Browsholme Hall Chipping Slaidburn Car Tour

Browsholme Hall Chipping Slaidburn Car Tour
Start/Finish Tour
Places of Interest Places of Interest
Eat and Drink Eat and Drink

This tour takes you along the southern edge of the Forest of Bowland from Browsholme hall to Chipping village with the oldest shop in the country.

Then you will pass by the entrance to the Trough of Bowland and into Dunsop Bridge at the heart of the Kingdom. The tour continues to follow the Hodder to Slaidburn Village with its fine church and historic school.

Approx. Distance 15 miles (25 km)


  • Historic House
  • Picturesque Villages
  • Long distance Views
  • Animal Park

Browsholme Hall

Browsholme Hall

Browsholme Hall, pronounced 'Brewsom', is an historic house and the ancestral home of the Parker Family, Bowbearers of the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, who have lived there since it was built in 1507. The present day owners Robert and Amanda Parker invite guests into the family home for small conferences, corporate hospitality, musical events, craft fairs and open days throughout the year.

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Grid: Ref: SD683451

Post Code: BB7 3DE

Chipping Village

St Bartholomew Chipping

Chipping Village

2009 Chipping won a gold medal at the Britain in Bloom Awards in the 'village category. The judges also awarded the Tourism Award to Chipping.

The craft shop and post office in Chipping is the oldest continuously trading shop in Great Britain since 1668. 'Chipping' in old English means market, many of the vilage's finest buildings date from the 17th century. In the village is an ancient water-wheel. St Bartholomew the village church was founded in 597AD.

Chipping Post Office Gallery, holds exhibitions of local artists and art groups throughout the year.


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Post Code: PR3 2QH Grid: Ref: SD620431

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Bowland Wild Boar Park

Bowland Wild Boar Park

View wild Boar, Longhorn Cattle, Deer, Llamas, Goats. There is lots for kids to do including pedal tractor area, tractor rides, play area, lamb Llama and deer feeding (when available). All in a magnificent setting.

Visit the cafe for home made food and home reared Wild Boar meat. There are a number of walks from 550 metres to 1200 metres in length.


Grid: Ref: SD652450


Hodder Valley

Dunsop Bridge


Dunsop Bridge and Hodder Valley

A popular picnic site and a place to feed the families of ducks that live nearby. Puddleducks Post Office and Tea Rooms sells more duck food than anything else! This small village is surrounded by dramatic countryside and many interesting walks start at the village.

Dunsop Bridge sits at the entrance to the spectacular Trough of Bowland, a narrow, steep-sided valley formed at the end of the last ice-age. One of the most famous walking tracks is nearby Salter Fell, the pass along with the Pendle Witches were taken from their homes beneath Pendle Hill to their trial at Lancaster Castle.

The local church was built by Colonel Towneley with the proceeds of his win at the 1861 Derby with racehorse Kettledrum. In the Apse is a painting of the horse.


Grid: Ref: SD662499

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A the village green by the Hodder with the Riverbank Tea Rooms is a popular picnic site. The village has much else to intrest the visitor. The Hark to Bounty Inn has a long and interesting history. The the fine historic school was built in 1717 by a John Brennand and is still in use today.

The church of St. Andrew has a history that can be traced back over ten centuries. There is an 18th century three-decker pulpit, Jacobean chancel screen and intact Georgian box-pews.


Grid: Ref: SD710524

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The Inn at Whitewell

The Inn at Whitewell adheres to the old fashioned concept of a rural Inn. Seriously good local ingredients cooked well and a noteworthy selection of drinks. Tel 01200 448222

Accommodation and Food.

Web: The Inn at Whitewell

Post Code: BB7 3AT Grid: Ref: SD659469


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Tour Description

This tour takes you along the southern edge of the Forest of Bowland and down into the Ribble valley. From Browsholme hall the route first takes in views of Longridge fell on the way to Chipping, one of the most attractive of the Ribble Valley / Bowland villages. With Public Houses, beautiful ancient Church and reputably the oldest shop in the country.

After Chipping the tour starts to follow the river Hodder soon you will come to Bowland Wild Boar Park well worth a visit not just for the animals but also for the magnificent setting. From the Boar park the route soon enters the Duchy of Lancaster estate after a short uphill section a wide vista opens as you look across the Hodder Valley towards Dunsop Bridge. At this point the valley appears to be surrounded on all sides with heather clad and forested hills.

Dropping down into the valley you will snake along following the river crossing stone bridges with opportunities to stop and admire the views or just watch the river go by. You will pass the entrance to the Trough of Bowland (featured in one of our other tours) then over an ancient bridge into Dunsop Bridge the centre of the Kingdom. There is a car park at the end of this small settlement, its worth a short stop and a walk back to the riverside village green and why not pop into Puddle Ducks for a drink. Across the road from the car park is an avenue of American Giant Redwood trees.

After Dunsop you continue to follow the Hodder which flows for a short section through a steep sided valley. Your first view of Slaidburn is dominated by views of its fine church as you go past the church notice the ancient school building still in use next door. Slaidburn also has a riverside village green, car park and cafe like Dunsop and both are popular picnic sites.