Lancashire’s fabulous food producers
DAY 1: Arrive Clitheroe by train | Explore Clitheroe on foot.
DAY 2: Collection from hotel for minibus foodie tour | Depart Lancaster by train.
This two-day itinerary starts in the market town of Clitheroe, which is renowned for its bustling market, specialist retailers and Bowland Food Hall – a showcase for the best Lancashire produce. After a morning in town and a delicious lunch, we head out west for a foraged supper before visiting a series of artisan food and drink producers on day 2.
Arrive by train at Clitheroe Station. Hourly service from Blackburn and Manchester. Timetables at www.northernrailway.co.uk
Explore Clitheroe Town Centre where you’ll find a selection of specialist food retailers and a bustling market (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 8am – 4pm). Pop into Bowland Food Hall to browse Lancastrian delicacies before taking lunch in the food hall café or next door at Bowland Beer Hall, where you’ll find one of the longest bars in Britain and a huge selection of cask ales from Lancashire and beyond.
Dine at Bowland Food Hall or Bowland Beer Hall – or grab some picnic products from the market or food hall.
Take a gentle walk out into the scenic Ribble Valley countryside and cross the River Ribble to reach the picture postcard village of Waddington. Enjoy an afternoon tipple at one of the village’s three welcoming inns then check into your village accommodation or amble back into Clitheroe.
For more walking routes and ideas, visit: www.forestofbowland.com.
Depart accommodation for gastrofeast foodie tour with Bowland and Bay.
Your guide Katie Wilson will collect private tours for 4+ guests from your accommodation. Bowland & Bay create half or full day foodie tours, visiting some of Lancashire’s leading artisan food producers.
Your itinerary can be tailored to meet your tastes. Wed-Saturday Tours can include Lancashire cheese makers, artisan gin distillers, smokehouses, coffee roasters, bakers, breweries and ice cream parlours. With time for a splendid lunch at one of the county’s noted gastropubs on a full-day adventure. Returning to Lancaster station and your train home.
- Want to book a bespoke food tour itinerary with Katie from Bowland & Bay? Get in touch direct at: Bowland and Bay.
Return to Lancaster Station and your train home.
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STAY ANOTHER DAY
Optional second night at The Rewilding for an unforgettable dining experience at the Untamed Supper Club – featuring foraged local foods cooked over an open fire and served in a rustic barn. Potential for a foraging workshop the following day.
Bus 89 or taxi to Lancaster Station. Depart Lancaster by train.
Lancashire has an abundance of additional foodie destinations to visit, such as the Michelin-starred Northcote at Langho and the highly recommended Freemasons at Wiswell and the Parker’s Arms at Newton. There’s plenty more to see and do in the area to extend your break a while. The historic old port city of Lancaster is a fascinating place to explore on foot and learn more about its colourful history – which dates back to Roman times.
- The quiet roads make this part of Bowland a paradise for cyclists. Head to the pretty village of Scorton – a hub for cyclists – with some fantastic eateries. Scorton Circular is a lovely 16-mile tour of the quiet lanes and hamlets along the southern fringe of the Bowland Fells or, for an extended 27 mile route, enjoy the unspoilt beauty of Grizedale and Bleasdale. To download these routes visit: www.forestofbowland.com
- Visit Beacon Fell Country Park which features 75 hectares of woodland, grassland and moorland. There are several woodland trails which are great for families and four-legged friends.