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

  1. Glasson Dock in Lancashire - photo Zoe DawesSeeing a starling murmuration at Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve
  2. Wind whispering through the sand dunes at Lytham St Annes.
  3. A brass band playing in Longridge
  4. The eerie moan of the Singing Ringing Tree overlooking the Pennines
  5. The Singing Ringing Tree - Burnley Panopticon. Photo Zoe DawesAdmiring elegant Gillow furniture in Leighton Hall
  6. Discovering Japanese woodcuts in Blackburn’s Art Gallery
  7. Whizzing down Parbold Hill on a bike
  8. Spotting wild boar in the Forest of Bowland
  9.  in Lancashire - photo Zoe DawesExploring Lancaster Castle overlooking the River Lune
  10. Wandering around Rivington Pike on a summer’s day
  11. Reliving times gone by with afternoon tea at Art Deco Midland Hotel
  12. Art Deco Midland Hotel in Morecambe Lancashire - photo Zoe DawesTaking a canal cruise through Lancashire’s industrial heritage along the Leeds Liverpool Canal
  13. Watching a rugby match in Wigan
  14. Wandering round Rufford Hall Ormskirk, where Shakespeare once visited
  15. Looking for witches on Pendle Hill
  16. Escaping to another world of maritime history on Sunderland Point
  17. The quirky collection of artefacts and art in historic Townley Hall, Burnley
  18. Having a photo taken next to Eric Morecambe’s statue overlooking Morecambe Bay

Eric Morecambe statue Lancashire - photo Zoe DawesSo, 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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