With so many award winning places to eat, breathtaking countryside to explore and wonderful places to shop, you can really make a day of it when you next visit Whalley Warm and Dry.
We are very lucky to be situated in the picturesque Ribble Valley, with many of it’s rolling hills and stunning landscapes designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it’s a walkers paradise!
Whether you choose a serious ramble or a gentle stroll, you will be rewarded with breathtaking countryside!
If you’re feeling hungry, we have some of the best places to eat in the country, right on our doorstep- you are certainly spoilt for choice when deciding where to relax and dine in Whalley.
Once you have finished shopping with us, you can amble around the wonderful independent shops in the village, selling everything from fine wine, jewellery, clothing, gifts and much more!
Last but not least, a visit to Whalley isn't complete without exploring the historic ruins of Whalley Abbey, founded in 1296.
This fantastic guide, compiled by Ribble Valley Tourism, showcases the beautiful villages and market towns of the area and provides a wealth of useful information about where to stay, shop, eat and explore - it's the perfect place to start planning your trip!
Here are just some of the wonderful places you can Eat, Walk, Explore and Shop...
The ever popular Benedicts, came in The Times Top 10 places in the UK for brunch and offers an array of tempting cakes, pastries and savory treats! Adjacent to this continental style cafe bar sits a fully stocked delicatessen that groans with treats and delights that are produced either in house or locally by artisan producers.
Nestling by Whalley’s Railway Arches is an award winning bistro and deli voted No. 7 in The UK’s Top 20 Secret Places to Eat by The Times Newspaper. The delicatessen offers an eclectic mix of homemade food and cakes including a range of Breda’s beautifully prepared freezer foods for takeaway. The deli also stocks a range of Irish produce, quality wines and Champagnes, organic chocolates, truffles, hampers and other gift ideas.
The AA Restaurant of the Year for England 2017-2018 is located in the ‘chocolate box’ village of Wiswell, only a minutes drive from Whalley. The multi-award winning Freemason’s at Wiswell aim is to provide the ultimate gastronomic experience in a stylish pub setting that feels as relaxed as your own front room.
If it’s good enough for royalty, it might just be worth taking the short but very scenic journey into the Forest of Bowland to visit this stunning rural inn. Located on the banks of the River Hodder, the inn rewards all who visit with a spectacular view down the valley into the heart of the Forest of Bowland.
They only use the best of local ingredients, cooked simply to let the real quality shine through.
If you’re a budding wine connoisseur the onsite Bowland Forest Vintners is a delightful surprise. This independent wine merchant is full to bursting with wine from smaller producers, specially chosen for their quality and invariably from single vineyards.
Whilst the Inn at Whitewell has welcomed royalty, it offers a wonderfully relaxed and friendly atmosphere for all to enjoy – it’s a place not to be missed.
With menus inspired by Nigel Haworth, The Three Fishes only uses the freshest ingredients, harvested by their local food heroes. Enjoy regional Cask Ales and an award winning wine list specially chosen by leading wine expert, Craig Bancroft. All of this in a wonderfully relaxing environment for eating out – with al fresco dining in the summer and crackling logs fires in the winter.
Northcote is a renowned small luxury hotel with a Michelin star restaurant situated on the edge of the Ribble Valley, in the heart of Lancashire. The restaurant is elegant, stylish and sophisticated with views of the garden and distant hills of the beautiful Ribble Valley. This oasis of food and wine excellence, offers genuine service and northern hospitality.
There are many wonderful walks in the area, with something to suit all ages and abilities. We have provided a few for you to consider on our Local Walks page, including a walk specially commissioned by us, courtesy of former Editor of Country Walking, Mark Sutcliffe.
Whalley Abbey is a former Cistercian abbey set in beautiful gardens and woodland in Whalley beside the River Calder.
The Abbey was founded in 1296, when the Cistercian monks of Stanlaw moved there from their flood-prone site on the Cheshire shore of the River Mersey near Ellesmere Port.
The Church was built between 1330 and 1380, but the Abbot’s lodging and Infirmary were not completed until c. 1440.
