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- Stunning site on a 178-acre estate in the middle of the Ribble valley
- Two miles from Clitheroe, on the outskirts of the Forest of Bowland
- Activity centre with rock climbing and kayaking; bar
Channel your inner aristocrat on a smaller budget with a break at Waddow Hall, a 17th-century manor house set within a 178-acre estate in the middle of Lancashire’s Ribble valley.
This site is owned by Girlguiding, the biggest charity for girls in the UK, and has fab views out over the local landscape – including towards pretty Pendle Hill. But there’s more to it than memorable panoramas; it’s also an activity centre with dry-land pursuits like rock climbing and high ropes courses to pick from, as well as aquatic antics such as kayaking and canoeing on the River Ribble running through the grounds.
A significant chunk of the Forest of Bowland surrounds are designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so the park is in a prime part of the country for surveying spectacular scenery. Walks for all abilities are within easy reach, including on the Ribble Way passing through the estate, plus long-distance walking trails such as the Bronte Way and Pennine Way are a breeze to access as well.
Prefer pedalling around to pottering about? The Ribble valley is a smashing spot for cyclists – ride along the tip-top road routes or make your way to the mountain bike trails at Gisburn Forest (half an hour).
For urbanites, Clitheroe is a couple of miles from the park and has independent shops, bars and eateries. While in the market town, drop by the castle – a striking structure visible from the site – before finishing busy days back on base with a drink at the bar on site.
Just before bedtime, let the kids tire themselves out at the play area – if all the grass sledging and zipwire sessions haven’t quite managed that.
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Site, facilities, setting
Stunning scenery, plenty of space, gorgeous grounds to explore. Perfect …
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
Dog walk nearby
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
- Coach stations
— 7.9 miles
7.9 miles Town Hall — 7.9 miles
7.9 miles Broadway — 8.4 miles
- Train stations
Clitheroe Rail Station
— 0.6 miles
0.6 miles Whalley Rail Station — 3.9 miles
3.9 miles Langho Rail Station — 5.5 miles
- Ferry ports
Heysham Ferry Terminal
— 23.3 miles
23.3 miles Knott End-On-Sea Ferry Landing — 24.4 miles
24.4 miles Fleetwood for Knott End Ferry Landing — 24.8 miles
Leeds Bradford International Airport
— 30.4 miles
Foodies are sorted at this site – the area is well known for its gastronomy, with everything from family-friendly eateries to Michelin-star dining available. Eat your way through the local town of Clitheroe (five minutes’ drive), then burn off those calories while pootling up Pendle Hill (25 minutes) overlooking the valley.
Linger at the top with a book and a beer while keeping an eye out for the paragliders who favour this place before checking out some of the other fine entertainment options nearby.
History buffs could bumble about in Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn (15 minutes), said to be the oldest family home still in existence in Lancashire, or stroll around Sawley Abbey (10 minutes), the remains of a religious structure first built in the 10th century.
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- Does Waddow Hall have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Waddow Hall dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Waddow Hall? Foodies are sorted at this site – the area is well known for its gastronomy, with everything from family-friendly eateries to Michelin-star dining available. Eat your way through the local town of … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Waddow Hall?
Camping and touring Arrive: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Depart by: 12 p.m.