The Local Area


From canal-side strolls to hilltop rambling, Lancashire has long been a haven for walkers of all abilities and Stirk House is set right in the heart of it all. The hotel itself is surrounded by 22 acres of grounds which you are welcome to meander around the Nature Trail or further afield into the beautiful Ribble Valley.  The hotel can cater for Walking Parties and has the benefits of a drying room for wet clothing and boots.

Take advantage of our Nature Trail or enjoy some of the many local walks;

Clitheroe Castle

Chatburn Circular

Bolton by Bowland

Downham Circular Walk 2

Downham Circular Walk 3

Aitken Wood

Black Moss

Ogden Reservoir

Stocks Reservoir


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Ride the woodland  paths of Gisburn Forest, or for those seeking adrenaline, speed around the off road tracks spanning the peaks and troughs of the Ribble Valley; cyclists of all levels can enjoy the Lancashire countryside.

The hotel can cater for Cycling Parties and has the benefits of a drying room for wet clothing and boots, as well as secure cycle storage.

Enjoy some of the many cycle routes the Ribble Valley has to offer;

Pendle Hill

Gisburn Forest

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Woodland in the Stirk House grounds.

Whether exploring historical castles and abbeys or medieval towns and ancient forests, the area surrounding Stirk House is steeped in history, charm and interest. Nearby attractions include the historic market town of Clitheroe, Skipton Castle and canal and Ingleton Waterfalls.

Local Attractions & Villages


The historical town of Skipton has plenty to boast about, its high street & adjoining famous Sheep Street have many lovely local shops.  The picturesque tree lined street runs down from Skipton Castle and homes its famous open market every Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday.


Filled with small boutiques & coffee shops, Clitheroe is a small shopping town that is perfect for a stroll down its historical streets.

The views from Clitheroe Castle’s old walls and its walk to the top are outstanding.  The Castle Museum really brings the history all to life.

Pendle Hill

Pendle Hill is an iconic landmark that rises majestically to a fraction short of a mountain.  A relatively moderate walk to the top will leave you taking in some stunning views.

Pendle, as an area takes its name from the hill and is famous for the Pendle Witches, who were hanged in 1612.  It was the biggest witchcraft trail in Britain.

What's on Guide

August Local Events

Stonyhurst Literature & Film Festival

Stonyhurst College

16th & 17th August


Lower Dutton Farm – Open Garden


3rd & 4th August

September Local Events

Festival of Spirit

Colne Municipal Hall

29th September


Keighley & District Agricultural Show


7th September

October Local Events

Clitheroe Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival

The Grand, Clitheroe

13th October


North of England Orchid Show

Brockholes Nature Reserve

6th October

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