Plan Your Stay
During your stay at Foxley Bank Stables, you will be situated in one of the most beautiful picturesque places in britain. Therefore why not take advantage of these most stunning places.
Nestling under the bulk of pendle hill, this is one of the lovliest villages in lancashire, quiet and unspoiled with a gurgling brook running past the village green and stone-built cottages.
The church tower is a splendid example of 15th century architecture. Successive generations of the Asherton Family have lived at Downham Hall since 1558; the present squire is lord clitheroe of downham.
Walkers have always been drawn to the area, some to walk up to Pendle, others to enjoy the many local walks which can be in any direction from the village – via Pendle road to the moorland and Pendle Hill, towards Twiston, Rimington, Chatburn and Worston. Once on the higher ground outside the village the views of the Ribble Valley and Pendle are stunning.
Perched on a hillside, commanding extensive views of the picturesque Ribble Valley stands Grindleton . It is situated across the River Ribble from Sawley, a couple of miles outside Clitheroe. This small rural community once relied heavily on weaving and spinning. Set amidst rolling pastures the church of St. Ambrose once served a population of hand-weavers; it retains its neat Georgian tower (1805). Though the rest was re-designed by Paley circa 1897. Christianity has flourished here from the days of Sawley Abbey and one of the 17th century curates founded the 'Grindletonians' - forerunners of the Quakers. Notice the superb engraved window by David Peace and the attractively painted organ pipes. To commemorate the Millennium, the village now has its own heritage trail. The walk takes approx. 1 hour and maps can be obtained from the Buck Inn and the Duke of York pub in the village or Clitheroe Tourist Information Centre.
Over 900 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England and is well worth a visit at any season of the year.
Visitors can explore every corner of this impressive history-rich castle, which withstood a three-year siege during the Civil War. View the Banqueting Hall, the Kitchen, the Bedchamber and Privy. Climb from the depths of the Dungeon to the top storey of the Watch Tower.
Imagine what life was like when Skipton Castle provided protection and security from invaders. Relax in the picnic area or in the new tea room or visit the shop for more information.
Even now more historic finds are being discovered. Recently an ancient well was uncovered, helping to explain how the castle garrison survived the siege of 1643-5.
At Sawley Abbey only part of the church and fragments of the cloister now survive above ground. The abbey, belonging to the Cistercian order, was founded in 1147 and operated until 1536, when the monks became embroiled in the Pilgrimage of Grace. This was an attempt by lay landowners, primarily in the north of England, to reinstate monks to their abbeys in defiance of Henry VIII’s suppression order. Early in 1537 the monks finally left Sawley Abbey. It was stripped of all its valuable materials and left to crumble, quickly falling into a state of disrepair. In the 19th century, the site was cleared and a wall was built to encircle the ruins and the site became an early visitor attraction. More recently, in the 1970s and 80s, extensive excavations were carried out around the southern cloister.
Trough of Bowland
The Trough of Bowland is Lancashire's 'hidden gem'. This beautiful region remained largely inaccessible to the casual tourist until well into the 20th century - indeed, many still bypass the Trough in favour of the well-worn delights of the Lakes or Dales. Shaw explored the area fully and most of his photographs show bleak tracts of moorland which have remained completely unchanged up to the present day.