St Leonard's in Old Langho, Lancashire

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Old Langho Road, Blackburn,
Lancashire, BB6 8AW

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St Leonard's in Old Langho, Lancashire

This cosy church is set in the heart of the Ribble Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty and also known as the food capital of the North. A visit here is truly a feast for the eyes! Inside the church you’ll find beautiful carved stone and woodwork – don’t miss the amazing carved bench ends. Outside the church the scenic countryside and views are incredible – don’t forget your camera!

This church has:

  • Electricity
  • Toilet inside the church
  • Great pub next door
  • Good for walks locally
  • Cosy for couples or families
  • Perfect for history lovers
  • Lots to explore nearby

A stay at Old Langho is to walk into an anomaly, as St Leonard’s is one of a very small number of churches to be built immediately following the reformation. This is the original church for the parish of Langho. It is said that large parts of its construction came from the dissolved Whalley Abbey, indeed certain carvings, windows, plinths, piscina and credence, are of such high quality, they must have come from the Abbey. Make sure you pay close attention to the exquisitely carved 17th century benches, adorned with initials and insignia from various patrons and houses linked with the church.

This quaint little church is set in the peaceful village of Langho and, along with its adjacent pub, creates a lovingly relaxed family atmosphere. St Leonard’s provides our guests with the perfect duality, providing a perfect base camp for so much exploration and activities to do, with museums, parks and landmarks all around. While being just out of the way enough, to give you a peaceful get away from the noise of the outside world.

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Rambling and Roaming in Old Langho

Samlesbury Hall – Nearby is a beautiful 12th century manor house with the most amazing great hall to behold. They also serve afternoon teas, provide a great café, and host Dottie’s Wafflery – England’s first ever! That’s a sizzling waffle iron made sumptuous breakfast for you. For all those tempted, click here.

Clitheroe Caslte Museum – Sitting on top of a chalk mound, the Castle has dominated the town of Clitheroe for over 800 years. The Castle and grounds are open daily and free to visit, while the museum is sited within the former Stewards House, an 18th century listed building. For more info click here.

Forest of Bowland – The Forest of Bowland covers 803 km ² in Lancashire and Yorkshire and was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1964. It is important for its heather moorland, blanket bog and rare birds. The AONB’s population of just 16,000 live mostly in its historic villages, with the remainder in loose-knit hamlets or isolated dwellings in open countryside. Some are estate villages where buildings are of a similar age and architecture, for example Downham, Slaidburn and Abbeystead. It also contains Pendle, where the infamous witch trials took place in 1612. For more info click here.

Thompson Park, Burnley – Opening in 1930, Thompson Park, and the adjoining Queen’s Park boast some really cool attractions for some amazing treats family fun including the boating lake with boat and canoe hire, paddling pool, sports clubs, a youth centre with a whole host of activities of their own, a variety of shops, restaurants and outdoor play areas and the beautiful canal passing straight over the river Brun. Not to mention the amazing Thompson Park miniature railway, with a huge length of track – a fun day out regardless of age!  For more info click here.

Hoghton Tower – A fortified medieval manor house and gardens,  a short drive from the church and a real gem to explore. So stunning in fact that it’s been the location for many film and TV productions (Peaky Blinders, Henry VIII and his Six Wives, Casanova…to name a few). It also boosts to serve the best afternoon tea in Lancashire! For more info click here.

Gawthorpe Hall – Affectionately referred to as the ‘Downton of the North’, Gawthorpe Hall was redesigned in the 1850s by Sir Charles Barry, designer of the Houses of Parliament and the ‘real’ Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle. The modest Hall houses the North West’s largest collection of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery as well as The Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, a wonderful collection of intricate lace, embroidery and needlework amassed by Miss Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth. Gawthorpe Hall is the final stop on ‘The Brontë Way’, a long distance route with strong associations with the writings of Charlotte Brontë and the family. For more info click here.

Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery – One of the first museums to be opened outside London, in 1874, the museum at Blackburn hosts a wide array of artefacts, from Coins and Manuscripts to Egyptology, Fine Art, Natural History and many more. For more info click here.

Bowland Wild Boar Park – Sitting on the banks of the river Hodder in the middle of the picturesque Forest of Bowland, the Bowland Wild Boar Park is an amazing experience before you even get to the animals. Open since 1999 the park is surrounded by beautiful wildflowers. They have a Kids Adventure Play area with slides, swings, zip wires, and loads play on, along with tractor & trailer and barrel ride. But the real treat is the amazing array of animals. The park is an amazing gateway for kids to learn about the animals of the English countryside including Peacocks and hens, llamas, deer, rabbits and of course, the Wild Boar. For more info click here.