Almost all these attractions can be reached by train from Bentham via Lancaster (the exception being Leighton Hall) – so why not give the car a rest and take the train!
Morecambe and it’s Bay
A 6 mile level walk is possible along the promenade at Morecambe with stunning views of the Lake District. Visit here at high tide and you’ll have a great view of the 250,000 migratory birds which spend their winters feeding on the rich mud of Morecambe Bay.
Cycling is welcomed along Morecambe’s Promenade – which can be reached from as far away as Bull Beck Car Park near Caton (via Lancaster). There are literally miles of safe off road cycling in the area.
Arnside and Silverdale AONB spans the county boundary of Lancashire and Cumbria. if you’re a fan of butterflies there are 35 species to be found in this area. This AONB is extremely important as a diverse natural habitat with woodland, grassland, limestone and wetland habitat.
Leighton Moss is the largest reed bed in NorthWest England and is home to some really special birds such as breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers. There is an excellent visitor centre and shop – great for purchasing bird food and gifts! In Autumn it’s a good place to see and hear red deer in the Autumn rut. If you’re lucky you may even have an otter cross your path! Featured on the BBC Autumn Watch 2013 and 2014.
If you enjoy finding out about the past there’s plenty to occupy you in Lancaster city and surrounding area. Lancaster’s museums include the Lancaster Castle (until recently a prison and historically significant for major trials including those of the Pendle Witches!), Judges Lodgings, and the Maritime Museum on historic St Georges Quay.
Leighton Hall is very much a lived in house. each room from the modest chapel to the imposing dining room is still used every day by the Gillow family.
Carnforth Station was used in the filming of ‘Brief Encounter’ and has a fully restored tearoom to replicate that of the set in the film. There is a Station Heritage Centre with an exhibition of Carnforth’s railway heritage.