Clitheroe is an attractive market town in the Ribble Valley in East Lancashire, which claims to be at the geographic heart of England. It lies to the south of the Forest of Bowland and is the ideal staging post for visiting that area, known as 'Lancashire's hidden gem'.

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Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail

This includes over 20 interesting sculptures, plus interpretation boards about the area and its wildlife. The trail travels through Brungerley Park and Cross Hill Quarry, combining river and woodland walking with good views and wildlife in the nature reserve managed by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust. Starts less than a mile from Clitheroe town centre, heading north towards Waddington.

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Clitheroe Castle

which is often said to have the smallest Norman keep in England. It stands on a 35-metre outcrop of limestone and is one of the oldest buildings in Lancashire, and is surrounded by pleasant gardens and a park. It is also the only remaining castle in the county which had a royalist garrison during the English Civil War.

SEE   —  +44 1200 424568 —  Castle St

Browsholme Hall

The oldest surviving family home in Lancashire is the ancestral home of the Parker Family, who have lived there since it was built in 1507.

SEE   —  +44 1254 827166 —  Clitheroe Rd

Sawley Abbey

The remains of a Cistercian abbey founded in 1148, set on the banks of the Ribble against a backdrop of dramatic hills.

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Whalley Abbey

A 14th century Cistercian Abbey on the banks of the Calder.

Platform Gallery

at the railway station - an excellent craft gallery.

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Source: wikivoyage