The North West is so much more than industrial towns in fact you will be blown away at what there is on offer; mountainous Cumbria will take your breath away, escape to Lancashire’s rugged untamed countryside or while away a few hours in the chique towns and cities of Cheshire. They are proud of their heritage, and pretty good at football, but also good at putting on a show for tourists with a great choice of things to do and see plus a lovely selection of self-catering holiday cottages.
Cheshire is perhaps the swankiest county; there is a real mix of glamour with lots of trendy cafes, gastro pubs and restaurants catering for the more discerning tastes, as well as a rural appeal with lovely countryside and gentle walks. Visit magnificent stately homes and beautiful gardens or quaint market towns and villages with quirky independent shops. For a real retail experience visit the famous Cheshire Oaks or the Roman walled city of Chester. For families wanting a day at a theme park try the magical Gulliver’s World and for the history buffs trace England’s Viking heritage to the water’s edge on the beautiful Wirral Peninsula.
The Lake District in Cumbria has been a magnet to tourists from all over the world for many years. It is an outdoor lover’s paradise and has now been desinated a UNESCO World Heritage Site with walks ranging from extreme mountaineering to leisurely lakeside strolls plus just about every outdoor activity to choose from. The magnificent views and stunning lakes are something to behold and captured in many famous paintings. There are gorgeous Lakeland towns and villages with gastro cafes, pubs and restaurants, independent shops plus a wonderful selection of holiday cottages. There’s a lot to do and see outside the National Park, the Eden Valley is a real hidden gem, Hadrian’s Wall has fabulous walks and views, visit numerous abbey’s and castles plus a superb stretch of coastline including St Bees, the most westerly point of Northern England.
The fact that Lancashire was the home to the industrial revolution only adds to its appeal and the whole region is steeped in history and intrigue. The most famous coastal town is Blackpool with wonderful coastal walks, head south to come across the more upmarket Lytham, a delightful traditional coastal village. Across the county are moorlands, lowlands and hills and pretty farms and villages. Dunsop Bridge, twice visited by the Queen, is the exact geographic centre of Great Britain in the Forest of Bowland. The historic villages of Arnside and Silverdale sit on the coast of Morecambe Bay with the beautiful RSPB Leighton Moss, rich in wildlife and surrounded by marshes, woodland and hills.