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Clitheroe is an attractive market town in the Ribble Valley in East Lancashire, which claims to be at the geographic heart of England. It lies to the south of the Forest of Bowland and is the ideal staging post for visiting that area, known as 'Lancashire's hidden gem'.
It is well known for its Norman castle, dating back over 800 years and for great food and wine shops.
Clitheroe has a railway interchange, with hourly trains to Blackburn and Manchester (Victoria Station). It is also served by regular buses from Preston, the X80 and 280, which run hourly during the day.
Clitheroe is served by the A59 from Preston in the West, where it meets the M6 at junction 31 and Skipton in the East, alternatively the A671 starting at the roundabout to the West of Whalley eventually leads to the M65, connecting to the East Lancashire towns of Accrington and Burnley, eventually heading towards Colne and North Yorkshire.
Alternatively if you wish to explore the area at a slower pace, Clitheroe makes a perfect starting point for hiking, this is a perfect way of taking in the beautiful countryside surrounding the town.
The castle, which is often said to have the smallest Norman keep in England. It stands on a 35-metre outcrop of limestone and is one of the oldest buildings in Lancashire, and is surrounded by pleasant gardens and a park. It is also the only remaining castle in the county which had a royalist garrison during the English Civil War.
It is worth taking a gentle stroll up to the castle on a clear day as the views of the town, Pendle Hill and towards the Forest of Bowland are breathtaking. The ruins of the castle itself are also interesting, with information boards dotted around the site each offering a story involving the town and castle.
Clitheroe Market, Clitheroe is an historic market town, which has held a regular market since the Norman conquest in the 12th century. You'll find a wonderful balance of goods at competitive prices.
Top Hat Tours offer waking tours for groups taking in the town or surrounding Ribble Valley, the tours are suitable for groups of 2-10 people and take in some of the towns more hidden areas. The tour guide will be dressed in authentic Victorian costume and bring the tours to life by including 'resident ghosts and sound effects'. These tours cover the history of the area, ghost stories and tales of local legends. 
Clitheroe is well served by specialist shop, and an award-winning off-licence, D. Byrne & Co, on King Street. It also has an excellent Booths Supermarket - an institution in Lancashire.
Plenty of characterful inns and public houses in town.The villages surrounding Clitheroe are a great place to relax offering local beers and ales they usually serve home cooked meals with prices varying depending on the location of the pub.
Caravan and Camping There are a wide range of camp sites located in the Ribble Valley offering pitches for tents, trailer tents, caravans and motorhomes. Some sites also offer static caravan rentals, although these will cost considerably more than bringing your own tent.