21 things I really love about Lancashire

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’.

A porter's trolley loaded with suitcases at the top of a ramp below the station clock at Carnforth Station, a location used for the 1945 film 'Brief Encounter', Carnforth, Lancashire, England.

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

Glasson Dock in Lancashire - photo Zoe Dawes4. Seeing a starling murmuration at Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve

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

The Singing Ringing Tree - Burnley Panopticon. Photo Zoe Dawes8.  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

 in Lancashire - photo Zoe Dawes12.  Exploring Lancaster Castle overlooking the River Lune

13.  Wandering around Rivington Pike on a summer’s day

14.  Reliving times gone by with afternoon tea at Art Deco Midland Hotel

Art Deco Midland Hotel in Morecambe Lancashire - photo Zoe Dawes15.  Taking a canal cruise through Lancashire’s industrial heritage along the Leeds Liverpool Canal

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

Eric Morecambe statue Lancashire - photo Zoe Dawes

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.

Butterfly House in Williamson Park, Lancaster in Lancashire

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…


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