Longridge - the perfect place to call home
A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE SETTING
The market town of Longridge, north-east of Preston and close to other beautiful Ribble Valley communities, such as those in Ribchester, Garstang, Chipping, Goosnargh, Whalley and Grimsargh, couldn’t be a more perfect place to call home. A small and vibrant market town, surrounded by beautiful countryside, has all the amenities you could possibly need close to hand, yet is within easy reach to commuter destinations via the M65, M6, M55, M61 and A6 networks. Just outside the town is the countryside development of The Sandpipers. This exclusive development is the perfect place to bring up your family, work from home or even retire to, with everything that this lovely market town has to offer right on your doorstep!
‘Ridgers’, as the locals call themselves, appreciate the wide variety of shops, cafés, restaurants, supermarkets, pubs and other local entrepreneurial business that the town offers, as well as the churches, schools, sport facilities and community & health centres available to all, which make this close community a strong and vibrant one.
Longridge is the shopping and social centre of the local farming district and its interesting mixture of independent shops, eateries and galleries also attracts visitors from all over the region, who enjoy the local produce and hospitality.
The town is home to several great pubs, cafés and restaurants, as well as doctors’ surgeries, a dentist, optician, pharmacy and post office. On the main streets, there are plenty of local business to frequent, such as a bakery, micro-brewery, fish & chip shops, a deli, hair & beauty salons, antique shop, several boutiques, gift & homeware shops, a department store, garden centre, plus a variety of supermarkets and more... There is also a dairy close by to The Sandpipers, which offers a choice of delicious ice creams the whole family will enjoy, as well as regular farmers' markets, where you can buy locally grown produce.
There is also a small independent cinema, which is currently closed but locals are working hard to open its doors once more.
A PLACE TO ENJOY NATURE
Set in glorious countryside, Longridge is understandably a popular starting point for country walks and cycle rides and is the ideal place to call home, due to its pretty countryside location.
The market town commands a view of the whole of the Fylde Plain and is close to the Forest of Bowland and Beacon Fell Country Park, affording acres of woodland to explore. From the top of Longridge Fell, a long ridge above the River Ribble, it is possible to see the Welsh Mountains, the Isle of Man, Ingleborough and the Loud Valley.
Situated close to The Sandpipers development is the Grimsargh Wetlands, a nature reserve consisting of three reservoirs providing & conserving habitats for a range of birds, insects and other wildlife. There is a local Alpaca rescue centre for visitors to support in the area and animal lovers can take riding lessons at the local horse rehabilitation centre. The area is also a dog-walkers paradise.
A VIBRANT COMMUNITY
There are many community groups in Longridge, with great facilities including the civic hall, several churches, social clubs, a public library, parks, a vibrant sports & arts centre, a dance academy, heritage centre and art gallery. Get involved as much as you like in community social activities, or become a volunteer for one of the many good causes supported by the people of the town.
Longridge has regular farmers and craft markets, as well as an annual agricultural show, great fun for all the family and allows locals to interact with local producers and makers and support their work.
For sports fans, the town has its own local football club Longridge Town F.C., a women’s hockey team, a golf club and a sports & arts centre, where you can enjoy other activities such as yoga, table tennis, squash, cricket, badminton and even dance.
A convenient location, the surrounding areas to Longridge offer many opportunities for days out, with easy access to Preston, Blackpool, Lancaster, Clitheroe, Skipton, The Lakes and The Yorkshire Dales.
- The community has several facebook pages to follow, so join them now and you’ll never miss a thing!
Longridge and nearby Alston and Goosnargh support a large choice of educational establishments for children of all ages, including:
- St Cecilia’s RC High School
- Longridge High School
- St Wilfrid’s Primary School
- Barnacre Road Primary School
- Goosnargh C of E Primary School
- St Francis Catholic Primary School
- Aslton Lane Catholic Primary School
- Little People at The Limes Nursery
For school leavers there is a choice of higher education opportunities in the wider area including:
- Myerscough College
- UCLAN in Preston
- Cumbria University in Lancaster
Longridge parish is also the location of Alston Hall, a residential adult education college, operated by Lancashire Adult Learning, as well as Longridge Teaching Centre, which specialises in engineering. Alston Observatory has regular public days where you can learn the wonders of the universe right above you through their super-strong telescope.
HISTORY OF LONGRIDGE
The town has an interesting history which dates as far back in time as the Bronze Age. Cromwell and his army passed through the area on their way to the battle of Preston in 1648.
The market town, which has had its share of industry in the past, is home to 15 listed buildings, all of which are recorded in the National Heritage List for England. You can find out more about the history of the village by visiting the Heritage and Visitor Centre, which is situated in the centre of Longridge by the old Preston and Longridge Railway line. The former station, which served the old cotton mills & quarries, operated between 1840 to 1967. It has has been thoughtfully converted to house the Heritage and Visitor Centre, which has plenty of archives to explore, along with a café and meeting rooms for hire.
COME & VISIT US
- Why not visit Longridge for a day out and spend a few hours browsing round the shops and having a bite to eat and really get a taste of what life could be like for you and your family in this stunning location?
- Combine your day out with a visit to The Sandpipers, where you could find the home of your dreams in our intimate development, just outside the town centre.
Introducing Create Homes' ‘Prestige Collection’ at The Sandpipers. Our exciting collection of quality house designs offer exceptional levels of specification throughout – including SieMatic kitchens by Stuart Frazer, integrated NEFF appliances, security systems, fast car charging points, block paving and fully fenced & turfed rear gardens - along with beautiful countryside right on the doorstep. There are also a limited number of quality shared-ownership properties available, as well as homes reserved specifically for the over 55’s.
Enjoy a choice of quality homes at The Sandpipers, our beautiful development in the Ribble Valley.
Introducing Create Homes' ‘Prestige Collection’ at The Sandpipers. Our exciting collection of quality house designs offer exceptional levels of specification throughout – including SieMatic kitchens by Stuart Frazer, integrated NEFF appliances, security systems, fast car charging points, block paving and fully fenced & turfed rear gardens - along with beautiful countryside right on the doorstep.
There are also a limited number of quality shared-ownership properties available, as well as homes reserved specifically for the over 55’s.