15 lesser-known towns and villages worth visiting in Lancashire

There are plenty of famous destinations in Lancashire which attract visitors year round, but there are a variety of gems which are often overlooked.

Wednesday, 16th January 2019, 12:24 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th January 2019, 12:29 pm
Towns

These 15 places showcase the history of the area and are well worth a visit.

Glasson Dock is linked to Lancaster by the Lune Estuary Cycleway and features and attractive harbour. The Glasson harbour was once the largest port in the north west and is now still a thriving port.
Poulton-le-Fylde is a market town in Lancashire, which is situated on the coastal plain called the Fylde. This ancient market town has a wide range of high quality independent shops, eateries and traditional pubs.

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Garstang is set on the banks of the River Wyre and features beautiful architecture, abundant wildlife and a wide range of activities. Since 2000, Garstang has become known as the Worlds First Fairtrade Town.
Located on the Fylde coast of Lancashire, just a short distance from the bright lights of Blackpool and Preston, Lytham is a pretty, popular town which boasts a number of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.
Wrea Green is a quaint village located about 2 miles west of Kirkham. This idyllic village boasts the largest village green in Lancashire, including a large duck pond, which is known to locals as The Dub.
The village of Silverdale stands on Morecambe Bay, near the border with Cumbria. It forms part of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a species-rich limestone grassland, woodland and wet meadow.
Kirkby Lonsdale is a small market town flanking the three counties of Cumbria, Lancashire and North Yorkshire. This historic town has a range of high quality independent shops, alongside restaurants, cafs and bars.
Barley is a village in the borough of Pendle. This idyllic village lies between Black Moss Reservoirs and Ogden Reservoirs, situated inside of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Chipping is a quaint village situated on the slopes above the River Loud. The village features a 13th century church, with a font that has been in use for over 400 years.
This ancient riverside village is built on the site of the Roman fort of Bremetennacum, with a large section of the remains lying under the old church and churchyard. This popular village boasts a range of local shops and pubs.
Longridge is located in the borough of Ribble Valley and offers a view of the whole of the Fylde Plain. From the top of Longridge Fell it is possible to see the Isle of Man, the Welsh Mountains, Ingleborough and the Loud Valley.
Stonyhurst is the name of a 300-acre rural estate which is centred on Stonyhurst College, occupying the great house, Stonyhurst Saint Mary's Hall school and the parish church, St Peter's.
Ormskirk is an historic Market Town located in the heart of West Lancashire. Steeped in history, Ormskirk has had a market since 1286 and also offers an excellent range of independent retailers, restaurants, cafes and pubs.
This quaint village sits on a low rise from the surrounding flat mossland of Mawdesley Moss. Harrock Hill belongs to the neighbouring parishes of Hilldale and Wrightington and this rolling hill is visible from Mawdesley.
Croston boasts quaint cottages, historic homes and a church that dates back to William the Conqueror. It also features a cobbled pack-horse bridge, which dates back to the 15th century and crosses the River Yarrow.