The Best Places to Holiday in Lancashire

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Posted on: 13 February 2015 by Jessica Thorpe

Stretching from lovely seaside places such as Morecambe and Poulton-le-Fylde to the rugged landscapes of the Pennines, Lancashire is blessed with some wonderful areas which provide brilliant holiday destinations for all the family.

Stretching from lovely seaside places such as Morecambe and Poulton-le-Fylde to the rugged landscapes of the Pennines, Lancashire is blessed with some wonderful areas which provide brilliant holiday destinations for all the family. If you are thinking of a trip to Lancashire this year, here are some of the lesser-known and arguably best destinations in the county.

Lune Valley

It is no surprise that this area, lying on the edge of the Lake District, has provided inspiration to poets and painters for centuries. The Lune Valley is a perfect destination for keen walkers, bird watchers and cyclists. The market town of Kirkby Lonsdale has some nice hotels and B&Bs to choose from and provides a quaint base for your trip.  

Lytham St Annes

A near neighbour of Blackpool, Lytham St Annes offers an entirely different experience to the hen parties, loud arcades and packed-out beaches of its more famous neighbour. An amalgamation of both Lytham and St Anne-on-Sea, these seaside destinations have an altogether more relaxing atmosphere and are great for a romantic getaway or even a solo trip.

Clitheroe

A castle, a golf club and a famous sausage shop – Clitheroe has it all! Another one of the county’s historic market towns, Clitheroe is a wonderful base for those who are looking to discover the Forest of Bowland which has earned its place as one of England’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Lancaster

The region’s County Town is as rich in historical interest as it is in breath-taking scenery. Museums, a castle, ancient architecture and wonderful local food await the visitor to Lancaster. This university town has a great mixture of quaint boutiques and educational attractions with a vibrant cultural scene.

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Poulton-le-Fylde

The cobbled streets of Poulton-le-Fylde have hotels, shops and restaurants to suit everyone. The market town (yes, another one!) boasts an ancient church, a historic walking trail, and quirky shops to keep you amused for days. Try and coincide your trip with the famers markets which runs every forth Saturday of the month for a taste of the local produce.

Heysham

This seaside village, up the coast from the bigger resorts of Blackpool and Southport, enjoyed a modicum of fame when it was depicted beautifully in the paintings of JMW Turner. With its Lakeland surrounds you can see what drew the artist to the place.

West Pennine Moors

For something a bit more secluded, take a trip to the natural beauty of the West Pennine Moors where you find some of the most spectacular scenery of the county. It’s a great area for ramblers as well as fishing enthusiasts, bird watchers and UFO spotters (apparently!).

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