Making The Most Of Your Visit To LRS
Although it’s easy to get to us you’ll find it all too difficult to pull yourself away once you’ve been to visit! LRS, which lies close to the tiny village of Barnacre, sits on the edge of the beautiful Forest of Bowland: an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which was the first region in England to be awarded Europarc status.
Many of the country’s 60 racecourses are within an easy travelling distance of LRS
If you enjoy walking, there are many footpaths and lanes to follow close to Barnacre, including the popular Nicky Nook and Grizedale Valley walks that follow the river through the valley up to the reservoirs. With wildlife in abundance, walking is a pleasure, whatever the weather. For those who like a break along the way, the nearby village of Scorton with its café, coffee shop and pub offers a welcome rest and the energy for the uphill walk back.
Cultural and environmental conservation is, quite naturally, taken very seriously in our location and it shows - in the unspoiled landscapes and close-knit communities. www.forestofbowland.com
The Forest of Bowland is a landscape rich in heritage and much of this beauty is related to the wild nature of the landscape - itself a result of hundreds, if not thousands of years of human activity.
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Places of interest
12. Whalley Abbey.
14. Williamson Park.
16. Bashall Barn.
17. Bowland Brewery.
18. Cobble Hey.
Heritage On The Doorstep
Immediately north of LRS is the historic City of Lancaster, the county town of Lancashire, and the stunning Lune Valley.
Lancaster is just twenty minutes away, and is a truly historic city with the medieval Castle (where the Lancashire Witches were held before being executed) and Prison especially worth a visit, along with the Maritime Museum, Judges Lodgings, Tropical Butterfly House, stunning Williamson Park, and the nationally renowned Dukes Theatre.
This city and port still retains much of its character and provides an excellent historic gateway by road or rail to the Forest of Bowland. It was originally the site of a Roman fortress and a crossing of the River Lune and Lancaster was the home of the House of Lancaster and John O'Gaunt's statue dominates the City from over the castle gateway.
Dominated by its medieval castle and the River Lune that runs through the city, the narrow, Georgian streets surrounding the castle contain a wealth of attractions, shops and restaurants. The jewel in the crown in terms of attractions is Lancaster Castle. Guided tours are offered showing you around the fascinating courts and medieval dungeons.
Even closer to LRS is the pretty, historic small town of Garstang, home to a weekly, Thursday street market, one of Lancashire's oldest traditional street markets first established in the 14th century and still going strong.
The history of this market town goes back thousands of years with Neolithic and Bronze Age artefacts found in the area but there is no actual record until the Domesday Book, when it was designated as Cherestanc. In the centre of Garstang is the Ancient Market Cross restored in 1897. The Old Town Hall and Market House superseded one, which as demolished in 1755 and following a fire in 1939 the building was restored retaining its original characteristics. At the northend of the High St. opposite the old council offices stands the Old Grammar School, which was founded in 1602.
Garstang is also very proud to have been designated as the World's first Fairtrade Town, where products offer a better deal to third world producers.
The remains of Greenhalgh Castle sit proudly on the hillside above the town, and nearby, the Lancaster Canal runs through the town with boats available for a day or holiday hire, and the opening of the Millennium Ribble Link at Preston has enabled swift passage from the Lancaster Canal to the Leeds - Liverpool Canal for a wider variety of scenery.
A 45 minute drive will take you to Kendal and the Lake District with its host of attractions and dramatic scenery. We are also within easy reach of the cosmopolitan city of Manchester, historic Merseyside, opulent Cheshire and the stunning areas of the Peak District and wilds of the Yorkshire Dales. All are within a leisurely two-hour drive.