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10. Slaidburn and the Riverbank Tearooms

Top 10 ten places to visit in North West England – The Forest of Bowland

Slaidburn and the Riverbank Tearooms

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Slaidburn is a quiet village on the banks of the river Hodder in the Forest of Bowland. There has been a settlement at Slaidburn since at least Anglo-Saxon times, when the name, which means ‘stream by the sheep pasture’ was given to this area.
Although part of the Duchy of Lancaster, Slaidburn was, until 1974, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It was incorporated into Lancashire and now lies at the centre of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Riverbank Tearooms
Stop off at the Riverbank Tea Rooms for tea and homemade cakes. Home cooked meals are also served and there are always vegetarian options. A traditional roast dinner is served once a week and there is a real coal fire for colder days.
On sunny days you can sit outside and watch the numerous local ducks enjoying themselves on the lawn near the river. There is even a duck racing event in late summer!
Architecture in Slaidburn
Slaidburn is unusual in that much of it is still controlled by the King-Wilkinson family, which has owned most of the village since the late 19th century This has ensured that a wealth of vernacular building has survived intact and also that the village has not suffered from development around its fringes.

Most of the houses date from the 18th and 19th centuries and are built either from sandstone quarried on Waddington Fell, or from a mix of sandstone and local limestone. There are one or two surviving carved doorheads in the village dating from the 17th century, as well as mullion windows from the same period, but most buildings feature plain, square-cut lintels of a later date.
Until the middle of this century, doors and sash windows, as well as the internal joinery of the houses, were made by the Estate joiners. Unlike in many of the neighbouring villages, these traditional patterns have largely survived in Slaidburn and contribute to the harmonious appearance of the village today.

Riverbank Tearooms Address:
Riverbank Tearooms
The Green
Lancashire, BB7 3ES 
England, UK

Riverbank Tearooms Opening Times:
Summer, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, 7 days a week
Winter, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, Tuesday to Sunday

T +44 (0)1200 446398

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