Waddington is quite possibly the most attractive of the string of picturesque villages dotted amongst the rich farmland of the upper Ribble Valley.
Within a short stroll from the Waddington Arms, there’s a Post Office and village shop, two other pubs, two churches, a lively social club, a bowling green and a very well used village playing field. In summer, you may stumble across a village cricket match or find yourself swept up among the excitement that accompanies the annual Duck Race.
If the bright lights of the big city beckon, Clitheroe: the bustling metropolis at the centre of the Ribble Valley is just a mile and a half away – a pleasant stroll or a short drive.
Dominated by the castle at the top of the town, Clitheroe has managed to avoid the worst ravages of commercial development. In fact, it’s a little old-fashioned, but that’s the way we like it. With many speciality shops and outlets for local food producers, Clitheroe is the perfect spot for an afternoon potter. There are also an excellent selection of bars and brasseries which make Clitheroe’s nightlife quite sophisticated.
Clitheroe is also home to our sister business: The Emporium – a converted Methodist Chapel housing an interior design and furnishings store and a rather amazing coffee shop, wine-bar and brasserie. Although we say so ourselves, it really is worth a look.
Waddington is on the fringe of the stunning Forest of Bowland – an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whether walking, fishing, cycling, mountain biking, bird watching, shooting or simply relaxing is your mission, on a warm spring day, there are fewer finer places to be. The Ribble Valley and Forest of Bowland really are two of Lancashire’s hidden gems. Come and discover them for yourself!< Back to the blog archive