Things To Do In The Local Area
Often known as John O' Gaunt's Castle, Lancaster Castle is one of the most historically interesting buildings in Lancashire. You can explore the Judges' Lodgings and experience where the Judges lived with their staff throughout the trials and executions. You can also read the fascinating stories about the people who were tried, convicted, acquitted or executed at Lancaster. Alternatively you can explore over 600 shields of all the Sovereigns of England and of all the Constables of Lancaster Castle and High Sheriffs of Lancashire known to have borne arms while many hundreds of people were sentenced to transportation in the Courts at Lancaster Castle. Could you be descended from one of these people?
The Forest of Bowland, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a beautiful stretch of rugged, unspoilt countryside covering 312 square miles of rural Lancashire and adjacent Yorkshire. Its series of gritstone fells bisecting remarkable sweeps of heather-covered moorland are perfect for gentle walks, tree-lined mountain biking, fishing and scenic picnics. From Hurst Green in the south to Wennington in the North, the Forest of Bowland is dotted with charming stone villages, some of which date as far back as pre-historic times. Notable villages within the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire include Downham, which has barely been touched since the 16th century. You might recognise it from the blockbuster Whistle Down the Wind, or more recently from the BBC drama Born and Bred. Another village that has remained delightfully traditional is Slaidburn on the banks of the River Hodder. Pop into its Heritage Centre to see the ornate 10th century Angel Stone carving and then visit the 15th century Church of St Andrew.
Highly commended as the ‘Best Small Visitor Attraction 2008` Williamson's Park features 54 acres of parkland, walks & play areas and breath-taking views to the Fylde Coast and the Lake District.The tropical butterfly house, Mini-beasts, bird enclosure and small mammal section will fascinate all the family and add a touch of the exotic to a visit to Lancaster's leading tourist attraction and enjoy the pleasant surroundings of the Pavilion Café. The Park is also the venue for many exciting events and festivals throughout the year including concerts, art exhibitions, guided walks and the ever popular Dukes Theatre outdoor performance. Williamson Park has also featured on tv series 'Most Haunted'. Please click the picture for more information.
Morecambe Bay is a place with unique wildlife and habitats and a great place for outdoor adventures. The Bay is one of the best places in the UK for a range of high adrenalin outdoor activities from sailing, to powered paragliding, parachuting, windsurfing, mountain biking, horseriding, and kitesurfing. Morecambe Bay stretches from Haverigg in the north to Fleetwood in the south, taking in towns like Morecambe and Lancaster. The headlands and promenades of Morecambe Bay offer spectacular, seascape views; the hardy and adventurous can take a guided walk across the sands; and each and everyone can look up across the tidal sand and mud flats towards the Lake District and the Bowland Fells. Morecambe Bay has some of the most beautiful walks in Britain. Whatever your fitness levels the Bay offers places that are easily accessed that offer never to be forgotten views. A number of long distance walking and cycling routes start in the Bay area, including the Way of the Roses (long distance cycle route from Morecambe Bay to Bridlington Bay), Lune Valley Ramble and Wyre Way. If you are looking for something more gentle, then try walking or cycling on Morecambe Promenade. The Bay also offers opportunities for a range of amazing wildlife experiences, like watching the oystercatchers and other waders march up the shore at Hest Bank, Bolton-le-Sands, in front of the advancing tides, or even have a look for seals lazing around the south tip of Walney.
Whilst your in Morecambe why not have you photo taken with Eric Morecambe
If you are unfimiliar with the area of south lakeland the excellent south lakeland website will explain why this area is such a popular destination.
Lancaster Tourist Information produce some good brochures about Carnforth and the surrounding area. They can be sent out for free from there website.
You will find information about the Arnside and Silverdale area of outstanding natural beauty where Carnforth is located at www.visitbritain.co.uk.