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Longridge Fell, Forest of Bowland & Ribble Valley

Longridge Fell, Forest of Bowland & Ribble Valley

Mon 3 - Fri 7 Jun 2024: A 5 Day Escorted Coach Holiday to Longridge Fell, Forest of Bowland & Ribble Valley with Johnsons Coaches

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Monday 3rd to Friday 7th June 2024




Once again we are delighted to feature the glorious Gibbon Bridge Hotel – Ideally located for exploring the highlights of Lancashire and uncovering its wonderful local heritage. Privately owned, this 30 bedroomed 4-star country hotel is in the heart of the Ribble Valley, nestling in 23 acres of beautiful gardens surrounded by the Forest of Bowland – an area of rugged, unspoilt countryside in rural Lancashire.


Look What’s Included

  • Door to Door Service

  • Our own courier service

  • Luxury Traveller Coach with ‘First Class’ Seating & Legroom

  • Fully reclining seats

  • Complimentary on board hot and cold drinks

  • Free Wi-Fi and USB charging points

  • Complimentary gift bag

  • 4 nights half board

  • Entrances to Samlesbury Hall (Guided Tour), Clitheroe Castle Museum & Gawthorpe Hall (NT), Talk from the Head Gardener at our hotel plus a Light Lunch, Browsholme Hall, Visit to Dewlay Cheesemakers & Lune Aqueduct Canal Cruise with Fish & ChipLunch


Not included: All lunches


Travelling north we visit Samlesbury Hall, a fabulous half-timbered black and white medieval house built in 1325. A guided tour takes us around and brings its history to life. From here it is a short drive to our hotel located in the Lancashire Fells for our 4-night stay.


This morning we visit Clitheroe Castle Museum, which stands high on Castle Hill and has dominated Clitheroe’s skyline for over 800 years. It tells the story of Clitheroe and its surrounding area: the formation of the land 350 million years ago. We continue to Gawthorpe Hall (NT), affectionately known as ‘Downton of the North’. The Hall was redesigned in the 1850’s by Sir Charles Barry, designer of the Houses of Parliament and the real ‘Downton’ – Highclere Castle and is a fine example of Elizabethan architecture where we discover its rooms filled with Victorian Gothic furnishings and decoration.


The interior décor and flower arrangements at the Gibbon Bridge are always a major talking point and today, after breakfast, we have a talk and flower arranging demonstration. After included morning coffee we then meet the Head Gardener for a tour of the hotel’s magnificent gardens. Following an included light lunch, we enjoy an afternoon visit to Browsholme Hall, the ancestral home of the Parkers, Bowbearers of the Forest of Bowland since Tudor times. Enjoy the Hall’s magnificent architecture, fabulous interiors and antique furnishings - the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Forest of Bowland and a real hidden gem.


We commence our day with a visit to Dewlay Cheesemakers, recognised for producing the very finest quality Lancashire Cheese. Enjoy tasting before continuing north to Lancaster where we sit back and take our seats for a cruise along the Lancaster Canal, travelling through the historic city before arriving at the spectacular Lune Aqueduct where we enjoy spectacular views. Included in our 1 ¾ hour cruise is a lovely fish & chip lunch.


Our homeward journey includes a visit to the fashionable seaside resort of Southport, before returning home during the evening.

Your Hotel


4* Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Chipping, Forest of Bowland

One of Lancashire’s finest hotels with luxury bedrooms and a stylish restaurant with fine views of the award-winning gardens and Longridge Fell. Privately owned for over 30 years, the original family farm has been lovingly converted into an award-winning hotel. The hotel comprises 30 individually appointed spacious rooms; a large number of which are split level suites with their own private lounges, bedrooms and en-suites, each individually designed. The restaurant sources all its produce locally, not only from local suppliers but from its own kitchen gardens and onsite bakery. The gardens and views from the terrace, conservatory and restaurant are stunning throughout the year. The large comfortable lounge bar with a roaring open fire offers a welcome retreat on a wet afternoon.

Mobility Grade: 3. Locality & hotel are generally level. A few isolated steps throughout but a lift is available.


Duration, Dates and Prices:

Mon 3 - Fri 7 Jun 2024

4 Nights



Departs: 9.30am

Returns: 5.00pm



Single Room: Nil (Within Allocation)

Holiday Insurance: £34


(All prices are per person & are for the entire tour)


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