Ribble Valley 2020
Just recently, Ribble Valley was declared the happiest place in UK to live, and it is clear from feedback we regularly get from visitors, that happiness is natural here. The pleasure that local people get from living in characterful towns and villages amongst stunning countryside and is passed on time and time again to people who visit. Ribble Valley has a great warmth of welcome, and here are some of the reasons why…
A Food Heaven
Often referred to as the food heaven capital of the North, Ribble Valley offers an array of award-winning gastronomic experiences, from Michelin-star dining to family-friendly eateries. This is what makes the area so unique. Be it international cuisine or high-quality homegrown produce, there is something to suit every taste. Not to be overlooked are, moreover, the countless wine bars and pubs which distinguish themselves by their unequivocal elegance and charm.
Fantastic Places to Stay
In addition to wining and dining, Ribble Valley is home to an impressive selection of short- and long-stay accommodation. Glamping, cosy cottages and luxurious lodges, magnificent Tudor manors and beautiful B&Bs; it’s this variety of options that makes Ribble Valley such a popular choice. Everyone is welcome here, from soon-to-be newlyweds and families seeking peace and quiet, to long-lost friends reuniting in the place where their heart is.
Quintessentially English Countryside
With most of Ribble Valley within a designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ it is no that it attracts visitors seeking the peace and tranquillity of its beautiful river valleys and stunning open moorland countryside. It is a haven for cycling and walking, and we have developed a selection of ‘Walks with Taste’ to enable first time visitor to combine a well described self-guided circular walk with somewhere fantastic to eat.
A Rich Heritage
Another feature of Ribble Valley that makes it so unforgettable is its unique heritage. Sites such as the 14th century Whalley Abbey, the Ribchester Roman Museum and the medieval Clitheroe Castle form part of the locality’s backdrop. It is also home to Pendle Hill, well known for its witchcraft related heritage as well as being the likely birth place of the Quaker movement, following George Fox’s ‘vision of god’ from the top of the hill. What’s more, the breath-taking Stonyhurst College served as a source of inspiration for the prolific author JRR Tolkien, along with other well know artists and authors.
In addition to its history, Ribble Valley also plays host to annual cultural, music, art and food events including Clitheroe Food Festival, one of the best known of its kind in Great Britain.
Considering all that Ribble Valley has to offer, it’s no wonder that it is recognised nationally as one of the best places to live in the UK. Even the Queen told her biographer that she and Prince Philip yearn to retire to the area one day. Like Her Majesty, you are bound to fall in love with the many wonders of Ribble Valley.
For more information log onto www.visitribblevalley.gov.uk
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Or call into the Tourism Information Centre