Proud Lancastrians have come out in defence of the Red Rose county after it was snubbed in a poll of the UK’s most picturesque counties.
Where old rival Yorkshire came second, narrowly behind Cornwall, Lancashire took only 1.6 per cent of the votes, putting it in 15th place.
“I don’t think that’s right”, said the Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton. “Anything Yorkshire can do, we can do better”.
He added: “We should be higher than that. Lancashire is a beautiful place to live, it’s gorgeous.
“You can’t get a better coastline, and we’ve also got the rolling hills of the Ribble Valley, beautiful parks like Cuerden Valley, and there’s the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the Forest of Bowland.
“We’ve also got great access to all these places with our road network.”
Glyn Davies, past president of Chorley Photographic Society, agreed. He said: “It’s just wrong. To say that Yorkshire is better than Lancashire is just outrageous.
“There’s absolutely loads of gorgeous places in Lancashire. We visit many varied places including the Forest of Bowland, the Singing Ringing Tree in Burnley, Darwen, and Rivington is a photographers’ paradise.
“Anywhere up and out of the cities is typically where we go, but there are lots of more challenging places that can be picturesque like Preston Docks.
“I think the people who have responded to this survey are looking at big places, but in Lancashire we have lots of small, intimate places. If you get down on your knees anywhere in Lancashire there is something to photograph.”
Glyn said he was surprised at Cornwall coming out in top spot.
He added: “I used to live in Cornwall and I’m a bit surprised to hear that. They should go there in the winter – it rains non-stop from the end of summer until spring and then there’s the wind with nothing to stop it from America.
“But there’s this perception that it has miles and miles of golden beaches and Lancashire is full of dark satanic mills.”
Will Stead, chairman of the Chorley Photographic Society, said Church Street in Croston is known as one of the most photographed streets in Lancashire, and there is beauty to be found among the old boats in Skippool Creek, Poulton le Fylde.
Lancashire must be doing something right with more than 63 million visitors each year, 20 million more than Cumbria, which came third.
The county also has royal support. The Queen said in her 1996 biography by Sarah Bradford that she would like to retire to the Ribble Valley and she is a regular visitor to the Red Rose county.
Ruth Connor, chief executive of Visit Lancashire, said: “If you’re looking for a holiday, a short break or a day out with family or friends, Lancashire has something for everyone.
“From the excitement of stepping out on the Walk of Faith at the top of Blackpool Tower, to walking, cycling or sailing in breathtaking beauty spots, living it up at a fantastic festival or tucking into a delicious afternoon tea or dinner with a spectacular view – you’re sure to discover why life feels good in Lancashire.”
15 scenic spots in Lancashire:
2) Beacon Fell
3) Pendle Hill
5) Dunsop Bridge
6) Longton Marshes
7) Morecambe Bay
8) Crook O’Lune
11) Avenham and Miller Parks
12) Cuerden Valley Park
14) Lake Burwain, Colne
15) Williamson Park