum, in the picturesque Roman village of Ribchester. The museum was built above the remains of the headquarters building of the Roman fort and opened up to the public, back in 1914. Each year, the museum holds an annual Roman re-enactment, where visitors can come along and watch exciting and realistic demonstrations, based on the everyday and military life of the Romans.

Dominating the skyline of the rural and picturesque landscape, lays the historically famous Pendle Hill. It is renowned for its connection with the trials of the 17th century Pendle witches, which took place in 1612, as well as for the visitation of George Fox, who had a vision of a “great people to be gathered” waiting for him. Pendle Hill is an incredibly atmospheric place, bursting with fascinating history and has the most stunning views to enjoy.

Set in a beautiful and rural landscape in the Forest of Bowland, you will find privately-owned Elizabethan home, Browsholme Hall. After 14 generations, it is claimed to be the oldest surviving family home in Lancashire. Visitors are invited in to the home to experience a guided tour and explore its beautiful architecture, fabulous interior and antique furnishings.

Longridge Heritage Centre allows people to collect information based on Longridge and the surrounding area. Open to the public, you are able to visit the centre and browse through photographs or even experience one of the frequently changing exhibitions. You can even attend talks on local heritage topics that are held throughout the year.

Discover more www.visitribblevalley.co.uk

Stydd Gardens

Experience, like so many others, the unique atmosphere of this enchanting place. You can’t just put your finger on it – or easily explain it, but you get a feeling. Is it a little bit like stepping back in time – or maybe nostalgic? Well, we don’t exactly know, but lots of our visitors say the same thing. It’s different to anywhere else. You will only know what we mean if you come and feel it for yourself.

For further information please visit https://www.stydd.com

Historic Browsholme

browsholme hallBrowsholme Hall, lies in the Forest of Bowland four miles north-west of Clitheroe. Overlooking the Hodder Valley, it is believed to be the oldest surviving family home in Lancashire, and is open for fascinating tours and special events.

For further information please visit www.browsholme.com

Wild Boar Park

Young girl with baby wild boarsPicnics, walks, wildlife, play areas and fun for all the family at Wild Boar Park. Enjoy feeding the animals and meeting the famous wild boar face to face. It’s worth checking out the website for special events and for when new arrivals are born, and you can be amongst the first to see them.

For further information please visit www.wildboarpark.co.uk

Organic Gazegill

Gazegill-OrganicsHere is a great opportunity to experience a traditional working farm, in the heart of Ribble Valley’s finest countryside. You can meet the farmer, learn about organic farming and meet a variety of animals too. A farm shop has a tasty range of treats on offer most of which are home produced or locally sourced but all come naturally with no added chemicals or additives. Watch out for special events throughout the year.

For further information please visit www.gazegillorganics.co.uk

The Emporium

The EmporiumVisit The Emporium Clitheroe for a truly intoxicating lifestyle experience. Half coffee shop, wine bar and brasserie; half
interior design superstore. The Emporium is genuinely unlike anywhere you have seen or been before. Its Parisian Grand Cafe style appeals to everyone. Don’t forget that everything in the building is for sale (except the staff!). Any item can be bought as seen or ordered in new.

For further information please visit www.theemporiumclitheroe.co.uk

Mrs Dowsons

Step into the farming world where nature and family-friendliness combine. Come and join the farmer for some of the most exciting events on the farming calendar, from Lambing Live to Nature Walks and Tractor Rides – be sure to finish the day off with one of Mrs Dowsons award winning Ice Creams. For further information please visit www.mrsdowsons.com


Down a country lane, a mile away from Waddington visitors are always assured of a warm and smiley welcome at ‘Melt’. Their own range of candles and melt products made on site, along with organic skincare ranges, niche perfumes, cashmere, leather goods and jewellery offer a diverse, calm and sophisticated shopping experience.

Ribble Valley was named in the Happies Place to Live in the UK in 2019, following a study by the Office for National Statistics.

Ask the residents of the Ribble Valley whether they would swap their rural lives for a busy city one, and the answer is straightforward: “Definitely not. The thought of it horrifies me,” said Jonathan Gledhill, the landlord of the Red Pump Inn, a village dining pub in this quiet part of mid-Lancashire.

Just north of the former mill towns of south Lancashire, this green and pleasant part of the north-west – which includes the vast and unspoilt Forest of Bowland – is officially the happiest place in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics. On a scale of 0 to 10, Ribble Valley residents scored an average of 8.30 when asked by government surveyors about how happy they felt. This compared with an average of 7.56 for the country at large.

Away from city life

“It’s not surprising. People here derive a great pleasure from living their lives, as opposed to gathering material possessions. They might have bit of money and a nice house, but they’re not on a city centre treadmill,” said Gledhill, who moved to the tiny parish of Bashall Eaves five years ago with his wife, Fran, to run the Red Pump.