Whalley Abbey, Gatehouse and gardens.
Whalley Abbey showcases beautifully kept gardens and the intriguing ruins of a 14th Century Cistercian Abbey. Take a guided tour of the ruins or explore the woodland beside the River Calder. The attraction also features Cloisters coffee shop for refreshments and a gift shop that sells tickets to the grounds and other souvenirs from your visit.
Gawthorpe Hall and gardens (National Trust)
Steeped in history a visit to Gawthorpe Hall and gardens will transport you to era from our illustrious industrial past. Built between 1600 and 1605 Gawthorpe Hall was the family seat of the Shuttleworth family for over 300 years. In 1850 the house was redesigned by Sir Charles who also redesigned Highclere Castle (filming location for Downton Abbey).
Inside the house you will find period rooms on display from the remodelling as well as original plasterwork ceilings, panelling and the impressive Long Gallery. Also on display are over 200 pieces from the nationally important Gawthorpe Textile collection. Don’t forget to visit Tea Room some snacks and refreshments.
Outside take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful gardens with views of the river and a ramble through the woodland to enjoy the wildlife.
The singing ringing tree
Burnley’s Panopticon, ‘Singing Ringing Tree’, is a unique musical sculpture which overlooks Burnley from its position high above the town on Crown Point.
Constructed from pipes of galvanised steel stacked in layers, this Panopticon takes the form of a tree bending to the winds and harnesses the energy of those winds to produce a low, tuneful song.
It’s close to the Dunnockshaw Millennium Wood, part of the Forest of Burnley reforestation programme, and links to the Pennine Bridleway and local walking routes.
A walk up Pendle Hill offers the perfect opportunity to experience some of the UK’s most breathtaking scenery. The walk starts from the picturesque village of Barley and is approximately 8 km to the top and is a great route for walkers of all abilities.
Not only are the views does Pendle offer a fantastic walk but the Witches of Pendle offers a fascinating historical story.
Pendle Sculpture Trail
A trail steeped in local history and a tribute to the people of Pendle who lost their lives in the biggest witchcraft trail over 400 years ago. The Pendle Sculpture Trail is a collection of ten unique ceramics each representing a person who was found guilty and hanged. The plaques are also presented in a treasure trail style quiz to be hunted down and found! There is also stunning artwork from Philppe Handford, including the tumbling tree arches.
Hardcastle Crags woodland walk
Owned by the National Trust, Hardcastle Crags is a wooded Pennine valley located in nearby quaint town of Hebden Bridge. A diverse area of deep rocky ravines, tumbling streams, oak, beech and pine woods plus upland meadows; Hardcastle Crags is a wonderful place to spend the day exploring. Visitors can also recharge the batteries at the Weaving Shed Cafe whi serve a range of ethical and locally-produced food or buy a souvenir from the gift shop located there.
Bowland Wild Boar Park
Located in the heart of the Ribble Valley, Bowland Wild Boar and Animal Park is 65 arces of fun for the whole family. Visitors can see a wide range of animals, explore their habitats and even meet and hold some of the smaller animals. There are some walking trials for visitors to enjoy, a large play area and a popular cafe serving delicious food!
A ruined farmhouse near Haworth which is said to have been the inspiration for the location if the Earnshaw family house Wuthering Heights in the 1847 novel of the same name by Emily Bronte. Located in the middle of ‘Bronte country’ there are many trails to walk across miles of moorland.
Standing high on Castle Hill, Clitheroe Castle has dominated the local skyline for over 800 years! In more recent times the castle now serves as a museum and tells the story of Clitheroe, explain the formation of the land 350 million years ago; the people who have lived in the area! From explorer backs packs and searches to audio history recordings and Victorian kitchen – Clitheroe Castle Museum makes a great day out for the whole family!
Located near Slaidburn, the trail around Stocks Reservoir is a 10.8km loop and provides a moderate walk. If you’re feeling energetic attempt the whole circuit or there are a series of shorter walk to enjoy. There is also a good range of facilities for visitors including a large car park, cafe and toilets.