Day trippers. Exploring Carnforth and Lancaster

When we want to go a little farther than our little feet will easily take us, we do take advantage of public transportation.  The City of Lancaster has a Dayrider ticket that allows us to travel by bus all day throughout a pretty big region for about $10 Canadian each.



Last  Tuesday, we decided to do a bit of a walk starting in Carnforth.  The bus ride took about half an hour and we enjoyed having a lookie-loo from the top deck on the way.

Our first stop was a surprisingly interesting and informative heritage centre at the train station/bus station.  As I type, we are watching an episode of the BBC’s Great British Railway Journeys which features, among other destinations in the Lake District, Cumbria, and Lancashire, this very stop in Carnforth.


Techie Alert:  Taking a picture of the television screen is a screen shot, right?  Impressing myself with my new skills each and every day!

One of its claims to fame is that the station was used for filming the 1945 film, A Brief Encounter.  It was thought that London and nearby areas would be at too high a risk for bombing, so Carnforth was selected.  All of the filming was done at night when the regular train service was not running.


We walked along the Lancaster Canal and made our way to Bolton-le-Sands.  It’s only about a 2 mile/3km walk, but it was so beautiful.



There’s something about sheep grazing in the sunshine that makes me think of James Herriot’s All Creatures Great & Small.  By Canadian standards, County Durham is not all that far from Lancashire.



Of course, we were eventually forced to find refuge from all of this natural beauty by way of a pub lunch.  Look, I’ve read it’s what’s done.  I can’t help it!


On Monday, we decided to check out the public pathway along the River Lune.  Once again, we hopped the direct bus and enjoyed a scenic tour through the industrial district.

We toodled around the city a little and wandered into Lancaster Priory to the sounds of the bells ringing.  How could I not enter with such a gorgeous invitation?


Lancaster Priory was founded in 1094 and the building, the furnishings, the stained glass windows, and its history are amazing… even for this heathen!



It was gorgeous and sunny out, so we decided to postpone taking a tour of the neighbouring Lancaster Castle until a rainy day, and we headed down to the river to enjoy our walk along the water.

Even though we’ve been watching the news, it was impossible for us to comprehend how high the river water had risen to cause the recent flooding.  Not only was the public footpath along the River Lune closed due to damage, but these buildings across the street from the river wall had sustained serious flood damage.



From across the river, I could see just how high the water had risen.  Absolutely staggering.  There are homes and businesses along this street.  Of course, not only were ground floors under water, but cellars would have been completely swamped.  We passed pubs and restaurants and thought about the stock that would have been lost (pubs in the UK cellar their ales and much more, I imagine).  One of the buildings has a plaque designating it as a heritage building; it is the former Custom House, built in 1764.  It’s just so sad.


Lune Millennium Bridge

With Plan A thwarted, we decided to take advantage of the fantastic public pedestrian and bike path and walk back to Morcambe.

Morcambe signpost

It was interesting to note that this walk was only 3 miles and took us about an hour.

Lancaster to Morcombe footpath

We have made the trip via car and bus, and it has taken half an hour.  Once again, we prefer to travel by foot.





15 thoughts on “Day trippers. Exploring Carnforth and Lancaster

  1. It appears you two have settled into a UK lifestyle of yore, pedestrian and much more relaxed. Sounds great! Your photos remind us of our Great Britain trip. Thanks for that! Looking forward to the next instalment! Have fun


  2. Love the way you describe things. Down to earth,but you do make it easy for me to imagine being there with you. I’m really enjoying this.


  3. Hello my friend, my thanks to you for creating your blog. We can see all the hard work that you have put into it. So nice to be able to “travel” with you and K. Again, congratulations. Great job.


  4. A highlight in my day is when you have a new posting. You have no idea how this lifts my spirits these days. Blessings on you heathen person, you.


  5. I like that you linked to more information rather than writing it all as it allows people to read more if they want to. It’s really interesting to see your perspective of the UK and see what you find interesting. Because I live in the UK, rivers and pubs seem like the norm but it’s nice to see someone appreciate it who has travelled here! Good luck with the blogging 101 challenge 🙂


  6. You’re in my stamping ground here. And your writing certainly does the area justice. Have you been to Silverdale? There is a train station, an excellent bird reserve(Leighton Moss) and some lovely walks eg Jenny Brown’s Point, Quaker Stagg . Also lovely coffee shop (Wolf House Gallery but check winter opening times)
    Great Blog, so good I didn’t really notice colours which can detract from photos anyway.
    Yes, retirement is great! Happy travelling ,


  7. Helen, I am just in the process of (being distracted from) writing a post about our walk from Silverdale to Arnside a few days ago. Absolutely breath-taking. Honestly, there are not words to describe how stunning the views were. We didn’t get to the spots you listed, but there’s always another day.


  8. Feel like I am with you…a real boost for a chilly ..but sunny Canadian it! (NOW THAT THIS TECHIE NOVICE FIGURED OUT HOW TO FOLLIW..DUH!) LIVE YOU..HUGS.ECCENTRIC AUNTIE


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