EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY Sunday & Monday, 5th & 6th  May, 11 am until 5 pm.

SPRING BANK HOLIDAY – Sunday & Monday, 26th & 27th May, 11 am until 5 pm.

AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY – Sunday & Monday – 25th & 26th August, 11 am until 5 pm.

WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS in June, July & August from 11 am until 4 pm.

Our last open day for 2024 is Thursday 29th August.

Open days for the National Gardens Scheme are 6th May and 26th August.

Private Group Visits by appointment

Home made cakes and cream teas available on open days

Plants also for sale

ADMISSION £5.00 Cash only (no card facility), CHILDREN UNDER 12 FREE

‘The Ridges’, a private garden covering some 3.5 acres, is one of Lancashire’s well-known gardens to visit, having featured in the NGS (National Gardens Scheme) Yellow Book since 1995 and can also be found on the Britain’s Finest website.

So when you visit Lancashire, you mustn’t miss the gardens at The Ridges (also known as Barbara Barlow’s Cottage Garden). Situated 1½ miles from Chorley town centre on the way to Rivington, the Georgian house is set in approximately 3½ acres of sheltered gardens.

The gardens have gradually been restored and further work, plus new features, are included each year to give visitors additional interest and lots of good ideas for garden planning and planting.

Originally a cotton mill owner’s house, the once walled kitchen garden is now full of perennial herbaceous borders with perfumed rambling roses and colourful clematis running rampant over fruit trees and trellis, giving a cottage style feel to the garden.

Through a living arch is a large formal lawn fringed by natural woodland and surrounded by long borders planted with perennials. Shrubs and bright foliaged specimen trees have been cleverly positioned to shine against the original old dark copper beech, holly and rhododendrons. This shelter protects such tender plants as Windmill Palm and Davidii (Handkerchief Tree): a lovely setting for the Victorian-style glasshouse, which protects tender plants in winter and is used for entertaining during the summer.

More recently a woodland walk has been added where winding paths through restored glades and dells are planted with specimen trees, ferns and other shade-loving plants.

In a natural looking stream garden, damp loving plants such as Gunnera and Rogersii grow down towards a pool fringed with colourful Iris. An old buttressed wall has been uncovered to create a naturally planted quiet area, with scented plants and herbs to attract butterflies and bees.

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“A great find in a beautiful county.”

We spent three nights in this lovely B&B and John and Barbara could not have been more helpful. They always went the extra mile to make sure we would find somewhere for a good meal, had everything we needed in our comfortable room and even moved a bed from a different one to accommodate my very tall husband! Despite the fact that their wonderful garden was open to the public that week they still made time to give us advice on where to go and marked up a map for us to take away in case we wanted to come back and walk another time. A great find in a beautiful county.

June 2015

“You won’t go wrong staying at The Ridges”
We agree with the other reviews so no point repeating. We enjoyed our 2-night stay and particularly appreciated the welcome our dog Lizzie received – especially from the lovely Nell. Many thanks Barbara and John – we hope to see you again. PS. Also agree about The Spinners – good food and a well-kept pint.

7 May 2014

“Just as described & what a super garden!”

Lovely welcome and we were very well looked after during our 2 night stay – and our dog got on well with the lovely Nell. Recommend with confidence. Hope to visit again.

April 2014

“Simply perfect!”
Barbara and John are incredibly lovely hosts with a wonderful B&B. I had an amazing night’s sleep; very comfortable bed, very quiet location – just the ticket after a 3 & half hour drive. Cannot recommend The Ridges highly enough; I hope to stay again in the future.

21 January 2014