Oakdean Cottages are so cosy and relaxing, you might not want to get up and get out.
Luckily, self catering means you can enjoy whatever means holiday to you. Have a lie in and laze around enjoying the view, or set your alarm for an action-packed day.
Whenever you’re ready... adventure awaits!
There’s something for everyone in the surrounding area. From horse riding on heather-clad hillsides, to wild winding walks, and tempting trails for cyclists of all abilities - both on and off-road. Dean Clough reservoir and the beautiful nearby pine forests are practically on our doorstep.
Keen walkers will be spoilt for choice: Pendle Hill, Stonyhurst, Marles Wood to Dinckley Bridge, Longridge Fell, Three Rivers, Dunsop Bridge and The Tolkien Trail are a just few of the many routes nearby.
If you want to earn and enjoy a lovely lunch, you can work up an appetite with these ten walks (which all include great local pubs):
The county is an angler’s paradise. We’re right next to some of the finest fishing rivers in the UK, including the River Ribble which is currently considered one of the best for salmon and sea trout. Here are the details of more great fishing nearby:
For animal lovers, we’re surrounded by beautifully kept, family-run farms which offer a whole host of activities ranging from feeding the animals and tractor rides, to safari tours and zip wires!
For golfers, there are a number of well respected golf courses nearby. Mitton Fold Golf Club is the nearest (0.9 miles), followed by Whalley Golf Club (1.9 miles), Wilpshire Golf Club (2.5 miles), and Clitheroe Golf Club (3.9 miles).
We are perfectly positioned for the best and biggest tourist attractions in the UK, fun for all the family.
Due to Covid-19 we strongly advise checking all venue websites for up to date information.
For thrill seekers of all ages, there's something for everyone at Alton Towers Resort: home to over 40 rides and attractions. Not to mention the chance to meet your little ones' favourite CBeebies characters.
Billy Bobs combines an ice cream parlour with a 50s American diner and amazing play adventures. We can recommend the Iowa Farm Boy breakfast before the kids tackle the play barn's rope swings and racing slides.
With the UK's tallest & fastest roller coaster, the biggest indoor waterpark, the famous autumn illuminations and the iconic Blackpool Tower with its glass skywalk, there's something for everyone at this well-known seaside resort.
Covering 62 acres, Bowland Boar Park is packed with animal adventures for the whole family. There are walking trails, tractor rides, zip wires, a great playground and a popular café. Look out for pop-up events like bushcraft activities.
Sledging, skiing, snowboarding and more; Chill Factore is a £31M real snow centre located in the Trafford Park area of Trafford, Greater Manchester, featuring the UK's longest indoor ski slope and a 12m climbing wall.
The East Lancashire Railway takes you back through time in a celebration of steam. Plan a heritage day out, taste the Ale Trail or experience the famous Flying Scotsman. Great fun for children, parents and grandparents!
For seaside lovers, The National Trust's Formby, Merseyside, is a glorious beach with dramatic sand dunes, surrounded by sweeping coastal pinewoods. It's also home to a nature reserve dedicated to red squirrels.
Give the little ones their first rollercoaster thrill; Gullivers Theme Parks are designed especially for families. Enjoy rides, shows and attractions that are perfect for children aged 2-13. You're never too small for a big adventure!
A working farm with over 1,000 livestock including cattle, sheep and pigs. Hesketh Farm at Bolton Abbey has a large undercover barn and loads to do. There's plenty of space for picnics (but there's also a cafe to make life that bit easier).
Hoghton Tower sits at the top of a mile-long drive surrounded by beautiful grounds, so it’s no surprise it is occasionally used as a filming location. Did you spot it on Peaky Blinders? Join one of the house tours and learn all about its history.
Grab your bucket and spade, or enjoy a leisurely walk through the beautifully tended promenade gardens at St Annes seafront and natural beach. You can even hire a beach hut to really make the most of a fun family day at the seaside.
Enjoy a three-mile round trip on a heritage steam train, explore the museum and see steam engines being rebuilt. The journey crosses the dock swing bridge (a unique feature on this line) and travels along the bank of the Ribble.
Here are a few of our favourite local pubs and restaurants.
Right on the banks of the River Ribble and with welcoming open fires inside, The Aspinall Arms attracts just as many locals as it does visiting walkers, cyclists and anglers - which is truly the sign of a good pub.
Nestling quietly in the village of Old Langho, the Black Bull pub is a little gem – small, intimate, with considerable character and charm. It’s welcoming and child friendly, while also offering great food.
The Coach & Horses is a traditional coaching inn set in the idyllic village of Bolton by Bowland. It recently underwent major refurbishment, so the décor is as top notch as the menu and the welcome.
The Freemasons provides the ultimate gastronomic experience in a stylish pub setting as relaxed as your own front room. If you want to go ‘all out’ for a special occasion, consider treating yourself to the full Tasting Menu.
The Spinning Block Bistro and Grill makes good use of having the Bowland Food Hall for a larder; free access to the freshest ingredients in the North West. There’s also a cafe, beer hall and ice cream shop in this former textiles mill, making it the perfect place to indulge, unwind and explore.
If there’s one word to describe La Locanda, it’s ‘authentic’. If you love Italian food it would be a dereliction of duty not to visit this multi award-winning restaurant. Awarded 2020 Travellers’ Choice on Tripadvisor, this is Italian dining which simply oozes quality.
A luxury Lancashire Michelin Star Restaurant, Northcote Manor mixes fine dining with professional and warm Northern hospitality. Menu and venue weave together traditional and modern touches that blend perfectly.
Set in a charming, ivy-clad building, this country inn overlooks the Ribble Valley. It offers delicious food, outdoor summer dining and an easy walk to Ribchester’s other attractions, such as the Roman Museum.
Located in the picturesque village of Hurst Green, The Shireburn Arms is a 17th Century hostelry offering stunning views, delicious meals and a warm welcome. Food here is locally sourced and lovingly served.
The Cafe at Stydd Gardens in Ribchester is a beautiful restaurant, cafe-bar and tearoom set in a plant-filled glass house. Stydd Gardens is a unique spot - home to a number of independent eateries, shops and salons.
Awarded Pub of the Year 2020 from the Good Pub Guide, the Inn deservedly has a good reputation. Head Chef Jamie Cadman, now in his twentieth year, runs a crew of ten producing brilliant local food in this stunning setting.
Dubbed as ‘the best Chinese restaurant in the UK’ by Gordon Ramsay, this sleek, low-lit Cantonese restaurant has won multiple awards. It combines luxurious décor and fabulous cocktails, with truly delicious meals. What’s not to like?!