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    Church Lane, Mellor, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 7JR
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Local Area

Our door to the great outdoors.

Outstanding in beauty and full of hidden treasures, take in the warmth and wonder of the Lancashire charm with its bustling market towns and spectacular countryside. Discover the Forest of Bowland, Whalley Abbey or watch the wildlife at Brockhole Nature Reserve. Enjoy the change of scenery and explore some of our favourite places and best things to do in the area.

Brockholes Nature Reserve

Brockholes Nature Reserve

The 250-acre nature reserve has a mix of habitats from wetlands to woodlands encouraging a range of wild animals to visit. Explore the network of trails and hides before making a stop at the spectacular floating Visitor Village, the first of its kind in the UK. Pick up a souvenir from The Nest gift shop to remind up of the day.

Forest of Bowland

Forest of Bowland

An Area of Outstanding Beauty the forest offers 312 square miles of diverse landscapes and opportunities to discover something new. Climb Pendle Hill, 577 metres to the summit, and take in the view or head into Gisburn Forest with six walking trails and four cycling trails. It’s an area of distinct character and an abundance of natural beauty.

Samlesbury Hall

Samlesbury Hall

A stunning stately home, built-in 1325, the hall has a fabulous half-timbered black and white facade and structured grounds to discover. Enjoy the free guided tours every Sunday, usually at 11 am, and 2 pm perfect those who love history and learn of this hall impressive past. The hall is not open on Saturdays.

River Ribble

River Ribble

The river’s course passes close by to Mellor and is a great place to go for a glorious walk along the waterway. There’s plenty of great routes to discover. Spend an afternoon fishing on the banks or explore the many villages that you’ll find along the way. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try a spot of wild river swimming with plenty of places to take the dip.

Clitheroe Castle

Clitheroe Castle

Clitheroe Castle stands high on Castle Hill, built-in 1186 by Robert de Lacy, visitors have panoramic views of Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley countryside. The museum is great for fantastic galleries of history, heritage and geology of the local area. Explore the 16 acres of parkland featuring gardens playgrounds, a labyrinth and bandstand.

Tolkien Trail

Tolkien Trail

The 5.5-mile Tolkien Trail explores the Ribble Valley and its wooded landscapes, bubbling river passes and rolling countryside. Head to Stonyhurst College where Tolkien spent time working on The Lord of the Rings during the Second World War as part of your walking journey. J.R.R. Tolkien adored nature, and you’ll find the inspiration clear for the novels all along the way.

Whalley Abbey

Whalley Abbey

The 14th Century Cistercian Abbey and ruins are close to the banks of the River Calder and surrounded by beautiful countryside. The stunning grounds and gardens are great to wander around and take in the impressive architecture of the remaining abbey. The two-storey gatehouse is the oldest of the abbey buildings.

Pendle Hill

Pendle Hill

Just half an hour by car from Mellor is the iconic Pendle Hill. Separate from the Bowland Fells, the hill has an intriguing past and is renowned for the famous Pendle Witch Trials, which took place in the early 17th century. Head for the summit and on a clear day enjoy panoramic views that are never-ending and worth the climb.