A short drive from Gisburn (10-15 minutes)

Market town of Clitheroe  -   Visit Clitheroe Castle, reputed to be the smallest Norman Castle in England and  voted one of the top tourist attractions in the north. Clitheroe is well known for its great selection of specialist shops.  Among our favourites is Byrnes Wine Shop – it’s a wonderful experience to explore the underground cellar for a special bottle of wine – they have a huge selection of wines from all over the world.  Another favourite is The Exchange Coffee Company – this is a really wonderful coffee shop.  You can watch, and smell your coffee being roasted in the shop, and then wander through into the lovely Victorian coffee house with cosy rooms over three floors. 

Beautiful village of Whalley – My suggestion for a lovely afternoon would be to walk through Whalley Nab (a gorgeous wooded hillside which provides the backdrop for the village), then enjoy afternoon Tea in Benedicts, a continental style café bar serving great food and coffee and the best custard tart I have ever tasted.  A wander through the village would round off the afternoon, taking in Whalley Abbey with its splendid architectural styles and the many specialist shops.

Breda Murphy – Just outside Whalley you just have to try Food by Breda Murphy.  Breda used to be head chef at the renowned Inn at Whitewell before founding her own business in 2006. This is a gem of a restaurant and Deli serving delicious food with a modern twist and Afternoon Tea has to be seen to be believed.

Market town of Skipton -At the top of Skipton’s main street stand the massive twin towers of Skipton Castle.  This castle is well worth a visit – it is over 900 years old and is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England.  Skipton is a very busy tourist location  crammed with independent shops, a small department store and a colourful market which is held 4 days a week.  There are plenty of coffee shops and tea rooms:  even a Russian Tea Room incorporating a massive emporium of Russian and Eastern European gifts, crafts and jewelry. The main street is a delight with lots of pavement cafes where you can enjoy  street entertainers.

Forest of Bowland

Picturesque village of Bolton by Bowland – locally known as ‘The Jewel in the Valley’, Bolton by Bowland is a tranquil and charming little village with two village greens.  But our favourite thing to do here is to have dinner at The Coach and Horses Boutique Dining House – it was voted Ribble Valley Inn of the Year in 2011 and serves seriously good food.  Just opposite is the quaint little gift shop, Twenty Three.  This is “….a tiny shop full of big surprises” selling a fabulous range of gifts and cards, some made by local crafts people.

The picturesque village of Downham, which nestles across the valley from the mysterious Pendle Hill, has been used as the location for many films including Whistle down the Wind. The village is owned by Lord Clitheroe who ensures that the village retains its lovely chocolate box appearance,  There are many beautiful circular walks from here and the fabulous Assheton Arms with its Seafood led menu, is operated by The Seafood Pub Company and is a great spot to round off your walk. 

Barnoldswick is a friendly, bustling, traditional town.  It is surrounded by wonderful walking countryside, and meandering through the town is the superb summit stretch of the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Barnoldswick has the highest proportion of  independent shops than in any other town in the country. There is a real Café Culture here which we love and our favourite place is the independently owned Coffee Corner – the atmosphere is quirky and friendly and the coffee is great.

Boundary Mill – this is the largest quality Mill Store in the UK selling everything from clothes to luggage, bakeware to bedding  etc. etc.

East Marton – The Leeds Liverpool canal passes through East Marton.  It’s a surprisingly lovely place with the canal meandering through meadows.  There is a busy anchorage on this stretch of the canal for a whole variety of boat traffic. There’s so much to watch here and perfect for walking – very picturesque, and just by the canal you will find a cute little café called Abbots Harbour Licensed Café and Restaurant. The restaurant is in a converted cow shed which has wooden beams and uneven floors – Get a table outside if you can, enjoy the great food and look out for the pair of swans which live on this stretch of the canal. Bliss.

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