Waddington, favourite subject of picture postcards, chocolate boxes and biscuit tins, is a small and friendly community which until 1974 was in Yorkshire but was transferred to Lancashire under local government reforms.
Brungerley Bridge, between Waddington and Clitheroe, used to be the county boundary, and bears an inscription to that effect. The bridge, over the Ribble, is an ideal starting point for walks along the river in either direction following the Ribble Way, a 73-mile footpath from the river’s source at Gavel Gap near Horton in Ribblesdale to its mouth near Preston. If walking isn’t your thing, the river is also the perfect place to head for a picnic with family and friends.
The village’s three pubs are the Waddington Arms , the Higher Buck and the Lower Buck. Waddington also boasts a shop with post office, a social club, a café, a Methodist chapel and the beautiful St Helen’s Church, a popular choice for weddings. The world-renowned Inn at Whitewell is a short drive away. Waddington forms the entrance to the magnificent Trough of Bowland, a favourite destination of Her Majesty the Queen. Once described as the “Switzerland of England” it has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty since 1964 and is popular with visitors, particularly walkers and cyclists.
Clitheroe, the nearest town, has a superb range of restaurants, pubs and supermarkets, a market on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday selling local produce, and several speciality shops which attract customers from far and wide, notably the award-winning independent wine and spirit merchant D Byrne and Co. Perhaps the most famous building in Clitheroe is the Castle, suggested to be one of the smallest Norman keeps in the country; take a trip to the Castle Museum and spend the day finding out about the history and geology of the area.
There is a railway station with links to Blackburn and Manchester, plus on Sundays the acclaimed DalesRail service, which links the Ribble Valley with the Yorkshire Dales and Eden Valley. The train sets out from Blackpool and passes through Preston, Blackburn, Whalley and Clitheroe before reaching Hellifield and joining the spectacular Settle to Carlisle line – train spotter heaven.