After the dissolution of the Monastery in 1537, the property passed into private hands, and Ralph Assheton adapted it to make an Elizabethan Manor House. It remained a private residence until 1923, when the Church of England acquired possession.
The ruins of the abbey are recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building, and are a Scheduled Monument. The Historic England website has some fantastic information about the site with great insights into what it was like all those years ago.
For a small charge, you can explore the beautiful and historic grounds and ruins. There is also an onsite cafe, Cafe Autisan, which is run by a charity that offers employment opportunities to autistic people and supports them to develop the skills that are required in the workplace.
Browsholme Hall is an historic visitor attraction established in 1958. featuring a Grade I listed Tudor Hall, displaying a pre-eminent collection of artefacts of museum quality and a recent restoration of a 18thC building for functions and events.
Set within the Forest of Bowland, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Hall is surrounded by picturesque gardens and parkland that invites visitors to relax and wander in unspoiled countryside, with lakes, woodland and views to the distant Fells.
Built in 1507 by Edmund Parker, the Hall has a genuine claim to be the oldest surviving family home in Lancashire. Browsholme is an historic house unique in so many ways.
Once you’ve enjoyed exploring you can relax in the Tithe Barn Tea Room for a light lunch or afternoon tea.
You could combine a visit to Whalley Warm & Dry with one of Browsholme Hall’s seasonal garden workshops. These popular workshops are full of practical hints and tips, great for amateur and keen gardeners.
The Whalley Wine Shop is an award winning fine wine merchant, where you can buy Fine Wines, Champagnes, Local Real Ales, National Bottled Beers, Ciders, World Beers, Malt Whiskies, Premium Spirits, Ports and a good range of quality cigars. Buy samples of wine ‘By The Glass’ or you can buy any bottle off the shelf and with a small corkage fee, you can sit inside or outside the shop, and enjoy it while you are here!
Maureen Cooksons remains one of the largest independent womenswear stores in the region. Two floors of fantastic fashion with leading brands from all over Europe. They are very much focused on a personal shopping service approach, the store is always on trend, and always offer great advice.
Cosgroves designated Gentleman’s outfitters is a highly regarded store situated in the centre of Whalley. The store is famous for made to measure tailoring and a vast array of classic suits but has evolved to include designer favorites such as Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Green Coast and Gant. Visit their shoe and boot room featuring a large selection by Barker, Rockport and Anatomic & Co.
Run by a passionate mother and daughter duo, this new independent Women’s Fashion Retailer is committed to providing an extraordinary level of affordable fashion, personal style and unique customer service.
Ladies Evening and Day Fashion, Shoes & Accessories
Ladies Clothes, Shoes and Accessories
Hansel and Gretel is a designer childrenswear shop, offering a wide selection for boys and girls from 0 to 12 years. Their clothes are chic yet entirely appropriate for the age range – very trendy and up to date fashion for both boys and girls. To complement the clothes, they also stock footwear by Lelli Kelly, Mayoral and UGG.
Precious is a small independent boutique shop built on an ethos of individuality, fresh design and affordability. Handpicked items from all across Europe, make this shop unique in jewellery, clothing, accessories and much much more. Friendly staff who genuinely care about their products, are always ready to help you choose the perfect item and to accessorise any outfit.
Sarah Layton Jewellers is a family business with a wealth of experience in the jewellery industry. Specialising in stunning and highly distinctive jewellery, they offer a selection of contemporary jewellery brands. Traditional services, including jewellery repairs, watch repairs and servicing, valuations, engraving, watch batteries, jewellery re-modelling, pearl re-stringing and bespoke pieces are also available.
Theofano Interior Design welcomes you to browse their seasonal selection of furniture, lighting, mirrors, pictures and accessories. Take inspiration from their luxurious range of fabrics, throws, cushions and wallpapers. Get interior design advice and ask about creating bespoke pieces and soft furnishings for your home. Learn how to beautifully restore furniture with Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloane with their popular weekend workshops.