Clayton-le-Dale holiday cottages are ideal for visitors who want to unwind in a traditional Lancashire village with the county’s most spectacular countryside on their doorstep. Clayton-le-Dale is a quiet village in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley district, surrounded by farmland, woods and hills, four miles north of Blackburn. Walk into the village centre from your holiday cottage in Clayton-le-Dale and you will discover a welcoming community which is largely untouched by tourism. Along the banks of Showley Brook and Longsight Road, you will find a variety of family-run businesses and eateries, including Tiggis Ribble Valley, a relaxed restaurant with a reputation for serving some of the area’s best Italian food. There are a number of listed buildings to look out for, including 17th century Showley Hall, Newley Hall and slate and sandstone Showley Fold Farmhouse. A lovely arched bridge dating back to 1774 crosses the Ribble River.
The countryside surrounding Clayton-le-Dale is a paradise for walking and cycling, with many of the area’s most scenic routes a stone’s throw from the village. The renowned Ribble Way can be joined at Ribchester, and the Lancashire Cycle Way passes through neighbouring Mellor. Fishing is popular on the River Ribble and rare birds are often spotted over the area’s unspoiled landscapes. Just south of Clayton-le-Dale, Ribchester is one of the Ribble Valley’s prettiest villages, with independent shops and art galleries, and a beautiful three-arched bridge across the river.
Self-catering holidays in Clayton-le-Dale are perfect if you want to explore the rugged county of Lancashire. A short drive northward will bring you to the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Beauty, a captivating stretch of peat moorland and gritstone fells. Continue north and you will soon reach the Yorkshire Dales National Park. A half-hour drive westward, Blackpool is a classic seaside resort with nostalgic amusements and entertainment.