Clitheroe is a town in the Ribble Valley, on the edge of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Lancashire, northern England.
A traditional northern market town, Clitheroe has a pleasant town centre to explore with a good selection of traditional shops (alongside all the 'normal' high street shops) and numerous cafes, pubs and restaurants.
The main landmark in Clitheroe is the remains of a Norman castle that stand on a raised rocky platform above the town. Built in the 12th century by local landowner Robert de Lacy, the keep is said to be the smallest in England and is all that remains - there was once a defensive wall that encircled the building. The hole in the side wall was made in 1649 as the cheapest way to stop the defensive capabilities of the castle - although legend says it was made when the devil threw a rock from Pendle Hill...
The castle is surrounded by extensive parklands and gardens, with various amusements and exhibits to explore, and there is a small museum to explain the history of Clitheroe and the castle. The views from the castle are also impressive, both over the surrounding park and Clitheroe, and across to Pendle Hill.
Clitheroe: around and about
The town itself is a popular base for visitors who plan to explore the attractive scenery of the region around Clitheroe, typically by foot or bike.
Many options are available starting from Clitheroe, including the walk up Pendle Hill that is very popular and has far-reaching views.Be sure to visit the Forest of Bowland Visitor Centre when you arrive in Clitheroe for lots of ideas.
See also Forest of Bowland for other highlights in the region.