Looking at Lancashire
15th December 2016
Lancashire has a breathtaking variety of landscapes – all within driving distance of Moss Wood. There are the famous mill towns and cities, from modern Preston, to historic Lancaster, to the world famous seaside resort of Blackpool. And of course, there are the beautiful landscapes as ranging as the Forest of Bowland, the coastal plains of Cockerham, the sands of Morecambe Bay, and Pendle Hill where the Pennines start.
Vegas of the North
Blackpool is arguably the entertainment capital of the North, a centre of glitz and bright lights. The famous attractions of the Illuminations, Blackpool Tower and the Pleasure Beach add to the other traditional draws like the penny arcades, the piers and the cabaret shows. And who can forget the newly rejuvenated seafront, along with the blue flag award winning beaches? For a more subdued seaside experience, there is Fleetwood further north up the coast, or Lytham St Annes south along the coast. For all their charms, they have some serious attractions of their own, such as the annual Tram Festival in Fleetwood, the Lytham Festival on the green (previously host to names like Tom Jones and Bryan Adams), or the Golf Open Championship-hosting golf courses. To see the most of the Lancashire coastline, however, you can simply follow the Lancashire Coastal Way – a footpath dedicated to taking the earnest rambler around our the Lancashire coast.
Away from the coast, Lancashire continues to offer something unique and special. The Forest of Bowland is accorded the official status of an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ – and it truly lives up to its designation. While we are lucky enough that natural beauty is not unique in the UK, the Forest of Bowland stands out, feeling very much like the wild hunting ground it used to be. Yet it seems almost to be a local secret, meaning you can spend time holding some truly outstanding vistas to yourself. Humans are not the only rare species in the area though, and the Forest of Bowland is also home to some animals you may struggle to find in other parts of the country, such as the Hen Harrier.
History Comes Alive
Away from the countryside, the towns of Lancashire are often a unique blend of a past rooted in the Industrial Revolution with the modern day. The most recent rejuvenation project is possibly that of the administrative capital, Preston. Only a city since 2012, the centre is just just finishing a revamp at the time of writing, yet you don’t need to look far beyond the modern shops of the High Street to see the clues a successful industrial past. The natural centre of Lancashire is Lancaster of course – just a short bike ride away from us here at Moss Wood. Lancaster is full of history dating back to Roman times and is as full of life today as it has always been. There are tours of the various historic buildings and Lancaster Castle is a particularly worthwhile visit.
After a day of exploring, you will no doubt need refreshing! There are countless traditional pubs around – read here about a few near us in Cockerham – where you can grab a drink and a lovely meal. The county is, of course, famous for Lancashire Hotpot, but there is much more than that to the food. A range of foods call Lancashire home, such as black pudding, Eccles and Chorley cakes, butter pie, Lancashire cheese and even fish and chips!
With so much to see and do – Lancashire is a great place to make your holiday home. Whether you want a place to get away from it all, or a base of operations for family adventures, Moss Wood is ideally located – just 5 minutes from M6 Junction 33 (Lancaster South). We have a range of static caravans for sale as well as hard-standing and fully serviced pitches for touring caravans to visit. Why not come and pay us a visit!