A day out with David and Ann (from Lily Hall). I’d no idea where we were going, just somewhere out towards Clitheroe. As we set off from Hebden Bridge we realised that Ann knew the former tenant of my new flat – and had visited him there!


The lovely village of Downham. The village of Downham in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty lies at the foot of Pendle Hill, close to the thriving market town of Clitheroe. It is often hailed as the most beautiful village in Lancashire, with unrivalled views unspoilt by overhead wires, satellite dishes, roadside signage and TV aerials.
The Assheton family is responsible for the village and surrounding well-managed estate. The manor has been in the family’s ownership since 1558 and has passed through a direct male line of the Asshetons since 1680.

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Lovely lunch at the gastro pub The Assheton Arms with Pendle Hill as the backdrop. It was raining when we set off but we had a nice sunny day on the moors. 


Ann, doggie Lily (named after her home) and Pendle Hill



Downham village centre

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I think someone else would have liked a 99


Sawley Abbey. The remains of a Cistercian abbey founded in 1148, set against a backdrop of dramatic hills.



We stopped in to look at The Coach and Horses in Bolton-by-Bowland which has just had a complete makeover



Slaidburn Youth Hostel, the first youth hostel I ever stayed in with my mum. It seemed an amazing coincidence that we’d come to this place by chance. I think my mom knows about my big move 🙂  I was about 14. when I came here for the first time. I tried the door but it was locked. However, a few minutes later on the dot of 5 o’clock the door opened and the warden showed me around.