Clitheroe's High Street Heroes
PUBLISHED: 11:42 24 February 2012 | UPDATED: 21:06 20 February 2013
This bustling market town in the heart of the Ribble Valley has been going from strength to strength Photography by Glynn Ward
The Norman keep of Clitheroe Castle casts a watchful eye over the towns shoppers, or so it seems as you take a meander down the bustling main street.
Here you can wander in and out of a host of independent retail outlets, offering everything from clothes and jewellery to gifts and decadent home treats. These independent boutiques are mostly run by local people, who always have a smile and a cheery hello for shoppers, not to mention an intimate knowledge of their products and and a passion for customer service - whether youre looking to spend 50 or 500.
They mix with smaller branches of some of our recognisable national high street names making the town a must-visit location; somewhere that residents can get their day-to-day goods but is also a must-see for people out of the area.
A word of advice though, dont just stick to Castle Street, Clitheroes main shopping thoroughfare. Behind The Swan Hotel is the Swan Courtyard, a pretty little retailing oasis with bijou boutiques and a caf providing an almost Mediterranean feel - if you get the weather right. There are plenty of other side streets to explore too, where you can find a treasure trove of treats to delight your tastebuds and your pocket.
Clitheroe is of course a market town. This is is an important institution in the town with a regular market being held here since the 12th century following the Norman invasion. Market days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a weekly antique and flea market held each Friday. It is here that you can wander the aisles between the stalls taking in the sights and sounds and finding a far few bargains.
There are plenty of little cafes, bistros and restaurants to eat at and fabulous local suppliers of everything from meat to wine. The town is well established on the much-vaunted Ribble Valley Food Trail an initiative that has paved the way for a host of other events - such as the annual food festival - that encourage people who have never been before to discover just what they are missing.
Arts, crafts, cinema, history all are well covered here and parking is plentiful and well signposted.
All in all, Clitheroe is not just a shoppers haven but somewhere you should visit at least once. Once you have been, youll want to keep going back!
The print version of this article appeared in the March 2012 issue of Lancashire Life
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