Cottages in Lancashire, Cumbria and the Lake District

Lancashire Holiday Guide

River in Lancashire

Lancashire is a beautiful county in the north west of England. Extending south east from the county town of Lancaster which sits proudly at the mouth of the River Lune, much of the county is off the beaten tourist-track, and all the more fascinating for that.

There’s a wealth of things to keep you busy on your holiday in this area and Red Rose Holiday Cottages offers some great properties which will allow you to explore this part of the country. Around Clitheroe our holiday cottages are ideal for exploring the Forest of Bowland as well as enjoying parts of the Yorkshire Dales. Along the Lancashire coastline you can enjoy places such as Morecambe and Blackpool by booking one of our properties around Preesall and Forton.

Getting around in Lancashire is easy by car (if you don't mind the hills!), and public transport offers regular services to many major valleys, cities, towns, and villages. If you want to go further afield, Lancashire also offers easy access to other parts of the North West including Manchester and Liverpool.

Outdoor activities and adventures are within easy reach when you holiday in Lancashire. Known as the Backbone of England, the Pennines stretch from the Peak District in the south to the Scottish border in the north, passing through Lancashire and Yorkshire on their way. Given their grandeur, it’s no surprise that the Pennines encompass a number of areas designated as National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Of particular interest are Pendle Hill, the Peak District National Park and the Forest of Bowland.

The sweeping wooded valleys and heather lined moorlands of the Forest of Bowland AONB make the perfect backdrop for those wanting an active holiday enjoying the great outdoors. This area includes some challenging hiking routes, as well as scenic cycling routes, more challenging mountain biking in Gisburn Forest, and leisurely wildlife walks.
Lancashire also offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy a more leisurely type of holiday. Heritage breaks, shopping trips, and foodie holidays are all possible within this diverse county.

Learn about our northern heritage in places like The Museum of Lancashire in Preston, and the Queen Street Mill Textile Museum in Burnley. Lancaster Castle is a real treat for a family trip. Go back in history and immerse yourself in days gone by. Find out how people from this area lived hundreds of years ago and discover the background to some of the county’s most famous landmarks.

The county’s market towns are ideal for a leisurely stroll, but if you really love to shop then you won’t be disappointed with a trip to Manchester with its variety of independent, high street, and designer retailers.

For food lovers, Lancashire has an abundance of restaurants and farmers’ markets. From traditional pub grub to exquisite fine dining experiences you certainly won’t go hungry!