Whalley's High Street Heroes

PUBLISHED: 01:16 10 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:07 20 February 2013

Megan and John Atherton with Lucy Durkin from The Stable Trading Company

Megan and John Atherton with Lucy Durkin from The Stable Trading Company

We take a look at the people and businesses that make this Ribble Valley village tick. Emma Mayoh reports PHOTOGRAPHY BY GLYNN WARD

There good reasons why Whalley is so popular. An amble down the wide main street, a look around the spectacular ruins at Whalley Abbey or a glimpse of the countys longest and largest railway viaduct gives a brief hint at the delights of this ancient Lancashire village.

Located at the western end of the Ribble Valley, it attracts cyclists and ramblers as well as day trippers. Its locals include everyone from accomplished artists who have dedicated their lives to their work including producing pieces for Lords and Ladies and Dukes and Duchesses - to community champions who keep the village thriving.

In fact, when developers submitted plans for large housing estates that would have doubled the size of the village, local residents formed an action group and ought them. The application was rejected but an appeal was lodged and the campaign continues.

There is also a dedicated Whalley Chamber of Trade that has been run for the past two decades by a team of business people keen to keep the village centre busy.

The Whalley community knows how to throw a good party too. It hosts major events including Pickwick Night.

Its held near Christmas and is a Victorian themed fair where local people don traditional costume and the streets are filled with fun festivities.
The village is also a haven for people who love to shop. Along the main streets youll discover a very good range of high quality, small independents selling everything from designer womens clothing and jewellers to fantastic butchers and luxury interiors stores. There are also several great pubs, caf and restaurants serving up award-winning food.

The shops here attract people from far and wide because of the quality of goods they offer. You can also expect to pick up some goodies in the village that you might not find anywhere else. But, if you have not already visited this Lancashire gem, do not hesitate and discover its many charms.

The print version of this article appeared in the October 2011 issue of Lancashire Life

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