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Things to do: Camping in Lancashire
Offering coastal delights, family-friendly attractions and plenty of rural lands to explore, Lancashire has something that everyone will enjoy doing.
Discover Lancashire’s History and Heritage
1. Pendle Hill is surrounded by pretty towns and villages, has a mysterious history and is perfect for spending time outdoors. There are many long, and short distance walks, including the scenic 43-mile long Pendle Way. The Pendle Witch Trials are amongst the most famous witch trials in England. The Pendle Witches lived in the early 1600s, you’ll find that there are several walking trails here named after them. The Pendle Sculpture Trail is a good one for kids with plenty of sculptures to look out for.
2. Step back into the days of the Tudors at Rufford Old Hall, just under an hour’s drive away from Clitheroe Club Site. The magnificent building houses collections of armour, furniture, tapestries and much more. There’s plenty of space for little ones to explore outside and the Great Hall is ideal for dressing up in armour and getting a feel of what life was like at the hall.
3. Clitheroe Castle and Museum is just a short walk from Clitheroe Club Site. The castle sits high on Castle Hill, providing great views of the surrounding area. The small remains of the castle include the Keep and part of the surrounding curtain wall. The museum helps to explain the castle and its history. There are lots of artefacts to see that have been found during exploration of the ruins. The castle is open to the public at no charge however the museum has a small entry fee.
4. The Bronte Parsonage was the home to all three Bronte sisters and was the location they wrote there much-loved books. Today you can tour the home and neighbouring church which is also the site of their graves. See some of their personal effects and view their early works which influenced their novels. This is a real treat for literature fans.
5. Whalley Abbey, a former Cistercian abbey, is just a 13-minute drive away from Clitheroe Club Site. The gift shop sells tickets to the grounds and woodland walk, and the Cloisters Coffee Shop serves light meals and refreshments.
6. Greenhalgh Castle, perched on a hill between the River Wyre and River Ribble, is just a 40 minute drive from Clitheroe Club Site. Built in 1490, all that remains of the castle now are traces of the moat and the lower portion of one tower. It’s not safe to visit the ruins but there are a few walks that take you past, providing good views of what remains.
Visit the city of Lancaster
There’s plenty to do in Lancaster, from visiting its castle to enjoying the banks of the river. It’s just under an hours’ drive away from Lancaster from Clitheroe Club Site, making it just close enough for a day trip.
- Lancaster Castle has over 1,000 years of history to explore. Guided tours are available throughout the day, teaching about the past of the Castle.
- The 53 mile long River Lune flows through Lancaster, leading into the Lune Valley. The scenic landscape offers many opportunities for walkers and cyclists.
- Learn about Lancaster’s past at Lancashire City Museum. The Georgian building was previously the town hall.
- Formerly home to Thomas Covell, keeper of Lancaster Castle and notorious witch hunter, the Judges Lodgings has a Victorian schoolroom, period rooms to view and is home to the Museum of Childhood.
Have a go on the big dipper in Blackpool
You’ll be a 50-minute drive away from the town of Blackpool when you camp on Clitheroe campsite. This puts you close enough to visit the major attractions the town has to offer.
1. One of the most impressive theme parks in the UK, Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach is the location of iconic rides for the whole family. The Big Dipper, The Big One, Steeplechase and the Grand National are just a few of the rides that have become favourites among visitors. Nickelodeon Land is a big pull for those with small children and the regular shows are well worth keeping an eye on.
2. Blackpool Zoo offers something for the whole family, from its talks, feeding and displays to hands-on animal experiences. The zoo focuses on conservation and education about the animals in their care. Some of the species you’ll see when you visit include tigers, gorillas, lions, flamingos, penguins and elephants. There are plenty of cafes and kiosks around the zoo to take a break and the shops are great for finding a memento from your visit.
3. SEA LIFE Blackpool offers aquarium zones, events and plenty of fun for the whole family. Rays, reptiles and rock pools are just a few of the things you’ll get to see during your visit.
4. You’ll probably have heard of Blackpool Tower Ballroom but did you know that the tower has so much more to explore? Arguably the best views in the North West are to be had from the SkyWalk at the top of Blackpool Tower. If you dare, you can step onto a 5cm thick glass viewing platform to see the ground below. The 4D cinema helps to bring the story of the tower to life. At the bottom of the tower, you’ll find the entrance to The Blackpool Dungeon which brings stages, actors and rides together to form a truly thrilling experience.
Get outdoors and explore
The Forest of Bowland, a dedicated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is ideal for walkers and cyclists. There are many beautiful areas of the forest to explore. A few not to miss:
- Beacon Fell Country Park
- Trough of Bowland
Morcambe Bay, around a 1 hour drive from Clitheroe Club Site is a great area for anyone interested in watersports.
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