Carnforth is a small town just north of historic Lancaster and is a great base for exploring the nearby southern Lake District. The town has an industrial history rooted in the railway and ironworks. Local iron production ceased in the 1920s and Carnforth has since became a popular tourist destination. Set between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, two of England's best known National Parks, a holiday home in Carnforth and the south Lakes is ideal to make the most of this scenic area.
This area has an abundance of well-maintained public footpaths and bridleways providing traffic free walking and mountain biking. It is ideal for those who enjoy less strenuous walks with great views.Eating Out
Each small village has its own historic inn or pub which offers ploughman's lunches, drinks and home-cooked food in an authentic atmosphere. It is a great way to chat to the locals and find the best walks and beauty spots in the area.Crafts
This beautiful area has inspired artists, poets and writers for centuries. There are many small shops in the area which sell arts and crafts included hand knitted sweaters, watercolor paintings, pottery and gifts.
Blackpool is just 37 miles ( 59km) southwest of your Carnforth holiday cottage. It is Britain's most popular holiday destination with a flat sandy beach, three piers, a long promenade and the iconic Blackpool Tower. Blackpool Pleasure Beach has some white-knuckle roller coaster rides and a giant Ferris wheel on the pier.Lancaster
Lancaster is dominated by its historic castle on top of the steep hill. It is still used as the local court and prison but tours can be taken around this fascinating building. The magnificent Ashton Memorial is the local landmark which dominates the skyline. There is also a priory, city museum, parks and plenty of Georgian architecture.
This charming town has winding streets lined with family businesses from butchers and bakers to tea shops and traditional craft shops. The viewpoint behind the church is said to be "the fairest in all England" across the river valley and farms. Park on the small bridge and take the scenic one mile walk along the river to bring you into the heart of the village.
Carnforth and the South Lakes generally have cool winters with average daily highs around 44°F (7°C) and some snow. Summers reach 68°F (20°C) in August and may be cloudy with showers. Spring and autumn are the most popular seasons to visit this beautiful area.
The nearest airport to your holiday home in Carnforth is Newcastle Airport (NCL) which is 104 miles (166km) away or the Leeds/Bradford International Airport (LBA) which is 66 miles (105 km) away.
North Lancashire and the Southern Lake District is also very accessible by train from London’s Euston Station or Manchester to Oxenholm (Kendal). You can pick up a hire car from the station, making the journey very pleasant and hassle free.
There is an excellent road network connecting Carnforth with the rest of the UK via the M6 motorway.