2022 Lancashire Coast & Country
Rediscover Lancashire, based in the classic seaside resort of Morecambe where the sweep of the bay is a major attraction with the Lake District fells visible beyond. Enjoy the many pleasures of the seaside whilst exploring this county of contrasts with its pretty landscapes, iconic coastal resorts and historic towns. Lancashire offers bags of appeal and this brand-new tour will show you some of the highlights and includes a day out in the ever-popular Lake District in Cumbria
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 After joining your holiday coach, drive northwards with suitable stops for lunch and refreshments. Arrive at your centrally located hotel in Morecambe with a welcome drink on arrival. DBB
Day 2 – 4 (or 6) At leisure in Morecambe with two or three included excursions
Be sure to stroll along the flat, award-winning promenade to see the stature of one of Britain’s’ most treasured comedians – Eric Bartholomew – who took the stage name Eric Morecambe when he met his comedy partner, Ernie Wise. Take a walk along the Stone Jetty, the remains of the original harbour, now transformed into a lovely walk out into the bay. Maybe even enjoy a cuppa in the 1930s art deco masterpiece Midland Hotel.
A Day out in the Lake District
Start the day in Kendal, the Southern Gateway to the Lakes (less than a mile from the boundary of the National Park) and home of the famous Mint Cake. Much of the town centre is pedestrianised with narrow lanes and yards branching from the main street. The unique History Trail, a walking route around the town centre with information plaques along the way delves into the town’s story. Into the National Park and for many, where the Lakes begin proper begin – Windermere. At ten and a half miles long, a mile wide in parts and a shade over 200ft deep, the lake itself – Windermere, incidentally, never ‘Lake’ Windermere – is the heavyweight of Lake District waters. Enjoy time in Bowness with its cafes, shops and lakeside seat and relax on a included scenic circular cruise (45 mins) from Bowness Bay around the central part of the lake to enjoy the mountain scenery, peaceful wooded shoreline and secluded bays (bar and toilets on board)
Forest of Bowland & Samlesbury Hall
The remote Forest of Bowland, a designated AONB, is a picturesque drive east from Morecambe. It is a captivating landscape of remote fells and farmland populated by rare birds and intriguing wildlife. Onto Samlesbury Hall, one of Lancashire’s stunning stately homes, a haven for history lovers, where the past meets the present. The Hall is a fabulous half-timbered black and white medieval house built in 1325 as a family home and an informative guide will regale you with stories of intrigue, witchcraft and centuries of fascinating history. Enjoy an included tea / coffee in the café and time to stroll the grounds with beautifully manicured lawns and pretty borders. (NB The grounds and ground floor rooms are fully accessible but not some of the upstairs rooms, although there is a stair lift to the galleries)
OPTIONAL EXCURSION (Included for 7-day tour in August)
Fleetwood Market & Blackpool
Fleetwood Market is one of the oldest in Lancashire. Dating back to the 1800’s in a coastal setting at the heart of the seaside town, this truly traditional market is popular with visitors and locals, with over 200 stalls to explore indoors and outdoors. The building has stayed true to its Victorian heritage and in 1990 the market was extended and is now one of the largest markets in the Northwest of England. Then head to rip-roaring Blackpool, the archetypal British seaside resort with its ‘Golden Mile’ of piers, amusement arcades, tram and donkey rides, fish-and-chip shops, candyfloss stalls, bingo halls and of course, its very own ‘Eiffel Tower’. With seven miles of beach, a revamped prom and an increasingly attractive, gentrified centre, there is much more to Blackpool than just amusements!
Return Day After breakfast, return homewards, arriving back at your local joining points early to mid-eveningBack to top
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LOTHERSDALE HOTEL, MORECAMBE
3* Best Western Lothersdale Hotel boasts breath-taking views across Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland Fells, an enviable position on Morecambe's central Promenade.
This friendly townhouse hotel has been managed by the same family since then 1950s and makes a great base for exploring the region.
There is a popular bar and bistro restaurant with terrace and well-appointed guestrooms each have their own individual style and offer free WiFi, hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
There is a lift (some internal steps but some ground floor rooms)