Chocolate, Railways & The Ribble Valley
31st August 2017
Price per person:
£15 per person per night single supplement.
Ribble Valley is the largest district in Lancashire in terms of area, the majority of which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Here you will find velvet green valleys, commanding fells and heather strewn moorland among the breath-taking scenery of picturesque countryside. Positioned in the ageless landscape of rural Lancashire, this area remains relatively unexplored. At 300 square miles, time appears to have bypassed this historic area immersed in rich heritage.
Day 1 We depart our local area heading for the north west of England and our hotel in Leyland. On arrival we enjoy a welcome tea/coffee whilst our luggage is taken to our room.
Day 2 This morning we enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque Ribble Valley towards Gawthorpe Hall, affectionately known as the 'Downton of the North'. This Elizabethan gem hosts an extraordinary textile collection, showcasing intricate needlework, lace and costume in addition to contemporary pieces. The Long Gallery is home to portraits of society figures from the 17th century, some of which are on loan from the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Day 3 We travel to Rawtenstall where we step back in time for a nostalgic trip on a steam train along the East Lancashire Railway. Our journey takes us through the beautiful Lancashire countryside to the market town of Bury. We make our way to the world famous Bury Market, which is perhaps best known for the traditional Lancashire black pudding. There is free time to explore and have lunch before we continue to the Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre. The museum tells the story of this well-known engineer, steeplejack and English eccentric.
Day 4 Our first stop this morning is a short ride from our hotel to The Chocolate House in Blackburn. We enjoy a chocolate making demonstration, along with a cup of tea or coffee and some samples of chocolate to tantalise our taste buds. In the afternoon we visit historic Samlesbury Hall, a fabulous half-timbered black and white Medieval house built in 1325 as a family home. We will enjoy a guided tour which brings the history to life and tells tales of intrigue and witchcraft through the centuries.
Day 5 After breakfast we depart our hotel and head home, we make suitable comfort stops along the journey back to Essex.