Places to visit
Wray Village - www.wrayvillage.co.uk
Our nearest town, a picturesque historic market town with a wide range of shops and restaurants. Radiating from the attractive market square are narrow winding streets of mainly 17th and 18th Century buildings. Devil's Bridge a three arched bridge spanning the River Lune is probably 12th or 13th Century and a scheduled ancient monument. Behind St Mary's Church is 'Ruskin's View' this view of the Lune was painted by Turner (1775-1851). It is called 'Ruskin's View'. because the poet John Ruskin (1819-1900), a lover of Turner's work, was so impressed by the painting, that he penned 'I do not know in all my own country, still less in France or Italy, a place more naturally divine'.
Celebrating local food, real ale and gardening is Fork Fest is a fun filled weekend for all the family. With music, demos, a flower festival, Beer Fest and Real Ale Trail, plenty of food sampling and entertainment for the kids. For more information visit www.forkfest.co.uk
Sizergh Castle & Garden
This imposing house, at the gateway to the Lake District, stands proud in a rich and beautiful garden, which includes a pond, lake, National Collection of Hardy Ferns and a superb limestone rock garden. Still lived in by the Strickland family, Sizergh has many tales to tell and certainly feels lived in, with centuries-old portraits and fine furniture sitting alongside modern family photographs. The exceptional wood panelling culminates in the Inlaid Chamber, returned here in 1999 from the Victoria & Albert Museum. The 647-hectare (1,600-acre) estate includes limestone pasture, orchards and ancient, semi-natural woodland.
Sizergh Castle & Garden website
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
The famous Ingleton Waterfalls Trail in Yorkshire offers some of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery in the North of England. The trail is 4.5 miles long (8 km) and leads you through ancient oak woodland and magnificent Yorkshire Dales scenery via a series of stunning waterfalls and geological features.
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail website
Forest of Bowland
You will also be on the doorstep of the Forest of Bowland AONB a hidden gem often overlooked but once discovered you will want to return. Forest of Bowland Discovery Guide (pdf)
Lancaster is a vibrant university city rich in cultural heritage. the city center is packed with boutique shops and high street stores. The nightlife buzzes with live music, theatre, comedy and film, plus delicious food and drink.
Lancaster Castle Often known as John O' Gaunt's Castle, Lancaster Castle is one of the most historically interesting buildings in Lancashire.- www.lancastercastle.com also there is Lancaster Museum and Art Gallery and the Maritime Museum plus Williamson Park with its Butterfly House and Ashton Memorial.
Leighton Hall - The historic home of the world-renowned Gillow furniture making family, Leighton Hall is a stunning location for a day out, an exclusive wedding or extraordinary corporate event. Its romantic Gothic towers and acres of beautiful gardens annually lure thousands of visitors, who are as enthralled with Leighton's fascinating heritage as they are captivated by the breathtaking beauty of their surroundings. www.leightonhall.co.uk
Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve
Leighton Moss is the largest reedbed in north-west England, and home to some really special birds such as breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers.
In summer watch the Marsh Harriers passing food to each other while flying. Deer often graze around the pools, and there are lots of butterflies and dragonflies in summer. Choose from a selection of trails and hides, most of which are suitable for wheelchairs, and get right to the heart of the reedbed. Or take the nature trail alongside two coastal lagoons to see lots of wading and water birds (ask in the visitor centre for more details).
Enjoy a home-made meal and a drink in the tea room and browse in the RSPB shop. RSPB Reserve Leighton Moss Website
Arnside and Silverdale AONB
This is one of the smallest protected landscapes in the country, amazingly rich in wildlife - both fauna and flora - birds, butterflies, bats, orchids, ferns, wildflowers and a huge diversity of special habitats ranging from reedbeds to ancient woodlands to the expanses of Morecambe Bay.