Local Area

Walkers find many opportunities to get out and about in Lancashire, including pleasant paths threading through the verdant Ribble valley.

The Lancaster Canal is popular both as a walking route in its own right and as a base for exploring the historic city of Lancaster. Click here for Waterscape website and several walks from Galgate

Lancashire Life walks Glasson Dock to Galgate. Click here

Lancaster Castle
Castle Hill, Lancaster. Tel. 01524 64998
                                                                                                                      
If you could only visit one castle in the UK it should be this one. Open
daily all year (ex-xmas week) 10.30am-4pm.
Guided tours at 30-minute intervals (Court sittings permitting - check by phoning 01524 64998) from 10.30am to last tour at 4pm. Some narrow, winding old stone staircases so not suitable for people with restricted mobility.Themed evening tours available for group bookings. Tours available for pre-booked school groups. Gift shop.

City Museum and The King's Own Museum
Market Square, Lancaster  Tel. 01524 64637

This splendid museum is housed in Lancaster's former Town Hall, built in 1781-3 to the designs of Major Thomas Jarrett and Thomas Harrison. The Museum itself was founded in 1923 and its newly redisplayed collections illustrate the rich history and archaeology of the city of Lancaster, the most northerly and rural part of Lancashire. The Museum is home to The King's Own Regiment museum which offers a fascinating insight into army life.

The Grand Theatre St Leonardsgate, Lancaster.Tel: 01524 64695

Box Office open 10am-3pm. Extended opening until 6.30pm WednesdayThe Grand can accept credit card orders by phone. Tickets are usually on sale two months prior to an event. One of the country's oldest working theatres, the show has gone on for more than 200 years.Tours of the exuberant Edwardian interior can be arranged by appointment via the box office. Running for 45-60 mins, they may include a glimpse of actress Mrs Sarah Siddons, the Ghost-in-Residence.

Maritime Museum Custom House, St George's Quay, Lancaster Tel. 01524 64637

This museum occupies two historic buildings on St. George's Quay, the main 18th century harbour. It was opened in 1985 and has won many awards. The former Custom House of 1764, designed by Richard Gillow, contains interactive displays on the history of the Port of Lancaster and the local fishing industry, including an excellent push-button audio/video show of Bay maritime history, with a gallery for exhibitions. In the adjacent warehouse are displays on the Lancaster Canal and the ecology of Morecambe Bay.

Lancaster Millenium Bridge and River Lune Millennium Park 
St George's Quay

Walk or cycle along this newly constructed scenic route.

Lancaster Priory Church St Mary's Gate, Lancaster, next to the castle tel. 01524 65338

The Priory and Parish Church of St Mary was founded in 1094 by Roger de Poitou on the site of the earlier Saxon church. Exquisitely carved mediaeval choirstalls and the King's Own Memorial Chapel.

Lancaster Town Hall Dalton Square, Lancaster. tel: (01524) 582000
Morecambe Prom

It's a lovely wide promenade walk - flat with good access, loos etc. A
fantastic view across the immense sweep of the bay to Lake District and that BIG SKY feeling with the odd seagull doing the ambience. There's a cute little train that can take you from the Eric Morecambe statue up the Prom to the cafe at the end of the Stone Jetty and back if you're not a big walker. On the land side there's loads of shops - gifts, clothes outlets, cafes, pubs etc. There's the best market between Carlisle and Preston (maybe better than them) with a big open-air add-on on Sundays.

Cross-Bay Walks Tourist Info Office lists scheduled walks tel. 01524 582808

Walks across the bay from Hest Bank to Grange-Over-Sands. You need a guide to avoid quicksand, riptide etc. The Maritime Museum has an excellent display about the cross bay route through history.

Happy Mount Park Morecambe tel. 01524 582808 Info tel: 01524 582845

Adventure playground, trampolines, swingboats, bowling green, miniature golf, putting, roundabout, picnic area, great paddling pool, miniature railway, cafe, sports field, gardens and the best bands from the North West take turns to play on Sundays.

Stone Jetty Morecambe

(1853 AD) Lovely sculptures and bird games / riddles carved into the walkway plus (handy for the not-so-mobile?) a mini train that runs up & down the Prom from the Eric Morecambe Memorial (he said that without moving his lips!) to the cafe at the end of the jetty and back.

Carnforth Railway Station Tel: 01524 733165/735894
Open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day 10.00am - 4.00pm

This local railway station has been refurbished and is proving a major tourist attraction because of its links to the classic film Brief Encounter.Carnforth Railway Station was opened in 1846 by the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway Company as a roadside "second class" station, and was originally just a single platform. It is now thought that the original Lancaster and Carlisle station building, is the building that in later years became the Carnforth station refreshment room made famous in Brief Encounter.The Visitor Centre is housed in the beautifully-restored historic buildings, and offers the visitor a wealth of attractions, facilities and a fascinating range of exhibitions. The “Brief Encounter” exhibition is dedicated to the classic film, the actors and the film’s famous connection with Carnforth Station.

Docker Park Farm Visitor Centre Arkholme, nr Carnforth.
Tel: 015242 21331 Open from 10.30am - 5pm.
(M6 J35, then B6254 to Kirkby Lonsdale then follow brown signs).

Indoor adventure play area, llamas, rabbit world, tearoom, shop. Bottle feed the lambs in spring. Check out the chicks at Easter. Weekends and holidays there are tractor and pony rides. Book a one hour tour and learn about the farming year, feed the animals, stroke lots of animals, enjoy a nature walk around Swan Lake and meet Farmer Ford on the Free tractor ride. 90% disabled access.

Forest of Bowland

Area of Outstanding natural beauty

Hest Bank Beach Just north of Morecambe.
 
You can get to the beach via the railway level crossing where there's a free car park. You can walk a long way along the beach path and it's lovely.

Ingleborough Cave and Nature Trail Clapham,

wheelchair access

Ingleton Waterfalls Walk

For the strong and well-shod.

Canalside Craft Centre

 
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