Like much of the Ribble Valley and Lancashire, the weakness of under-funded tourism-cum-marketing is also its endearing strength. There are some wonderful places to see and things to do around these parts. But happily for those of us who avoid the crowds, comparatively few folk know about them: if it thrives, it does so because of locals and surrounding villages, though the train brings in a good number of walkers.
Compared to Northumberland’s high-rise gems, Clitheroe Castle is a bit toy-town, but there’s a good summer sun trap round the back of the cafe and it’s a great place to watch the sun suck the light out of the sky as it sinks into the Western horizon.
Weekends can get a bit feisty, but generally Clitheroe is a great place to eat, drink, picnic, play out and be merry. For lazy Summer days, there’s ‘Little Blackpool’ down by the River Ribble at Eddisford Bridge, and a lively skateboard park where the Clitheroe Massive pull Plasma Spins and Camel Flips.
Clitheroe is within range of a world of (partially) hidden treasures, walks, rivers and villages etc., which are deserving of a separate travel guide. A few are featured below but I hope to return to the better ones (I have no shortage of pictures).
Ribble Pendle & Bowland Prints