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Holiday close to home

This year is not a normal year, this year summer holidays abroad might not happen, but living in Lancaster District we have got everything we need to enjoy a fabulous holiday at home. Features Writer, Rob Bullock, looks at where we can go to have a great, safe time.

The Government’s orders for the past few months have been ‘Stay Home’ and even though we appear to have got through the spring peak of COVID 19, the options of holidaying abroad still seem like a distant pipe dream, even if we felt safe to hop on a plane. 

With our exceptional coastline and our stunning countryside here in the Lancaster District we have lots of interesting places to visit right on our doorstep, and when we add in a couple of hours driving, that widens our horizons. 

CLOSE TO HOME

Surf and turf is what our area has on its doorstep. We have a lovely stretch of coastline from the open expanses of Morecambe sea front to all around beautiful Morecambe Bay and together with our huge areas of countryside we certainly have plenty of choice for great days out.

Sunderland Point is a village that is just 7 miles from both Lancaster and Morecambe, but it is a safe isolated location. Its stunning landscape is a mixture of salt marsh, beach, mud flats, farmland, footpaths and roads. The Point is an attraction to those who wish to spend time rambling, bird watching, cycling, sketching, painting, photographing, observing wild flowers or simply admiring the hauntingly beautiful landscape of the estuary and views of the moors of North Lancashire to the East and the South Lakeland Fells to the North.

Ribblehead – Even on a busy day there is plenty of space at Ribblehead. The halfway point on the Three Peaks route, you might see hikers but nobody crowds anyone up on our high fells. With views over to Ingleborough, and south to the Ribble valley is a lovely place to stop for a picnic. If you are feeling energetic why not go for a walk up Whernside, the highest of the peaks and take in the views back over towards Morecambe Bay. 

JUST A STONE’S THROW AWAY

If we add on a short drive from Lancaster District we find other inspiring destinations. 

Thirlmere – My favourite of all the lakes, Thirlmere is actually a reservoir for the city of Manchester but sits under the second highest peak in England, Helvellyn. The opposite side of the lake to the mountain is where you want to head to avoid too many people. Parking up on one of the number of car parks slip on a pair of sturdy boots or shoes and climb through the Forestry Commission owned land to enjoy a picnic by one of the tarns that sit high up overlooking Helvellyn. And, even at the height of a ‘normal’ summer you won’t see too many people on this day out. 

West Cumbrian coast – With some of the best beaches in the entire country and thousands of acres of space, what a destination we have just a drive away. Already this year the Lancaster District Magazine has featured the Solway coast as an excellent destination for a weekend away. We discovered that the area stretches from its easterly boundary at Floriston on the border with Scotland to Maryport on the West Cumbrian coast and covers an area of approximately 118 sq km of unspoilt nature!    

Further Afield

By safely travelling for around a couple of hours we can find even more home holiday destinations. 

Dumfries and Galloway – Just over the border from Cumbria is magnificent Dumfries and Galloway. Simply head up the M6, which becomes the M74 in Scotland and turn off at Gretna! The furthest tip of the area is over a hundred miles to the west and the peninsular has hundreds of miles of beautiful beaches. Inland there are hills and forests to safely explore. 

Northumberland – At Carlisle turn east and head along the very northern edge of England over the Pennines towards the North Sea coast. With the beautiful Cheviot Hills and some of the best beaches in the UK, Northumberland is not only easy to get to but it has plenty of space for us to stay safe. 

Whether we stay local or head that little bit further, there are plenty of choices to stay safe and have a great time this summer. Businesses are just opening up and are safely welcoming visitors with open arms. 

 

 

 

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