If you’re planning a 2-night stay with us at Assheton Arms, there is A LOT to choose from, but we’ve picked out the crème de la crème of sights, eat and activities that you definitely won’t want to miss during your time here.
On day one, we suggest you set off early (especially if the weather is nice) and take our Assheton Arms Walk, which starts and ends at the Assheton Arms. The walk takes in picturesque sights from the Ribble Valley, including Worsaw Hill and the villages of Downham and Chatburn. The best part is that you can enjoy a hearty breakfast or lunch to fuel you for your walk and well-deserved refreshment afterwards.
If you’re feeling ambitious during the walk, you can head up Pendle Hill to take in the panoramic views. Rising 557 metres above sea level, Pendle Hill is one of Lancashire’s most famous and breath-taking landmarks. It is best known for its association with the history of the Pendle witches and their trial at Lancaster Castle. It is a focal point for Halloween celebrations in Lancashire each year. An eight-mile circular walk starts from the village in Downham (but don’t feel obligated to do the entire walk!).
You’ll have worked up a good appetite after all that walking, settling in for dinner at the Assheton Arms will not disappoint! Our menu changes daily, showcasing the best local produce or for a real seafood lover treat, Fruit de Mer can be pre-ordered 48 hours in advance. We have a great wine selection, including by the glass, using the Coravin system you can try just a small (or large!) glass of something very special.
The day begins enjoying homemade pastries and the plentiful breakfast selection, whether it’s a hearty Full Lancashire or a lighter choice of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.
Next, you can take in some culture and history by visiting Clitheroe Castle, which sits atop Castle Hill and has been a defining part of the town’s skyline for 800 years. This landmark in the Ribble Valley boasts 360-degree views of the surrounding area, while internally, the museum’s galleries trace 350 million years of heritage, geology and history of the region. The castle also offers crafts and other activities for visiting children, so it’s a great choice for the whole family.
After visiting the Castle, why not visit Bowland Brewery in Clitheroe. This micro-brewery was founded in 2003 and since then it has gone from strength to strength. They offer tours and boast a beer hall with one of the longest bars in the UK, which features 42 hand pulls and over 24 cask ales each week, where you can also have lunch.
With a daily changing menu there will be plenty to choose from for dinner on night two at the Assheton Arms, however, if you fancy a change of scenery we are just 15 minutes from the Freemasons at Wiswell or Northcote Manner. Both critically acclaimed fine dining experiences, the later with a Michelin Star.