Lancashire in the North West of England is known for its industrial heartland and for beautiful coastlines. The seaside town of Blackpool is one of the best known in the area with its amusement arcades, beaches and famous illuminations which attract thousands of visitors each year.
The haunting and dramatic scenery of Morecombe Bay is a major bird watching reserve but possesses a terrifying secret. Morecombe Sands are some of the most treacherous in the country and have hidden pockets of quicksand and an incoming tide that can travel faster than galloping horses. This is one place to listen to the locals and to admire from a distance, or by train from Ulverston to Arnside. The natural beauty on this coastline is simply stunning. Lytham St Annes is well known for its sandy beach and for excellent golfing opportunities, as is Southport.
The historic town of Lancaster is the place to see the famous Lune Aqueduct, Lancaster Castle and the Maritime Museum. At Leighton Hall near Carnforth the house has beautiful exhibits, and a bird of prey display in the afternoons. The Ribble Valley is interesting to explore including the small town of Clitheroe, and Ribchester with its Roman Fort. Lancashire has many good walking trails which take in the industrial past as well as the coastal landscapes.
The areas around Skelmersdale and Ramsbottom are good for some countryside walks. With the multiculturalism in towns like Blackburn and Bolton the Asian areas are excellent places to taste Indian cuisine. This is also a place to try Lancastrian food such as Hot Pot, and black pudding. Lancashire has much to offer visitors who pass thorough on the way to Cumbria, but there are unspoilt places to explore here.