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A rural haven of beautiful moor land, contented sheep and spectacular scenery.

It is this landscape that provided inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’. A 5.5 mile route around the village of Hurst Green traces his footsteps in what is a blueprint for his ‘Middle Earth’ map.

Despite Tolkien’s homage, the Ribble Valley’s timeless rural beauty remains one of England’s best-kept secrets.

Picture postcard villages like Downham and Bolton by Bowland host great pubs and are often used as a backdrop for movies and television dramas. While the Forest of Bowland, which forms a large part of the Ribble Valley, is one of the largest Areas of Outstanding National Beauty in the country.

Pendle Hill, one of the areas unmistakable landmarks, looks down upon Ribblesdale Park. It was here in 1652 that George Fox had his vision that led to the foundation of the Quaker religion. However, the hill is probably better known for its connection to the legend of the Lancashire Witches (some of whom are buried at Gisburn Church).

Further afield are the breathtaking Yorkshire Dales, the Lancashire coast and the numerous walks through the Pennines. The Northwest is a region of great icons from the stunning 21st Century Imperial War Museum North (designed buy the same architect who is rebuilding the World Trade Centre in New York City) to the 2000 year old Hadrian’s Wall Heritage Site; from the unparalleled beauty of The Lake District National Park, to the brilliant Blackpool; from the Tate Liverpool to John Ruskin’s admired Lune Valley; from the scenic Settle – Carlisle Railway to Andy Goldsworthy’s outdoor sculptures at Grizedale Forest Park.

Sixteen great lakes, England’s five highest mountains, the homes of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, hundreds of miles of unspoilt countryside, haunted historic buildings, hidden valleys and tiny hamlets are what sit on your doorstep at Ribblesdale Park.

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