The Ribble Valley’s stunning landscape and rich heritage is integral to the food grown and produce made here. Enjoy a delicious 24 hours eating your way around this bountiful part of Lancashire.

The Red Pump is a picturesque country inn in the tiny village of Bashall Eaves, within the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Stone flag floors, oak beams, crackling open fi res and eight boutique bedrooms complete with French antique beds and powerful wet room showers, make this a real luxury B&B experience. Recommended in Alastair Sawday’s Secret Places and the Good Pub Guide, you’ll have a fantastic night sleep and great food.

After breakfast it’s time to explore. Start with a visit to the renowned Melt Candle  shop, Chandlery and Reading Room. Renowned for their exquisite fi ne fragranced hand poured candles, Melt have been making and exporting candles in the heart of the beautiful Ribble Valley since 1999. Each candle takes up to 36 hours to produce – resulting in a unique and beautifully fragranced candle. Just along the road is Bashall Barn, a farm shop with a diff erence. Offering a wide selection of locally produced food together with a variety of quality gifts. Bashall is also the perfect place to stop for a mid-morning coffee,  whilst you admire the splendid views across the valley.

Drive down to the River Ribble, the area’s namesake, to The Aspinall Arms, right on the banks of the river overlooking the medieval All Hallows Church and the 14th Century Great Mitton Hall. With terraced and landscaped gardens outside, and fl agged floors and open fires inside, it’s just the place for walkers, cyclists and anglers to mingle with the locals.

Have a short walk along the Ribble before you settle in for a delicious lunch. After lunch head into Clitheroe to the town’s castle keep and museum that stand high on Castle Hill and have dominated Clitheroe’s skyline for over 800 years. The Castle Keep itself is free to explore and enjoys panoramic views across the valley and over to Pendle Hill.

The museum tells the story of Clitheroe and its surrounding area from the formation of the land 350 million years ago to the people who have lived in the area and the areas famous legends and folklore. Clitheroe itself is a unique Lancashire market town with a proud range of speciality shops including the cellars of the famous Byrnes Wine Merchants, the amazing range of coff ees available at Exchange Coffee and Cowman’s renowned sausage shop.

For dinner we recommend driving to the conservation village of Dowham and the award winning Assheton Arms. Boasting stunning views of Pendle Hill, this traditional country inn has a great atmosphere and serves up the best of local and British produce whilst specialising in seafood.

After dinner head back into Clitheroe to the Beer Hall at Holmes Mill, the longest bar in the UK and home to at least 24 diff erent cask ales, including beers from the on-site award winning Bowland Brewery. Finish the day by raising a glass to the beautiful and bountiful Ribble Valley!

For more information go to visitlancashire.com/ribblevalley

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The Red Pump Inn
Inn
The Red Pump Inn

Luxury Country Inn with Eight Boutique Bedrooms and Four Glamping Yurts. Set amidst the outstanding natural beauty of the Forest of Bowland, is a picturesque country inn at the heart of the village of Bashall Eaves.

The Aspinall Arms
Pub/Inn
The Aspinall Arms

The Aspinall Arms is found right in the heart of the Ribble Valley, and sits on the banks of the river overlooking the medieval All Hallows Church and the 14th Century Great Mitton Hall.

Mitton Hall
Guest House
Mitton Hall

Delightful accommodation set on the banks of the River Ribble. 2 miles from Whalley. Food served daily & the public bar is open all day every day.

Clitheroe Castle and Museum
Castle / Fort
Clitheroe Castle and Museum

This historic landmark, in the heart of Ribble Valley provides a stunning vantage point. Intriguing galleries take you through 350 million years of history and geology of the local area.

Exchange Coffee Clitheroe
Café
Exchange Coffee Clitheroe

This atmospheric coffee emporium is spread over three floors, with nostalgia running through all its nooks and crannies, shelves laden with coffees and related ephemera, and the aroma of freshly roasted beans everywhere.

The Assheton Arms
Pub/Inn
Fish

The Assheton Arms at Downham - Lancashire Life’s Dining Pub of the Year - is an historic Grade II listed village pub in the untouched conservation village of Downham with stunning views across the Ribble Valley.

Holmes Mill
Bar
Holmes Mill

The beautifully renovated former textiles mill is pretty hard to miss and is home to the fabulous new showcase and tasting parlour for Bowland Brewery the Beer Hall.

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