Crook O' Lune
This is a really beautiful spot.
The Crook O'Lune picnic site is situated at a popular beauty spot on a horse shoe bend in the River Lune to the North of Lancaster. Many pleasant walks are available alongside the wooded river banks and venturing off into the surrounding countryside. For longer walks the Lune Millennium Cycleway which also forms part of the Lancashire Cycleway follows a former railway line and connects this site to Lancaster and Bull Beck picnic site to the North.
..:: A Year in Lancaster ::..
"..:: Small and Sweet ::.."
Not many Lancaster pages out there so I thought I'd try to do my part in giving this small but lovely city a bit more exposure on the Net!
Lancaster is home to a spectacular castle and beautiful priory as well as a small but vibrant city centre. Surrounded by countryside, Lancaster is pretty much at the gateway to one of the UK's most dazzling regions of natural beauty, the Lake District.
I've had the pleasure of spending a year doing my Masters Course at Lancaster University and although the university is a bit on the small side, its location in the almost rural suburbs of Lancaster give it a beauty of its own.
I'll be leaving this little city in a few months but I might be back again in the very near future.
"..:: Things to Look Out For ::.."
** Lancaster Castle - A fine example of a castle, which is actively used as courts of law and a prison! Some of the rooms (including the 2 courtrooms) are open to the public, though it is best to sign up with one of the guided tours or you'll miss out on a lot of information about the Castle's history. The best day for visits is Saturday, as visitors will be able to see the courtrooms, which are closed to the public when trials are going on.
** Williamson Park and the Ashton Memorial - Williamson Park is a rather large park situated off the city centre. A pleasant place to spend a nice day out, there are a few things to look out for such as waterfalls and a sundial. You can also stop by the Butterfly House which is often brimming with several species of butterflies flying about freely in an artificial tropical forest. There is also the Ashton Memorial, one of the largest follies in Britain and a very scenic one too. You can climb up a few floors and get a very good look of the city, Morecambe Bay and the nearby Lake District from there.
** The City Centre - Although small, the city centre has a certain charm, particularly the square in front of the city's museum. The square is at its best on market days (Wednesdays and Saturdays). The museum is also worth a look.
** The Canals - Not entirely a tourist attraction, but Lancaster's waterways have a charm of their own and you can find a few cute pubs and ducks if you walk along the canals.
** Further Afield - If you run out of things to see and do in Lancaster, you could always catch a train to nearby Preston (20 mins or so away) or venture up into the Lake District.