Exploring Ribble Valley
Located in the Ribble Valley
Located at the foot of the Ribble Valley, the Millstone is a wonderful destination for exploring some of the most beautiful scenery in Lancashire, along with fun local attractions for everyone to enjoy.
Here are a few of our favourite things to do in the Ribble Valley from your perfect base, the Millstone
If you’re a fan of fiction and looking to learn more about your literary favourites, the Tolkien Trail is a must-do attraction for you. During his time at Stonyhurst college during the Second World War, J.R.R Tolkien found much inspiration in the gorgeous environments and tranquil scenery found in the Ribble Valley. Many people have found connections with the landscape on the 5.5-mile Tolkien Trail to his iconic work, from names like Shire Lane that may have influenced the famous home of the Hobbits, to the varied greenery and wildlife that may have been a creative backdrop for Tolkien’s ideas for the Shire.
Forest of Bowland
Once referred to as the “Switzerland of England”, the Forest of Bowland is a beautiful area of rolling fells, scenic vistas and gorgeous countryside on the western edge of the Pennines. Offering 312 square miles of deep valleys and picturesque villages, the forest provides a great opportunity for walking and exploring, from climbing 557 metres to the summit of Pendle Hill, or enjoy the walking & cycling trails of Gisburn Forest.
Brockholes Nature Reserve
A former sand & gravel quarry that has transformed into a serene natural haven, Brockholes Nature Reserve is brimming with fascinating wildlife and is home to tranquil lakes, blossoming flowers and enchanting scenery. At 250 acres of woodlands and wetlands, there’s plenty for you to explore and marvel at, including a network of trails and hides leading to the fantastic floating village, the first of it’s kind in the UK.
Located just a 20 minute drive from the inn, the town of Clitheroe is regularly busy with year round attractions and seasonal activities that’ll keep you busy no matter when you visit. First, there’s the Bowland Brew Hall, home to the famous Bowland Brewery, a fantastic & unique environment that features 24 distinct cask ales and a variety of other tipples. Next door is the Everyman Cinema, a wonderful cinema experience where you’ll view the latest movies in luxury with comfy sofas, delicious food, tasty cocktails and more. And if you’re looking to explore the area and broaden your intellect, there’s Clitheroe Castle. First built in 1186 by Robert De Lacy, the castle sits high at the peak of Castle Hill and provides visitors with panoramic views of the incredible Ribble Valley countryside.