When out on our travels attending pop-up markets across the UK, we’re often asked where exactly are we based in Lancashire and what is there to see and visit. So… we thought it was about time we jotted down our top few things to do when in Whalley.
Firstly, the official tourist guide mentions Whalley Abbey and seeing Saxon Crosses as the top thing to do… but we’re going to assume visiting ancient graveyards and churches isn’t your ideal way of spending an afternoon and evening in the Ribble Valley.
So we’re starting in one of the many pub’s which Whalley seems to have an extraordinary number of given its size.Jacks Bar: A micro pub with an extensive selection of craft ales from around the globe. Small and intimate with the feel of being in your mate’s front room you’ll likely meet Jack himself who’ll tell you all you need to know about the rare tipple you’ve just ordered.
Whalley Arches Viaduct: A supreme example of Victorian engineering this 49, yes 49 arch railway viaduct receives little recognition given that it is a truly pioneering piece of architecture. Plus, if you’re arriving into the Ribble Valley by train, which we absolutely recommend, you’ll get to go along the top of it! Don’t get too carried away by the stunning panoramic views though, as you’ll be needing to jump of pretty sharpish as you arrive at Whalley Train Station.
The Hydro-Electric Plant: Now we know this one is a little geeky, but this 100kw is well worth a stroll past to see how energy is being fed into the national grid and reduce carbon emissions. Lace up your Reilly Boots, head past the Toby Jug then turn up along Calder Vale to pick up the footpath along the river to see the ancient weir alongside the Archimedian screw which we are told powers the village.💡
Whalley Wine Shop: If you’re a lover of rare, exotic and fine wines then the Wine Shop will be heaven for you. Not only is there a huge selection of bottled wines from around the world available to take away you’ll find a splendid and usually extremely rare selection of wines available by the glass. Grab a table outside and while away an hour or too watching Whalley go by.
The Salvage House: An ever changing selection of artisanal retailers, home to a traditional barbers and an irregular programme of pop-up markets and music gigs all housed within a former factory. Think a mini Aflecks Palace crossed with a Hoxton hang out. Be sure to stumble past the taxidermia, contemporary art and into the speakeasy bar at the rear.
Cosgroves: A traditional gentleman’s outfitters located on King Street which stocks Ralph Lauren and Lacoste. You’ll also find a fine selection of more formal fashion on offer along with impeccable service. We think the Harris Tweed blazer in the window would look ace worn with vintage Levis and the latest LANX sneakers.
LANX Warehouse: We couldn't really have a guide to Whalley without mentioning our own warehouse on Mitton Rd. The Kettle is always on, the beers are usually chilled and we’re open 7 days per week from 10am-4pm. Expect not only the latest styles and collections, but also a selection of samples and secret shoes for sale.
Rendezvous Nightspot: No guide to Whalley would be complete without a mention of ‘Rio’s’. The late night discotheque that has lasted longer than any other nightclub we can think of. Open until the very early hours and usually the final port of call for most on a night out, we make no guarantees for this venue being at all trendy or cool, but once those double Jaggerbombs are in your system that dancefloor quickly becomes mighty appealing. Just pray that the resulting video of you thinking you’re John Travolta doesn't make it’s way onto instagram (but do tag us in if it does). 🕺
Finally…. special mentions to: CJ’s sandwich shop for our early morning bacon butties, Forum Bar for the very well made cocktails (particularly on a Friday afternoon), The Dog Inn, The DeLacey, local superhero Kellie Hughes and also Matt Ousby for the free WiFi.