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Rawtenstall is a town of industrial origin located at the centre of the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire. It is the seat for the borough of Rossendale, in which it is located.
Explore beyond the boundaries of historic Lancashire towns from Chorley to Bolton, Ramsbottom to Darwen and you’ll find a hidden gem, the West Pennine Moors. This 90-square-mile area of wild, unspoilt countryside is a rural haven and a perfect contrast to the nearby towns. The best way to discover...
The City of Lancaster has a rich heritage, with Roman, Norman, Georgean and Victorian features. There are walks and cyclepaths, historic buildings to visit and a magnificent Castle to tour. Pubs and restaurants all over town, with a busy nightlife.
At 557 metres, Pendle Hill dominates the surrounding Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, providing spectacular views that stretch all the way to the coast on a clear day. This inspirational mound has a long and dramatic history, which dates all the way back to the Bronze Age –...
An attractive village, with interesting shops and galleries, where old cottages rub shoulders with Tudor and Georgian buildings along the main street. Whalley is famous for its church and Abbey.
Traditional seaside town, with five miles of flat promenade ideal for walking or cycling. Visit the statue of Eric Morecambe, Don't miss the Art Deco Midland Hotel, refurbished to a high order, or stroll along the nearby Stone Jetty.
The historic market town of Clitheroe lies at the heart of Ribble Valley. It retains much of its old character and customs and is famed for its specialist shops, many of which have been run by the same family for generations.
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The Lune valley stretches from the Lancaster Estuary up to Newbiggin on Lune, near Tebay. There are several good walks cycling and driving routes. Maps from Lancaster Visitor Information
Set on the banks of the River Wyre with the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Garstang is steeped in history with beautiful architecture, abundant wildlife and array of activities.
Burnley is a large market town in the north-east of Lancashire. The town nestles in a natural three forked valley surrounded by pleasant countryside which evolves into wild moorland at higher altitudes.
Welcome to Lancashire, a county of contrasting landscapes, diverse heritage and plentiful food and drink, covering 3,075 Km2 of England’s North West.
From the unique and wildlife rich Morecambe Bay in the north to the flat and fertile coastal plains around Ormskirk and the Ribble Estuary; and from the world famous seaside town of Blackpool with its iconic Tower in the west to the undulating fells and moorland of the Forest of Bowland and Pennines in the east, visitors to Lancashire are truly spoilt!
Our Explore section will introduce you to the different areas of Lancashire including; the historic
city of Lancaster, home to the Queen’s only castle in the north and the UK’s biggest walkabout theatre; The food fantastical Ribble Valley; the modern city of Preston with its historical origins; and the rich countryside and cultural activities around the Pennine towns of Burnley, Blackburn and Colne.
Lancaster is a vibrant university city with a wealth of history, beginning life as a Roman Fort in 80AD. Now its cobbled streets are filled with lively shops, bars and restaurants.
Situated on the edge of the famed Morecambe Bay, Morecambe is once again becoming one of the nation’s best loved seaside resorts.
The lively university city of Preston is a modern metropolis with vibrant nightlife, excellent shopping and a wide choice of museums.
The ancient market town of Clitheroe is a perfect place to stay for visitors wishing to explore Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland, one of England’s 36 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
At 557 metres, Pendle Hill dominates the surrounding Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, providing spectacular views that stretch all the way to the coast on a clear day.
Blackpool is Britain’s most popular seaside holiday destination, which comes as no surprise when you think about this resort’s huge range of year-round attractions.
Dramatic sweeps of open moorland, gentle and tidy lowlands, criss-crossed with dry stone walls and dotted with picturesque farms and villages, all waiting to be explored!
Just six miles from the bright lights of Blackpool, Lytham is worlds apart in both character and atmosphere. A traditional coastal village which is truly one of the North West's gems.
These historic villages sit snugly on the coastline of Morecambe Bay in a spot that’s been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty thanks to its rich diversity of habitats.
The market town of Ormskirk is located in West Lancashire, England. Famous for its tasty gingerbread this wonderful town has a wide selection of shops, bars and restaurants.
The charming village of Carnforth sits on the border between Lancashire and Cumbria. It’s surrounded by picturesque AONB countryside and is close to the sweeping sands of Morecambe Bay.
The Victorian town of Fleetwood, in Wyre, is nestled at the meeting point of the majestic River Wyre and the Irish Sea and with its long stretch of sandy beach, it’s a popular seaside destination for families.
Located at the foot of the West Pennine Moors, the market town of Chorley has a wealth of history dating back to the Bronze Age, 3,500 years ago!
Morecambe Bay is a place with unique wildlife and habitats and a great place for outdoor adventures. The Bay is one of the best places in the UK for a range of high adrenalin outdoor activities.
St Annes-on-Sea is a traditional seaside resort, adjacent to Lytham, which boasts a beautifully restored Victorian Pier, boating lake and rolling sand dunes.
This former mill town has been producing textiles since the 13th century although these days it’s better known for its football club, Blackburn Rovers!
The charming seaside village of Heysham, in the Lancaster district, on the edge of Morecambe Bay is just a few miles from both Lancaster and Morecambe.
Perched on the banks of the River Calder, Whalley in the Ribble Valley is a charming village, filled with historic buildings, characterful shops and lovely cafes and restaurants.
The pretty market town of Garstang, Wyre, nestles at the foothills of scenic Bowland Fells, and as a regular winner of Britain in Bloom awards, its streets are lined with colourful flower displays.
The historic market town of Poulton-le-Fylde is a charming place with a historic church, independent shops and ancient sights.
Darwen, in the Blackburn with Darwen district, is a friendly market town bordering the windswept West Pennine Moors where you can soak in the magnificent views.
The cheery seaside towns of Thornton and Cleveleys share an interesting and varied history.
Back in the Bronze Age, Colne in Pendle was an important settlement on the Trans-Pennine Ridgeway, a major trade route, although the oldest building in the current town merely dates back to the 12th century!
Ribble Valley is the largest district in Lancashire in terms of area, the majority of which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Lune River meandering gently through the lush pastures and ancient stone villages of picturesque Lune Valley, in the district of Lancaster, creates a heady scene of bucolic tranquillity reminiscent of days gone by.
Twice visited by the Queen, the picturesque tiny village of Dunsop Bridge, Ribble Valley, is the exact geographic centre of Great Britain which lies in the heart of the Forest of Bowland.
The characterful charming village of Barrowford sits on the confluence of two rivers, Pendle Water and Colne Water, where trout can often be seen leaping through the clear waters.
Walk around Towneley Hall with characters from the past, enjoy theatre performance at The Mechanics or visit exhibitions of sculptures and paintings at Gawthorpe Hall.
The modern, vibrant town of Skelmersdale sprang up in 1961 as the North West's first new town, although the area's roots can be traced back to Viking times.
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