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.
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.
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.
A good choice of cafes and restaurants throughout the town. Be sure to sample some locally made Lancashire Cheese, or if you wish to enjoy a hearty meal, try a home made Lancashire hot pot in one of the many cosy local pubs that can be found in Clitheroe and the villages surrounding the town.
Plenty of characterful inns and public houses in town.
http://www.visitribblevalley.co.uk/ The tourist site for the Ribble Valley