The Ribble Valley
You know it is a pretty special place when the Queen says she would
love retire there if she was ever allowed to hang up her crown.There is no doubt that the Ribble Valley and the surrounding countryside is a hidden gem as far as the rest of the UK is concerned.
Those of us lucky enough to live within the County Palatine know that it is full of charming villages, bustling market towns, independent small shops and more brilliant food producer, retailers and restaurants than you can shake a bread stick at.
At Shreyas Cottages, we have decided to take a closer look at the Ribble Valley and have put together this insiders guide to give you a feel for a place more and more people are visiting.
The Local Area
See for yourself how a visit to Ribble Valley can revitalise your senses with its spectacular commanding fells and lush green valleys revealing your love of the great outdoors. Walk in the footsteps of Romans, Normans and literary masterminds who once set foot in this historic landscape. Explore quaint market towns such as Clitheroe and Longridge and picturesque villages brimming with individual shops, historic treasures and tales.
Savour the fresh flavours of tempting treats and feasts for food lovers as Clitheroe develops as Lancashire's Food Town and Ribble Valley is fast becoming known for our local culinary delights and first class hospitality. Try the Ribble Valley Food Trail or perhaps come and sample the Clitheroe Food Festival in August.
We have put together some more information about the Ribble Valley itself and why it is such a special place to us.
Surrounded by glorious, unspoilt landscapes, there are opportunities for everyone to enjoy in the Ribble Valley. From shopping and entertainment, to history filled family days out exploring the Ribble Valley's rich heritage and great places for food and drink, to walks in the countryside and quiet, idyllic villages just waiting to be explored.
If being in the great outdoors is your thing the Ribble Valley has plenty to offer for cyclists of all abilities from gentle cycle routes that take you down quiet country lanes to the challenging Forest of Bowland which offers fantastic mountain biking for the more experienced rider.
If you enjoy country walking where better to discover the stunning high moorland scenery and beautiful riverside walks. And, with a fine variety of good hostelries where better to end the walk than with a hearty meal by an open log fire. And of course many of our village pubs welcome dogs too.
Places To Visit
Lancashire is an underrated gem in the north of England. This county has a stunning coastline as well as some gorgeous countryside; including the Forest of Bowland which has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Although the nearby Lake District may steal the limelight, we say there are plenty of beautiful places in Lancashire worth visiting.
We have put together some of our favourites with the key attractions that draws such a high number of tourists to the area. If there is any place in particular that you do wish to explore and want us to arrange transport please let us know before your arrival.