Holiday Cottages in the Forest of Bowland Lancashire: Height Top Farm Cottages: Green Tourism

Local Attractions

Steeped in centuries-old heritage and legendary folklore, Lancashire offers many attractions to suit your interests and there are some fantastic locations to choose from. 

Discover some of Lancashire's legends! From majestic manor houses set in relaxing gardens to original textile museums transporting you back to a time when cotton was king!

Take a trip to the top of Pendle hill and take in the spectacular countryside and spellbinding story of the "Pendle Witches", the most famous witches in the land. Over four hundred years since the imprisonment, trial and deaths of the "Pendle Witches" people are as fascinated as ever. Some people remain on the summit overnight just to take in the atmosphere.

Close by is Whalley Abbey, whose 'monks' will give visitors an insight into how their predecessors used to live and work. Clitheroe is also well worth a visit with its recently revamped museum and fine castle.

Pendle Hill is the birth place of the Quaker movement, in 1640 George Fox the founder of the Quaker movement had a vision on the summit of Pendle Hill.

Why not visit the National Trust's best kept secret, Gawthorpe Hall for a cultural day out within 5 miles of Height Top Farm.

Gawthorpe Hall web site

Stream & Steam Heritage Trail leaflet (PDF 703kb)

We are the perfect location if you enjoy, walking and cycling with dramatic uplands and quiet leafy lanes and footpaths see our walking and cycling page.

If bird watching and wildlife are your thing have a look at our wildlife page.

Some of the best places to "Dine Out" are within a very short distance whether its something very special or maybe a pub lunch.

Pubs and Restaurants

Higham Village, The Four Alls. Fence Village, The Fence Gate Inn, The White Swan and The Sparrow Hawk. Roughlee The Bay Horse, All serve food.

Roaming Roosters, farm shop/butchers and bistro approx 2 miles -

The Three Fishes Restaurant at Mitton near Whalley

There are plenty of other fine eating places accross the ribble valley many featured in The Ribble Valley Food Trail (PDF 3.0mb)

The Ribble Valley Food Trail (PDF 3.0mb)

Made in Lancashire -

For shopping and sightseeing, there are nearby market towns such as Clitheroe which has a wide range of independent shops, restaurants and pubs as well as a cinema and equally historic Colne  which also has the famous Boundary Mill Store, the place for some retail therapy.

Pendle and the Forest of Bowland have many picturesque villages such as our closest village Higham, and nearby Newchurch, Barley and Downham are all worth a visit. A short journey away are Waddington with its delightful stream side gardens, Sawley with its abbey ruins and riverside walk, and Slaidburn Slaidburn Village (PDF 2.9mb) with its riverside village green. A great way to explore our local villages is to follow the Forest of Bowland Teashop Map (1.0mb)

For arts and crafts there is the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe, also Clitheroe Castle has regular exhibitions. In nearby Fence village is landscape painter Keith Melling's gallery There are other private galleries in Colne Whalley and Clitheroe.

The Pendle Visitor Guide (PDF) information on what Pendle has to offer including Walking and Cycling Festivals and the biggest Blues Festival in Britain.

The Forest of Bowland Discovery Guide (PDF 9.88mb) is a comprehensive guide to this hidden gem in the heart of Lancashire.

For even more ideas visit one of the sites below

Forest of Bowland - 

Visit Pendle Web site -

.Visit Ribble Valley web site -


Gawthorp Hall
Gawthorpe Hall

Clitheroe Castle
Clitheroe Castle

Downham Village
Downham Village

Boundary Mill Colne
Boundary Mill Colne

Whalley Abbey
Whalley Abbey