Lancaster: A city of philanthropists

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Lancaster has been chosen by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to feature in its series of Discovering Britain walks.

The 3 mile self-guided walk - entitled ‘From water to wealth’ - recognises the good will and community spirit of Lancaster’s residents by telling a story of industrial trading and philanthropic giving.

Walkers will discover how Lancastrians used the city’s waterways to make a living, before investing much of their profits back into the community.

Historically, many rich traders embraced philanthropy and sought to improve the lives of local people. The results of their efforts are still apparent in city landmarks and hidden gems, such as the Dispensary, Town Hall and Westfield War Memorial Village.

Lancaster’s community spirit is evident today in the creation of a new nature reserve, which is an important stop along the walk and has brought ‘green wealth’ to the city.

The walk is suitable for families and has alternative directions for those requiring step-free access. Free booklets and audio guides are available to download at:

Walk-creator John Roff, a long-time Lancaster resident, says: “Lancaster is a compact city, full of heritage and surrounded by an exceptionally varied and beautiful countryside. This walk allows residents and visitors to absorb not only the city’s history, but also its enthralling geography.”

Michael Palin, Immediate Past President of the Society, says: “All too often we forget that travel doesn’t have to include trains and boats and planes. As Discovering Britain shows, some of the world’s most varied, spectacular and accessible landscapes are only a strong pair of boots away. Discovering Britain brings our country to life, beneath your feet.”