The Forest of Bowland

The Forest of BowlandOpens in a new window is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

It is an area of national and international significance because of its unspoiled and richly diverse landscapes and wildlife. It encompasses much of Grindleton within its southern border.

The River Ribble and Pendle Hill lie just to the south of Grindleton. Grindleton Fell and the forest are above the village.

Borough & County Councils

Bowland Archer

Grindleton was in the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974, when it transferred to the administrative county of Lancashire. The Bowland Archer was a feature atop the old Bowland Rural District Council signposts.

Bowland archer

It is a fanciful Victorian idea that Bowland was named after bow-men. “Bolland” as it used to be known, comes either from Old Norse meaning “cattle land”, or from Old English interpreted as “bow or bend in a river” - perhaps the Hodder valley or the Ribble south of Bolton-by-Bowland.

Quick Links

Grindleton Heritage Trail

The Heritage Trail is a walk around the village exploring its historical features. The Heritage Trail leafletOpens in a new window provides information, and incorporates a map.

Heritage Trail logo


Youth Services

Youth Services are on the Links page.

New Events & Activities

Please email the Parish Clerk and the web-designer Graham Cooper if you have events or activities that you wish to promote.

From the air

An aerial view of Grindleton (130 kB) is available. Note that the link will open a popup windowOpens in a new window.

Dog Fouling

Dog fouling in the village has been raised with Councillors. Residents are urged to clean up after their dog. The dog bin at the Recreation Ground is well used and the Council would like to commend the dog owners who use this facility.

If residents have concerns about dog fouling, they are urged to contact the RVBC Dog Warden Services on 01200 414464. This noticeOpens in a new window provides more details.


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Main Content

Please note that the Grindleton Pavilion now has its own website. Please use the new site for all Pavilion information and enquiries:

Grindleton Pavilion


Grindleton lies in the valley of the River Ribble, between Pendle Hill and the rising fells of the Forest of Bowland. It is a historical village, identified in the Domesday Book in 1086 as Gretlintone.

The Parish Council

Welcome to the Grindleton village website. The site has been developed by the Parish Council. Our aim is to offer residents and visitors a focus for events and activities taking place in the village and its environs, to enable access to Parish Council documents and to advise residents of local issues. Information is also available from organisations such as the police and local charities.

Photograph of the Cherry Trees, Grindleton village centre
Grindleton from the top of the village

We also seek to promote the village to visitors and to support local businesses.

The website highlights to residents and visitors alike, the opportunities for recreation and exercise in our beautiful surroundings.

The fells and valleys of the Forest of Bowland AONB, Pendle Hill and the Ribble Valley are internationally recognised as outstanding landscapes.



Christmas at St Ambrose Church The village Carol Service will take place at St Ambrose Church on Thursday December 20th at 6-00p.m. Lessons will be read by representatives of the village organisations, traditional carols will be sung and the band "Flood" will play a Christmas medley. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served after the service. On Christmas Eve there wil be a Christingle and Crib Building Service at 6-00 p.m. and at 11-30 p.m. Midnight Mass will take place. On Christmas Day there will be a service of Holy Communion at 9-30 a.m. Everyone is most welcome to join these services to celebrate the Christmas Festival.

The next meeting of the Parish Council is tba.

Allotment vacancy Grindleton residents are invited to make a written application for a vacant allotment at Lower Chapel Lane, Grindleton. Please apply to the clerk: Mr EB Holden, Woodcroft, Grindleton, BB7 4QL.


The schedule of regular classes and other events is available on the Pavilion web-page.

The Grindleton WI meetings are held monthly. Download this month's meeting report; contact details are here.


On this website

Photograph of Grindleton Fell
On Grindleton Fell in winter - some of the
310,000 sheep in Bowland

Some of the features available are:

An abridged history

Grindleton is one of a series of villages on a terrace above the River Ribble. Our neighbours are Sawley, West Bradford and Waddington. Clitheroe is about three miles away, and Chatburn is situated across the river close to the foot of Pendle Hill.

The historical character of the village is farming, and cottage-based hand-loom weaving. Grindleton is a planned Saxon village. The Main Street is linear, climbing up towards the fell, parallel to Grindleton Brook.

The village is famed for a 17th century non-conformist religious sect - the Grindletonians. Jam making was a local industry and damson trees still grow in a number of gardens.

Photograph of St Ambrose Church, Grindleton
Parish Church of St. Ambrose, Grindleton

Grindleton's mills are now gone. Gandhi visited the area in 1931 as part of his visit to the Lancashire cotton industry. He came at the invitation of the Secretary of State for India to see for himself the impact of the Indian National Congress' policy on the boycotting of English cotton goods.

The remains of Sawley AbbeyOpens in a new window are a short distance away.

The Parish Church of St. Ambrose dates from 1805, and its chancel, north aisle and porch from the 1895. The church is named after St. Ambrose of Milan, the patron saint of beekeepers. [More...]