By JONATHAN GRIEVE AND CHLOE WILSON 

TOURISM in the Ribble Valley is booming, latest figures show.

Recently released statistics show day visitors to the borough remained constant in 2017, while the number of visitors staying in the area overnight rose by more than nine per cent on the previous year.

And overall economic impact increased by 14.2 per cent in 2017, while tourism-related jobs jumped up by 4.9 per cent.

Scroll down for 7 of the best places to visit in the Ribble Valley

In a report to go before the council’s economic development committee, head of cultural and leisure services Mark Beveridge said: “Tourism is flourishing in Ribble Valley and the number of visitor-related businesses achieving recognition, awards and accreditation, increases each day.

“These successes are not just in dining but also attractions, accommodation and retail.

“Visitor awareness continues to grow, with some recent examples of media coverage being achieved in national newspapers and magazines.

“Public interest levels are high, and at the recent Times Destination Holiday Show in Manchester, the Ribble Valley stand was once again one of the most popular destinations at the whole event.

“Tourism businesses are refurbishing and reinvesting, and there are many exciting new developments.

“Latest statistics show the value of tourism and hospitality to the local economy is growing steadily, and what is particularly heartening is that, whilst economic income is showing rapid growth, visitor numbers remain manageable; thereby ensuring that tourism doesn’t have a negative impact on the landscape and on the local communities living here.

“Moreover, tourism is providing new opportunities and employment.”

Mr Beveridge added: “The council views tourism as a primary strand of its economic development and that has been the case for many years.

“Tourism has many different facets ranging from day trips and attendance at events, to weddings and short breaks.

“All contribute in some way substantially to the economy of the borough.

“ In order to best achieve this, the council works primarily through the private sector via a variety of partnership arrangements.

“In addition, the council itself provides the Tourism Information Centre at the Platform Gallery, the museum and the many public open spaces, including Clitheroe Castle, and Edisford river bank.

Here are some of the best places to visit in the Ribble Valley:

Where to stay...

1. The Assheton Arms ­— Assheton Arms, Downham, Clitheroe.

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen:

Located in Clitheroe, this hotel is newly refurbished adding a modern touch but also keeping its community village inn feel.

Exciting events such as the Tour of Britain cycle ride passes right through the village, it is the perfect location for visitors to base themselves to explore the Ribble Valley.

2. Wigwam Glamping Pods - Moorgate Farm, Langho

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen:

Many people have been enjoying a stay in the luxury glamping pods.

The pods are well equipped, comfy and the tables and fire pits outside make for a perfect night of star gazing.

They also have hot tubs up for offer. Scenery and a view… perfect.

READ: Review of Colborne House Cafe aka Swales in Clitheroe

What to do…

3. There are many things to do along the Ribble valley, take a hike around the area, have a picnic at Spring Wood picnic site or have a lovely stroll through Whalley village.

4. Clitheroe Castle, Castle Hill

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen: Clitheroe Castle

Clitheroe Castle is a great family day out. Learn something new in the museum and take part in lots of child-friendly activities inside such as crafts, dressing-up clothes, interactive displays and a themed competition hunt (unicorns in June, knights & princesses in July)

Even have some fun on the local park and maze.

5. Bus ride around Ribble Valley – 07879231705 - 59 Business Park Deanfield Way, Clitheroe BB7 1QU

Listen to tour guides on a tour bus around the Ribble Valley. The Explorer Tour starts in the historic market town of Clitheroe and goes round the Valley.

6. Whalley Abbey - The Sands, Whalley

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen: Whalley Abbey Gatehouse

This famous visitor attraction looks at significant structures of the buildings that remain from the era of Henry VIII’s dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536.

7. Browsholme Hall - Clitheroe Road, Cow Ark, Clitheroe 

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen: Plans have been submitted to build 10 holiday pods at Browsholme Hall, on Clitheroe Road

After 14 generations, it is claimed to be the oldest surviving family home in Lancashire.

Visitors are invited into the home to experience a guided tour and explore its architecture, interior and antique furnishings.