Samlesbury Hall and Clitheroe

At the start of our slightly extended Bank Holiday weekend we travelled about 30 miles south, to the black-and-white Samlesbury Hall. Built in 1325, the Hall is one of the oldest in the country and has seen many purposes, including a public house and a boarding school. For the past century, however, it has been in the care of a charity which has restored it to its former glory as a hall.

We finished our day with a stroll up the hill to nearby Clitheroe Castle - in fact, only the keep of the 12th century castle remains, now set in an attractive garden. The views across the relatively flat Ribble Valley are good, even on a murky day