Browsholme Hall Waddington Sawley Abbey Car Tour

Browsholme Hall Waddington Sawley Abbey Car Tour
Key
Start/Finish Tour
Places of Interest Places of Interest
Eat and Drink Eat and Drink

This tour takes you from Browsholme Hall down into the heart of the Ribble valley. Following country lanes you will first pass Bashall Barn food visitor centre. Then to Waddington famous for the stream side gardens which run through the centre of the village.

You will travel through two more villages before reaching the village of Sawley with its ruins of a Cistercian Abbey.

Approx. Distance 8.6 miles (14 km)

Features:

  • Historic House
  • Picturesque Villages
  • Visitor Centre
  • Countryside Views
  • Medieval Abbey

Browsholme Hall

Browsholme Hall

Browsholme Hall, pronounced 'Brewsom', is an historic house and the ancestral home of the Parker Family, Bowbearers of the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, who have lived there since it was built in 1507. The present day owners Robert and Amanda Parker invite guests into the family home for small conferences, corporate hospitality, musical events, craft fairs and open days throughout the year.

Location map

Grid: Ref: SD683451

Post Code: BB7 3DE

Waddington

Waddington

King Henry VI (Henry the Good) lived for 12 months at Waddington Hall before being betrayed to the Yorkists in 1465. He escaped via a secret panel and staircase from the dining room but was captured down river at Brungerley Bridge on the outskirts of Clitheroe. The Almshouses in the village were originally built in the 1700s, and then rebuilt on their present location around the green. Robert Parker founded them for the widows of local dalesmen and farmers. One outstanding feature of this village are the streamside gardens which have helped Waddington win the title of 'Best Kept Village in Lancashire' on several occasions.

Location

Post Code: BB7 3HP Grid: Ref: SD728438

 

 

Sawley Abbey

A Cistercian abbey founded in 1147. The abbey remained in use until the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536 an attempt to reverse Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monesteries. Only part of the church and parts of the cloister remain as standing walls.

Location

Grid Ref: SD 779464

Tour Description

This tour takes you from Browsholme Hall down into the heart of the Ribble valley. Following country lanes you will first pass Bashall Barn food visitor centre and Backridge Farm with its arts and craft shops. Then to Waddington famous for the stream side gardens which run through the centre of the village. The village has several pubs and a fine church. Of particular note are Almshouses which you will pass on the way to the next two villages overlooking the Ribble, West Bradford and Grindleton. You will get to meet the Ribble in the village of Sawley with its ruins of a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1147 by the third Baron Percy. The abbey was founded by monks from Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire.