The Ribble Valley constituency encompasses all the towns and villages of Ribble Valley Borough Council and the South Ribble Borough Council wards of Bamber Bridge, Lostock Hall, Farington and Tardy Gate.
When J.R.R Tolkien first set foot in Ribble Valley in the 1940's he uncovered a landscape of wide, rippling rivers, deep wooded conifer groves and misty green Lancashire countryside.
Ribble Valley became his inspiration for 'Middle Earth', for the places he visited and their names often found their way into the famous Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Positioned in the ageless landscape of rural Lancashire, this area of outstanding natural beauty has become well-known for its scenic country side, delicious food and famous landmarks.
As time seems to have bypassed this historic area, it holds a wonderfully rich heritage, including the stunning and award winning Clitheroe Castle, the Roman sites at Ribchester and the famous Abbeys at Whalley and Sawley.
The two historic market towns of Clitheroe and Longridge are surrounded by 44 villages, the largest being Whalley, each set in serene and unspoilt countryside. It is this timeless beauty, along with the warm hospitality, which attracts visitors to return time and time again.
Dominating the skyline of this picturesque rural landscape within the Ribble Valley, lays Pendle Hill. Known for both its stunning views, along with fascinating history. In 1652 George Fox was so inspired by the view from Pendle Hill that he founded the Quaker movement, which exists to this day.
Capturing both the beauty and the charm of the Ribble Valley, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in her biography by Sarah Bradford commented that she would consider retiring to Ribble Valley one day.