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Living in Whalley: the local area guide

The River Calder runs through the Ribble Valley of Lancashire, lazily making its way through hills and trees, before coming to the large village of Whalley. The village, hundreds of years old, is fiercely proud of itself, and rightly so. Cottages line the streets, alongside Tudor and Georgian houses, with new shopfronts and developments carefully selected and allowed only if truly necessary, and even then they must be in keeping with the traditional style and feel of the village.

Several woodland areas surround the village, with the most prevalent of them being the Whalley Nab, found to the North. A gorgeous example of preserved English woodland, the forest offers numerous paths for dog walkers and hikers alike, whilst bordering on the nearby ruins of the Whalley Abbey. The Abbey, a 13th century Cistercian building, now lies within the grounds of a manor house and, whilst tours are offered during the summer months, the manor primarily functions as an exclusive conference and retreat centre.

The village itself, whilst having remained largely untouched by industrialisation through the ages, does have a history of its own, particularly to those who enjoy cricket, as its grounds hosted the first Roses match between Yorkshire and Lancashire county. Regardless of history, aesthetic or ruins, the village is a lovely place to be, whether you are passing through, staying temporarily in one of its superb guest houses, or choosing to reside within one of its preserved English cottages or more modern homes.

Demographics

The village’s inhabitants are largely local, many of whom were born and raised within the village. The Ribble Valley is a well to do area, boasting a level of affability higher than the rest of Lancashire, and a full quarter of its residents work in a professional capacity.

The region also possesses a high proportion of farms, with many residents working in traditional agriculture. This has the excellent benefit of ensuring that fresh and organic food is never hard to come by. Perhaps due to this, the country air and the generally idyllic surroundings in the area, the crime rates are the lowest in Lancashire, and the valley is the only area in all of Lancashire with life expectancies above the national average.

Education

The Whalley C.E. Primary School more than meets the needs of young scholars whose families live within the village, and Whalley offers a secondary school as well; Oakhill College, a co-education Catholic School.

Some parents choose to send their children to schools in the surrounding area. Nearby St. Augustine’s High School and Ribblesdale High School are both excellent institutions, within 4 miles of the village, and, unlike Oakhill College, are not independent schools.

Transport

The A59 and A67 are both minutes away from the village, whilst connections to the larger M65 allow easy commuting to nearby cities such as Blackburn and Preston. Bus services also allow for easy commuting, particularly as they are complemented by a rail system that runs on the Blackburn and Manchester line. The nearest international airport lies just under an hour away at Manchester – perfect for those who go on regular business trips abroad.

Amenities and shopping

Whalley possesses all the modern amenities we’ve come to enjoy in our lives. Supermarkets, a library, and even a rather good wine shop, can all be found in the village.

Several high fashion boutiques take up residence in the village and are excellent stores, if somewhat paradoxical. Offering jewellery from across Europe, as well as high fashion brands such as Marc Jacobs and Dolce and Gabbana, the village is more than adequately equipped for an afternoon spent shopping, or merely stocking up on the necessities of life.

Fine dining is also easily found in the village, with several of the restaurants boasting reputations of regional, and even national, esteem. In fact, one restaurant, Food by Breda Murphy is lauded as one of Lancashire’s finest restaurants, and has enjoyed entry in the Michelin guide for several years since its initial recognition.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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