The land along the west coast is low-lying and flat, rising steadily to the east, towards moorland and the heights of the Pennines, which form the eastern boundary of the county. Pendle Hill rises among these moors. Further north, Morecambe Bay stretches inland and separates the main part of Lancashire from Furness in the north-west. The north is a mountainous country, with a low coastline, off which lies the long strip of Walney Island.

'Earth, sweet earth, sweet landscape, with leaves throng.'

Gerard Manley Hopkins, 'of the Ribble Valley'

County Town:

Lancaster - distance from London: 242 miles (389 km

Nearby Counties:

Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Yorkshire

Train Operators:

Northern Rail / London Midland

Nearest Airport:


Major Roads:

M6, M55

Highest point:

Old Man of Coniston, 2633 feet


Calder, Hodder, Lune, Mersey, Ribble, Wyre

County Flower:

Red rose

Local Delicacies:

Lancashire Hot Pot - oyster or meat stew, served with and pickled red cabbage.
Blackpool Rock - can still be seen being rolled and made on the seafront.

Places to Visit in Lancashire

British Commercial Vehicle Museum | Clitheroe Castle | Gawthorpe Hall | Hoghton Tower | Rufford Old Hall | Samlesbury Hall | Turton Tower | WWT Martin Mere

Towns and Villages in Lancashire

Barrow-in-Furness, Blackburn, Blackpool, Lancaster, Preston, Warrington

History of Lancashire

First recorded in the 12th century. The origin of the county town's name is based on the Old English for a 'Roman settlement on the River Lune'. The Old English for any Roman settlement was 'ceaster', hence Lune-ceaster, which then became Lancaster.

Map of Lancashire

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