At 300 square miles, most of which is in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ribble Valley has two market towns, Clitheroe and Longridge, and 44 villages set in a peaceful and unspoilt landscape offering panoramic views and a rich heritage. It is also home to some of the North West's best food and drink, most dedicated and hardworking producers, and inspirational chefs.
An array of wonderful foods - meat from traditional Lancashire breeds, organic milk and cheese, yogurt and ice-cream, handmade pies and pastries, and a feast of fruit and vegetables packed with natural flavour - can be found at shops and restaurants along the borough's leafy lanes and in its historic towns and villages.
The Ribble Valley Food Trail was launched in 2008 as part of Taste Lancashire 08, a year of events aimed at promoting Lancashire producers, chefs and fine foods, and to celebrate Ribble Valley's remarkable recovery from the 2001 foot and mouth epidemic.
The project was a huge success, winning a raft of awards, critical acclaim and individual accolades for the trail's members.
Explore our first class food destination
Now the trail has been re-launched, featuring 34 food producers, outlets and restaurateurs renowned for their top-quality food, exceptional customer service - not just service with a smile, but food served with knowledge and passion - and provenance: food produced, sourced, consumed and enjoyed locally.
As well as promoting the delights of local produce to residents and visitors, the Ribble Valley Food Trail also addresses some "meaty" issues, such as food miles, healthy living and rural economic sustainability.
From picking wild garlic in the local woods to growing their own vegetables, shooting their own game to baking their own bread, Ribble Valley chefs, retailers and producers work tirelessly to bring us some of the best food and drink that Lancashire has to offer. Please join us on the Ribble Valley Food Trail and discover it for yourself.
Click on the map for detailed profiles of Ribble Valley Food Trail members, or check out our Square Meal section for a unique Ribble Valley Food Trail film. The Extra Helpings section features all the latest food trail news, including information about a unique collaboration with food tourism company Food Hero Tours.
The Ribble Valley Food Trail is funded by Ribble Valley Borough Council. Inclusion on the trail does not imply endorsement by Ribble Valley Borough Council or its partners. Particulars were correct at the time of going to press. Ribble Valley Borough Council would like to thank Olivia Assheton, the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board and Food Hero Tours for supporting the Ribble Valley Food Trail.