Staying local has never been as important as it is now to help the local economy, but on a trip out, how many of us look at what’s on our doorstep? Writes Tracy Hargreaves
While the weather has been fantastic this year, many have flocked to beaches down south to enjoy the sunshine, but with the nights drawing in, why not stay in Lancashire and look at what’s around you and make the most of it by enjoying a night in one of the many local hostelries.
Lancashire has some beautiful scenery, amazing history, fantastic food, stunning sunsets by the coast and a great choice of retail outlets, so what’s not to like?
Head to the Ribble Valley for walks in the countryside then enjoy a few drinks and hearty food by a log fire in one of the many pubs that offer rooms. The Trough of Bowland, Tolkein Trail, Pendle Hill and Longridge Fell are all places worth exploring. Check out visitribblevalley.co.uk/ribble-valley-accommodation for a range of accommodation to suit everyone.
If you’re looking for a coastal break then Lytham and St Annes should definitely be on your list. Walk or cycle along the front at Lytham or on the beach at St Annes. Both towns have a great choice of hotels, some with gyms, swimming pools and spas, or there are apartments to choose from, if you are looking for the self-catering option.
For a bit of retail therapy head to Preston, once you’ve exhausted the shops, you can visit the Harris Museum, or wander through Winckley Square, then enjoy a spot of lunch at one of the many independent diverse places to eat in the city, from French and Tapas to Chinese and Caribbean.
Garstang is an ancient market town steeped in history with an array of quirky independent shops. Walk along the canal or head up to Beacon Fell Country Park or pop into Dewlay’s Cheese factory to see how cheese is made. There are many places to stay nearby, whether it’s a holiday park, five-star property, rural retreat or canalside lodge.
So, stay local when you next take some time out and get the full experience. You will be pleasantly surprised at what Lancashire has to offer.