The Ribble Valley

When J.R.R Tolkien first set foot in Ribble Valley in the 1940's he uncovered a landscape of wide, rippling rivers, deep wooded conifer groves and misty green Lancashire countryside and he never looked back. Ribble Valley became his inspiration for 'Middle Earth', for the places he visited and their names often found their way into the famous Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Positioned in the ageless landscape of rural Lancashire, this area remains relatively unexplored, the majority of which forms part of the Forest of Bowland. Time appears to have bypassed this historic area, leaving it immersed in rich heritage, including the stunning Clitheroe Castle, the Roman sites at Ribchester and the famous Abbeys at Whalley and Sawley.

The two historic market towns of Clitheroe and Longridge are surrounded by 44 villages, the largest being Whalley, each set in serene and unspoilt countryside. It is this timeless beauty, along with the warm hospitality, which attracts visitors to return time and time again.*


Where We Are

Oakdean Cottages are located north of the A59, close to Junction 31 of the M6. The small village of York, close to Langho has a quaint local pub just 400 metres away from us. Shops and a post office can be found a further half mile away at the bottom of York Lane and Whalley is the nearest picturesque church village, a 5min drive or 25min walk down Whalley Nab where you will find shops, a deli, bakery and local pubs and restaurants to suit every need.

The Market town of Clitheroe is 5.6 miles away, a short drive. Here you will find Clitheroe Castle along with many main shops, supermarkets and a local open market. We are perfectly situated for days out but with great transport links so close by it is easy to head much further afield throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Trains run from Preston to London and from Preston to Glasgow each taking just over two hours.

If you prefer to explore our lovely more local countryside The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales are each less than an hour away.

Getting Here

If you’re flying into the UK we are close to Manchester International Airport (48 miles) with Liverpool John Lennon Airport (57 miles) also providing easy access from many European cities.

Langho train station is 1 mile away, just a 15min walk from the cottages. Trains run on the hour from Langho to Manchester City Centre (Victoria). Preston mainline rail station also close by, serves Lancaster (40mins), Glasgow (2hrs) and London Euston (2hrs 8mins).

Things To Do

Oakdean Cottages are the perfect place from which to enjoy special interest holidays. Much of our Ribble Valley location lies within The Forest of Bowland, an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Fishing breaks are available and we are perfectly located for the River Loud, River Hodder and River Ribble.


Wildlife and Bird Watching are also particularly popular with the Trough of Bowland, heather clad moors and wooded valleys all on our doorstep. Martin Mere, the WWF wetland in Burscough is also less than an hours drive away. Walking, cycling and mountain biking are popular pursuits with our guests. As is horse riding, as we are close to the famous North Lancashire Bridleway which runs from Chipping to the edge of the Lake District. All can be also organised and enjoyed throughout your stay and should you need a ride anywhere, we would be more than happy to organise that for you.


There are four well respected Golf Courses close to Oakdean Cottages. Mitton Fold Golf Club is the nearest (0.9 miles), Whalley Golf Club (1.9 miles) Clitheroe Golf Club (3.9miles) and Wilpshire Golf Club (2.5miles). It's a golfers paradise! Booking and location details can be provided on request.

Our Welcome

Oakdean Cottages, Whalley and the Ribble Valley is the perfect place to enjoy a holiday, there are links to some local attractions elsewhere on the website. We can help with all flight and train station transfers if required.

If you would like to order any online groceries for your stay, just let us know the delivery details and we will ensure they are in your cottage ready for your arrival.

Ian & Sue look forward to welcoming you to relax and enjoy the stunning location in which we are lucky to live.