Celebrate Yorkshire Day In Lancashire

Age-old county rivalries will be set aside on August 1 as visitors are invited to celebrate Yorkshire Day in the Lancaster district.

Three years since boundary changes to the Yorkshire Dales National Park were introduced to include parts of Lancashire, there’s plenty of ways to experience God’s own country from the county that won the War of the Roses.

The  Lancaster rural area can boast such beautiful landscapes and wealth of leisure opportunities that it is most worthy of national park status.

Part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park now includes Leck Fell, the highest point in Lancashire(or should that now be Yorkshire?) and the Crook O’Lune whose views across the Lune Valley towards one of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks – Ingleborough – inspired the artist JMW Turner and poets William Wordsworth and Thomas Gray.

Visitors can even stay at the former Clergy Daughters School in Cowan Bridge which educated Yorkshire’s most famous literary sisters, the Brontes, as it is now self-catering accommodation.  

Nearby is the attractive market town of Kirkby Lonsdale which features one of the loveliest views in England, according to Victorian visionary John Ruskin, as well as the imposing Devil’s Bridge, a popular meeting point for motorbike enthusiasts.

Just a few miles up the road is Thornton in Lonsdale where the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, married his first wife and Ingleton with its Waterfalls Walk and White Scar Cave, the longest show cave in England.

Meandering through areas of the Yorkshire Dales is the River Lune which can be enjoyed on foot and by bike thanks to the Lune Millennium Park which follows an old railway route.

And if travelling by train is the preferred mode of transport, The Bentham Line, part of the Leeds to Lancaster and Morecambe route, crosses three rivers and boasts excellent views towards the Dales, Ingleborough and the Forest of Bowland.

Yorkshire Dales valleys and villages can also be enjoyed by cycling all or part of the Way of the Roses, a 170 mile coast to coast route, setting off from Morecambe and passing through the historic city of Lancaster before heading through the Lune Valley and Yorkshire Dales on the way to Bridlington.And if all this whets the appetite, the area also hosts a wide variety of pubs, restaurants and cafes where regional dishes such as Yorkshire pudding are a ‘must eat’ on many a menu.