Lancashire is well-known for being home to a wide range of things to do. Whether you’d like to visit a tourist attraction, enjoy the local cuisine or explore the beautiful surroundings, you’re never far from a new adventure. We are extremely lucky to call Lancashire our home. One of our favourite things about the area is that for every attraction you read about, there is a hidden gem that most visitors don’t know about! Here, we’ll give you a few destinations you must visit whilst in our beautiful county.
Forest of Bowland
Also known as the Bowland Fells, this forest has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB). You might say this isn’t explicitly a ‘hidden’ gem given the area covers 312 square miles, but we couldn’t do this blog without mentioning this picturesque location.
Bowland Forest is among the best places to walk in Lancashire. The tidy lowlands and criss-crossed stone walls are steeped in history. Across the terrain you’ll find remains from medieval times, such as the Cistercian monastery at Sawley. From the vastness of the moorland hills to hidden woodland cloughs, The Forest of Bowland offers challenging and rewarding walks for all abilities. Their official website lists a range of walks with downloadable links to routes.
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Lancashire Canal is one of few coastal canals in the UK. At 41 miles in length, it is also one of the longest! Why not hire a narrowboat and view the beauty of Lancashire from an entirely new perspective? Various providers offer Narrowboat hire, where you can take boats out for the day or sleep in the comfy accommodation and make a weekend of it! Our favourite hire companies include Crabtree Narrowboat Hire, Lancashire Canal Boat Hire Holidays, and Water Babies Narrowboat Hire.
There are a number of beautiful destinations to visit from the water in Lancashire. You’ll love the Lune Aqueduct Trail, which takes you between Packet Boat House and Skerton Weir on the River Lune.
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Turton and Entwistle Reservoir Walk
If you are looking for an outdoor activity in Lancashire with young children, we think you’ll love this reservoir walk! Located in Edgeworth, this is a circular route that features even, easy terrain and a short length of 4 kilometres! You’ll set off from Entwistle Reservoir Car Park on the pushchair friendly walk. Along the way you’ll have lots of opportunities to divert away from the route and explore the ambling woodland surrounding the reservoir. The walk shouldn’t take you much more than an hour, depending on your pace. Whether you choose to stick to the path or take a detour, stunning views are guaranteed throughout your journey. After you’ve completed your walk, why not reward your hard work with a drink and bite to eat at the local Strawberry Duck!
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Wycoller Village and Country Park
Wycoller Country Park makes a lovely day out in Lancashire for the whole family. It is one of the more beautiful country parks in the county, and is famous for being the inspiration of many landmarks in books such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. Within the country park you’ll find many beauty spots, such as Bank House and Wycoller Beck. The terrain features many footpath – making it ideal for children and people who might not be as agile as others.
The Country Park is within the quaint village of Wycoller, which has an interesting history. With its economy declining in the 18th and 19th century there were plans to flood the valley in order to supply water to Colne. However, the plan as abandoned after water was found underground, which provided adequate water from a borehole. Following this, Lancashire County Council purchased the land. Cottages were renovated and the village is now a desirable place to live. In the centre of the town stands the Wycoller Hall (pictured above), which dates back to the 16th century and was the inspiration for Fernedan Manor in Jane Eyre.
People young and old will love visiting the peaceful country park and village and learning more about the unique history of the area.
Photo credit: Gerald Murphy | Flickr
Secure your peaceful country retreat in Lancashire
Lancashire really is one of the most beautiful, tranquil destinations in the UK. If you love the location as much as we do, then why not consider purchasing a holiday home here?
Hawthorns is a multi-award winning caravan park on the border of Cumbria, home of the Lake District. You’ll fall in love with the stunning views of Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland Hills from our park – and that’s just a preview of the breathtaking scenery in our area. We are extremely lucky to be situated a stone’s throw from the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Areas of Outstanding Beauty are only a walk away from Hawthorns.
Walking and cycling holidays in Lancashire
The range of walking routes in the area means that whether you would like to enjoy a challenging hike or an ambling-paced walk on flat terrain, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in Lancashire and Cumbria. Alternatively, if you’d prefer a cycling bike as your choice of transport, the vast rolling hills offer the perfect terrain for a thrilling ride. However you choose to explore the vast countryside, you’ll be guaranteed a stunning backdrop. After a busy day walking and cycling in the local area, come back to your warm and cosy caravan holiday home in Lancashire and take the weight off your feet. To reward yourself for your efforts, why not take a short stroll to our village Limeburner pub and enjoy a drink and a bite to eat.
Get in touch
We’re now taking enquiries for our current holiday homes for sale. Whether you know exactly what you’d like or you’ve just fallen in love with this part of the UK, we’d be delighted to chat with you. For more information or to arrange viewing the park, get in touch!