Born in Southport, when this seaside town was a part of Lancashire, not Merseyside, I moved far away for many years but have been living back in the Red Rose County for a long time now. My current home is Carnforth on the Cumbria border. It’s a straightforward little place with a strong railway heritage, famous as the setting for classic 1940s weepie, ‘Brief Encounter’.
Here are 21 things I really love about Lancashire
1. Sunny beaches, brash piers, crazy fairground and Victorian architecture in Blackpool.
2. The butteriness of Chorley Cakes
3. The clanking of halyards on yachts in Glasson Dock
5. Wind whispering through the sand dunes at Lytham St Annes.
6. A brass band playing in Longridge
7. The eerie moan of the Singing Ringing Tree overlooking the Pennines
8. Admiring elegant Gillow furniture in Leighton Hall
9. Discovering Japanese woodcuts in Blackburn’s Art Gallery
10. Whizzing down Parbold Hill on a bike
11. Spotting wild boar in the Forest of Bowland
13. Wandering around Rivington Pike on a summer’s day
14. Reliving times gone by with afternoon tea at Art Deco Midland Hotel
16. Watching a rugby match in Wigan
17. Wandering round Rufford Hall Ormskirk, where Shakespeare once visited
18. Looking for witches on Pendle Hill
19. Escaping to another world of maritime history on Sunderland Point
20. The quirky collection of artefacts and art in historic Townley Hall, Burnley
21. Having a photo taken next to Eric Morecambe’s statue overlooking Morecambe Bay
I also love eating a bag of chips watching the sun go down over the river in Arnside and blowing away the cobwebs on Heysham Barrows looking out to the Irish Sea and Wandering round the Butterfly House in Lancaster.
So, these are some of my favourite things about Lancashire – any to add? What do you love about where you live? Do share your thoughts and – travel quirkily…