The Red Pump Inn, Ribble Valley, Lancashire: hotel review

July 3, 2016

Stunning scenery, stylish rooms, a friendly vibe and fab food … this refurbished Clitheroe pub makes a tasteful base to explore the original Middle-earth

Pop historians may beg to differ, but as anyone who has visited will tell you, there can only be one inspiration for Belinda Carlisle’s Heaven is a Place on Earth – Lancashire’s Ribble Valley.

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I have no evidence that the ex-Go Go has ever visited Clitheroe, but just look at that gently undulating countryside lapping against brooding Pendle Hill. Marvel at the topographical variety of the Forest of Bowland, with its apocalyptic moor tops, tangled woodlands and lush valleys. Gape enviously at such gorgeous villages as Ribchester or Downham, then try to tell me I am wrong. Perhaps the difficulty of rhyming Waddington or Sawley stopped Carlisle from making it explicit, but clearly her anthem was a celebration of this nirvana beyond junction 31 on the M6. That is the only logical explanation.

Clearly, Belinda Carlisle’s anthem was a celebration of this nirvana beyond junction 31 on the M6

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