The BrmmBrmm Motoring Guide to Lancashire
Lancashire is a historic county in the North West of England with a population of around 1.5 million. Traditionally the North of England headed to Lancashire’s resorts for holidays, and it was not uncommon for whole mill towns to decamp here. Today, while whole towns may not visit, it is still a popular destination. So whether you are looking for a seaside resort – its most famous of course being Blackpool with its spectacular illuminations, an area of outstanding natural beauty such as the Forest of Bowland, some local delicacies “Hotpot anyone? “or a trip on the East Lancashire Railway, Lancashire can offer it all.
Believed to have been founded in the 12th Century, Lancashire has had numerus boundary changes over the years, with the latest significant change as recently as 1974. Lancashire used to extend almost to the west coast of the Lake District to the town of Barrow-in-Furness (Furness means far place and referred to Barrow being in the furthest reaches of Lancashire), stopping at the Duddon River where Westmoreland began. Now Lancashire borders Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and North and West Yorkshire, it is a perfect base for exploring other counties too.
Lancashire really does have a lot to offer for those wanting to hit the road and discover a new area. There is the afore mentioned scenery from seascapes to moorland which can be explored from the road or by donning boots and following the many paths and trails taking you off the beaten track. Other places of interest are Clitheroe Castle, Brockholes Nature Reserve, Beacon Fell Country Park and the Tolkein Trail where you can walk through the inspiring Ribble Valley. You could even take a trip on a steam engine at the East Lancashire Railway.
The M6 Motorway runs from North to South through the length of the county and there are numerous other Motorways such as the M55 connecting Preston and Blackpool, and the M61 from Preston into Manchester which help to make travel around the county a breeze.
Index to Motoring Guide to Lancashire