There are few places more magical to explore than Lancashire & the Lake District.
Lancashire is famous for being the birthplace of the industrial revolution and some impressive forensic breakthroughs. It is also home to rolling countryside and breathtaking landscapes.
The Lake District is renowned for its dramatic scenery, literary heritage and spectacular trails. Boasting glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fells and quintessential market towns – it has a knack for stealing hearts.
There are so many idyllic spots to choose from so we’ve narrowed it down to our top 5. We’ve also shown you where you can stay when you discover Lancashire.
Located on castle hill and used as a line of defence since Roman times, Lancaster castle has changed hands multiple times. Previous owners include Henry II and Richard the Lionheart among others.
Lancashire is known as the most haunted county in England which is well represented by the eerie castle and its illustrious history. The court has been revered for sentencing more people to death than any other throughout the UK including 10 witches when King James I was in power.
Morecambe bay welcomes 5 rivers which provide a safe haven for birds and coastal marine animals. When the tide is low you can venture onto the sand flats and cross the small islands.
The sunsets are incomparable here with the pink hues dancing along the estuary and reflecting back prisms of colour. A remarkably pretty place.
Wild countryside waiting for you to venture out into it, the west pennine moors are almost unbelievable. Covering 90 miles of Lancashire land, these moors are home to countless walks, landmarks and quaint farming villages.
Predominantly near Chorley and Darwen, the distinct moors are characterised by low hills, peat bogs and complex ecosystems.
A more challenging climb for experienced ramblers, pendle hill is a steep hike that rewards with views over the countryside. Approximately 300,000 people climb it annually and remark of its astounding beauty.
There are a number of towns around the hill. A particularly interesting one is Downham which is right at the base. This village is managed in a traditional way by the current Lord Clitheroe, who oversees all the goings on within it.
With historic ties with the Brontë sisters, Wycoller country park is one of the more beautiful places in Lancashire. Wycoller hall is surrounded by 300 acres of parkland to explore.
Ghostly happenings often occur here as two of the Cunliffe men are said to have murdered their wives. The ghost of Simon Cunliffe who gallops up the stairs on his steed and his wife both regularly visit the hall. A third ghost ‘Black Bess’ was tossed overboard by a third Cunliffe man in an effort to dodge his nuptials; she can also be witnessed perusing the hallways.
Boasting 65 bedrooms of all sizes and nearby some of the town’s most exciting entertainment and attractions, this is a great place to enjoy your holidays after exploring the local region.
Get the best of both worlds, coast and country!
Beatrix Potter’s favourite place and the birthplace of Peter Rabbit, the Lake District has gifted us with so much. It is a gift that keeps on giving thanks to the beautiful scenery, lakes and exciting hikes available!
Here are our 5 absolute favourite spots;
This beast of a lake is ten and a half miles long and over 200 ft deep. Windermere is England’s largest lake and offers some of the most encompassing views of the Lake District.
A boat trip is the perfect way to see the area from a fresh perspective although you can also kayak, paddleboard and more should you prefer to get a little active. Near the jetty there is a museum of Victorian and Edwardian steam launches and historic boats to take you on a journey into the lake’s history.
William Wordswoth wandered here and it inspired some of his most well known poetry particularly “lonely as a cloud”. A short 30 minute walk from the carpark through woodland to experience this thundering waterfall.
Aira Forces Fall is 70 ft and can also be reached via the alternative Gowbarrow Fell trail should you fancy a bit more of a challenge!
If you are a rambling loving, hike seeking individual then Great Langdale is the place for you. Surrounded by famous peaks such as Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and Langdale Pikes, this valley offers some of the best hiking trails around.
Pavey Ark is a cliff-face that rises up to 2297 ft but can be climbed with ease if you approach it from behind. If you are seeking a thrill then you can take the more demanding route up the Jack’s Rake cleft.
Whichever way you choose to go, the rewards at the top are unforgettable.
Rescued in 1996 and in full operation, Honister is where you will find England’s last working slate mine. Take a mine tour to experience the narrow tunnels and cavernous pits.
Slate has been quarried here since Elizabethan times and you can now get a taste of history coupled with canyoning activities in the surrounding mountains. The main attraction is the Via Ferrata which is a climbing experience that uses a system established in the Italian Dolomites using a permanently fixed cableway and clip on harness.
There is a jump across a 2000 ft chasm to get your blood pumping!
Derwentwater is one of the most magnificent lakes in the district because of its floating forests. These islands give the lake a certain mystery and the most alluring one of them all is St Herbert’s Island.
Situated right in the middle of the lake, St Herbert’s island is the largest island with an area of 5 acres. Named after a 7th century hermit who brought christianity for the island and the inspiration for Beatrix Potter’s owl island.
Explore & Stay in the Lake District with Coast & Country Hotel Collection.
Stay in the heart of the area at the 1847 Windermere Hotel where you can choose from 75 bedrooms. Perfectly located for exploring, walking, boating and discovering the local area. There is also a great restaurant on site to make your stay that much more relaxing after a day out and about.
Alternatively, stay in Keswick at the Derwentwater Hotel surrounded by 16 acres of grounds and gardens. There are also 19 self catering apartments adjoining the hotel should you wish to have access to a kitchen. The hotel itself has 47 bedrooms and a restaurant on site.
When you Explore & Stay with us, we can help you plan out the best itinerary for you to enjoy the most beautiful spots across Lancashire and the Lake District.
You will also get 10% off when booking direct, booking flexibility, full English breakfast every morning, on site parking and late check out.
Get in touch with us now on 0330 094 5920 to plan your next adventure!