Top 10 Places to Visit in Lancashire

Old stone bridge. Countryside path.
Rivington Pike. Rolling hills. Summer. Lancashire.
Rivington Pike popular with hill walkers and mountain bikers.

For those in the know, a visit to the stunning county of Lancashire is high on their list.


Often overlooked in favour of its southern neighbour, the Lake District, Lancashire is a county well worth a visit.  Discovering its wild moors, rolling hills, quaint villages, and stunning history is something many people love to do.



So, next time you feel like a break away, why not discover this hidden gem?


Here are our top 10 places you really should explore next time you book a holiday there:


One: The West Pennine Way

For those who love to hike, the wild moors are a wonderful place to explore.


Celebrated for its 90 square miles of stunning countryside, dotted with charming villages, you’ll have everything you need for relaxing days of wandering and exploring.




Gate on the West Pennine.

Two: The Forest of Bowland

Perfect for slowing down. Take time to explore this bewitching Designated Area of Natural Beauty.


In one of the many delightful little villages, Garstang, there’s a weekly market that’s been held for over 700 years.


Three: Rivington village

With magnificent views of the Pennines from the top of Winter Hill, this lovely little village really is a hidden gem in the heart of the Pennines.

Tower at Rivington. Rocks in foreground.

Four: Wycoller Country Park

A settlement since Saxon times, there are plenty of restful walks in the rolling landscape surrounding Wycoller Hall.

The hall is a just over the moors from Haworth, where the Bronte sisters lived.

And the famous author, Charlotte Bronte, who often visited the area, turned Wycoller Hall into Fernden Manor at the end of her novel ‘Jane Eyre’.

Ghosts are stacking up. Two men who supposedly murdered their wives are said to haunt the ruined halls.

Old stone bridge. Countryside path.

Five: Lancaster Castle

Once owned by Richard the Lionheart, who was once famously described as ‘the devil’ by his own brother, King Philip of France!

Legend has it, this castle is haunted by those condemned to death in the merciless castle court.


At least ten people lost their lives accused of ‘witchcraft’.

Entrance to old castle. Driveway.

Six: Ribble Valley

Cradled in the gorgeous Forest of Bowland, this is an Area of Outstanding Beauty.

It’s also reputed to be the happiest place to live in Britain!


Seven: Sunset over Blackpool Pier

What more can we say?

This iconic city is also well-known for its stunning sunsets. If you walk to the end of the pier at the end of the day, and enjoy…

pier at sunset, sea, waves

Eight: Williamson Park

With breath-taking views across Morecombe Bay and plenty of walks, a café, play area and sculptures. This is a great place for a family day out.

And if you search heard enough, you might even find the fragments of an old observatory hidden in the undergrowth among the trees…

Don’t forget to visit the butterfly house. With a rainforest habitat, you can marvel at the fluttering, bejewlled inhabitants.


Nine: Morecombe Bay

Here, where five rivers meet the sea, there’s an atmosphere of serenity.

If you love watching water birds darting over the sea and landing to hunt on a the sands of estuary that seems to go on forever… you’ll love Morecombe Bay.

It’s a good idea to take a guided walking tour, because you do need to be cautious in this wild and wonderful landscape.


Ten: Beacon Fell


Glorious, sprawling woodland and moors with wonderful views overlooking Bowland Forest and Morecombe Bay.

Blue lake. Trees surrounding lake, blue sky,

If you love a picnic, this is somewhere special!

In fact, as you can see, Lancashire is a very special place to visit.

So, go on, take some time out to discover this stunning county. Just make sure you keep quiet about it. After all, we don’t everyone to know about it – do we?

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