The vibrant village of Whalley attracts visitors from far and wide, who come to experience the village’s unique blend of independent businesses and attractions
As one of Lancashire’s most desirable places to live, Whalley is a place where classic sophistication meets modern living – historical landmarks survive intact alongside state-of-the-art couture boutiques, bistros, art galleries and traditional country inns.
Nestled on the edge of the River Calder and at the foot of majestic Whalley Nab, Whalley is also a photographer’s paradise. The iconic railway arches that stretch across the river, the 14th century abbey on its banks and the medieval church standing proudly at the village’s centre provide snapshots into its flourishing past, while the award winning cuisine served in the restaurants, pubs and café bars and the myriad of independent shops, illustrate how Whalley continues to thrive in the present day.
Whalley’s eateries offer up a true taste of Lancashire by serving the county’s favourite dishes using local produce including cheese, meats, fish and home-made cakes and breads.
Keen walkers and cyclists are spoilt for choice, as the surrounding countryside boasts many scenic routes around the Nab, along the riverside and around Spring Wood – a perfect picnic site and a well known meeting spot on the Lancashire Cycleway. The River Ribble, just on the outskirts of the village, also provides fishermen with the opportunity to catch salmon, trout and chub.
The historical and geographical appeal aside, Whalley’s abundance of independently owned businesses is without doubt the village’s main attraction. By offering something a little different to the norm, each boutique, bistro and bar is genuinely unique, giving visitors the chance to have a shopping experience away from the high street chains.