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Reasons To Live In Lancashire

Lancashire is a county that is full of everything. It is a place where you can enjoy wild walks, lively towns and a gorgeous coastline. It is home to a variety of pubs, shops and independent stores and just about anything you’d ever want or need, as well as fascinating and varied historical background.

Living here isn’t just about fun and games, in fact, earlier in the year, Morecambe was found to receive the most rainfall in England. But Lancashire is a place that draws people back from all over the globe.

Here are nine reasons why we enjoy living in this lovely Northern county, but no order is required.

It’s a must to reside.

We’re not in any way biased. Maybe a bit. Lancashire has more than one place in the county that has been voted the best area to live and work in.

Earlier this year, Trawden, a tiny village situated in an undiscovered area of Lancashire was chosen as the most desirable place to live to live in the North West. The village near Colne was chosen by judges for the famous Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide, in light of the region’s schools, transport , broadband and schools to green spaces, culture and the health of the high street.

Preston was also voted as the top place for people to work and live in the North West in the Demos-PWC Good Growth for Cities Index earlier in the year. It’s the third year in the same row that this Lancashire city has won this accolade, and has achieved above average scores across various categories that which the public believes are the most important to economic well-being.

This includes the availability of jobs, the positive balance between work and life, the capabilities of the workforce and the wide range of jobs available. Of course, we don’t have to prove that Lancashire’s the most desirable place to live It’s just nice to have data to support the claim.

The rolling hills

It is possible that Lancashire is rough, being just a stone’s throw from some of the most stunning landscapes in the country (yes, we’re talking about the Lake District) but Lancashire has its own gems of its own.

We also have our own gorgeous rolling hills, including the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (the part that’s part of Yorkshire does not count).

The Forest of Bowland is for the vast majority of the time filled with many miles farms and rolling hills, that means there’s a wealth of stunning walks for anyone to enjoy and, you may even find an establishment at the end of a few of them.

Within the heart of the county, we have Longridge Fell and Beacon Fell Both of them offer stunning views of the surrounding county on a sunny day of course. Also, who can forget the famous Pendle Hill which is only 165ft shy of also being known as an mountain. Even in the harsh Lancashire weather the landscape of hills is amazing.

The coast has been awarded with a prestigious award.

If the hills aren’t enough for you, then take a glance towards the West of our beautiful county will show the multi-award winning beaches of Blackpool, Lytham St Annes and Morecambe.

On a sunny day in the hills of the Lakes as well as the Isle of Man and even Wales are visible from our shoreline. It is the Lancashire Coastal Way stretches stretches across 137 miles all the way from Merseyside to Cumbria.

This Lancashire coastline is made up of diverse landscapes, including the limestone scenery that is Arnside and Silverdale, saltmarshes, architectural beaches, land, and the estuaries of rivers the Lune, Wyre and Ribble, meaning if you don’t like walking in the hills, you could stroll along the coastline instead.

The beaches of the coastline are among the best in the country, and awards are given on beaches of Morecambe, Fleetwood and Blackpool, which brings us nicely on to point number two.

Blackpool

It’s not difficult to see that Blackpool is a source of controversy in Lancashire. There are those who don’t like the place and claim it’s outdated and tacky. Others, (like me) absolutely love the seaside resort, and all of its quirks.

Blackpool has been a magnet for millions of tourist for generations, and families come back year on many years to explore what Blackpool offers to visitors. The town is the only beach resort in the UK to have three piers, each having bars, their own bar, and other attractions. One of them even has a mini-theme park. Squires Gate, now known as Blackpool International Airport, was actually the UK’s first airport.

The tower makes the resort basically the Paris of the north (no I’m not going to argue about this) It is the only county can boast of the number of Strictly Come Dancing stars making an effort to dance in their exclusive dance floor.

There’s a lot I can say about how much I love Blackpool I’m pretty sure other people could go on about how much they hate the town, but the point remains that there’s no other place quite like it.

Rich history – including KFC

Lancashire has its own unique story, beginning with its founding in 1183. The mill towns of Blackburn as well as Burnley were the birthplace for the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century. In 1764, the Spinning Jenny was invented by James Hargreaves a cotton weaver from Stanhill near Oswaldtwistle, which revolutionised the industry of cotton.

Looking to the north of the county, the trials of the Pendle Witches in Lancaster in 1612 was the country’s most famous witch hunt. 2012 Lancashire marked it’s 400th Centenary.

In a more sweet note, Jelly Babies were though to have started their life with the Lancashire town of Nelson. The sweets were initially manufactured in the hands of Thomas Fryer and his sweet company in the 19th century. Thomas Fryer was born in Barrowford in 1841 and in 1864 he set up a sweet shop on Colne Road.

Numerous famous faces were born in this wonderful county, including George Booth (George Formby) who was born in Wigan in 1904; Jimmy Clitheroe, who was born in Clitheroe in 1921 and of course Eric Morcambe who was born in Morcambe in 1926. Also, who could forget the fact that the first KFC was opened right on the high street in Preston.

Great friendly people

Everyone is aware that Lancashire people are among the friendliest people around.

The news has many stories of people coming together in times of necessity, and particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw cities establish food banks, Covid safe meeting places, and saw neighbours form bubbles to save those who were cut off by Stay at home orders.

In Lancashire are a myriad of villages and towns where people would not be hesitant about being offered sugar or a cup of coffee, and in recent years, towns of Burnley and Lancaster have been both called the happiest place to live throughout the UK.

Our local cuisine

This county has created a number of recipes that have stayed with us throughout time. Butter pie, as an example was traditionally served on a Friday, when meat wasn’t meant to be consumed in Lancashire’s Catholics. Today, you can find it offered at all times all across the county within traditional bakeries in farm shops and even during football games.

Everyone can remember Chorley cakes. The lesser known cousin of this Eccles cake, Chorley cakes made with spiced sugar and currants are encased in flaky, buttery pastry and baked. They are topped with a glaze of egg whites and sugar, which provides them with a satisfying crunch.

It’s also a traditional Lancashire Hotpot that has been a staple for the county since the 19th century. It is believed to be first developed during the peak in the industry of cotton, and was a simple meal that was simmered slowly for the entire day, and ready for hungry cotton workers at the end of their shift.

I could go on and add Black Pudding from Haslingden, or Corned Beef Hash or Parkin the list is endless.

Musicians

Sometimes overlooked in comparison to our bigger neighboring cities of Manchester and Merseyside Many people forget that Lancashire has been home to its own group of musical geniuses.

Did you know that Rick Astley is from Newton-le-Willows? The “Never Gonna Let You Go singer is one of many world class artists that have come out of Lancashire. Although the town might no longer be Lancashire in the 1970s, since the end of boundary reviews, with Rick born when it was the red rose county and we’re certain to be claiming the singer.

Famous Tenor Alfie Boe is from Fleetwood while Rae Morris is from Blackpool. X-Factor aspirant Dianna Vickers is originally from Accrington.

Kevin Simm is also from Chorley. The singer started out in Liberty X before winning The Voice UK and becoming the singer-in-chief of Wet Wet Wet. Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie is also from the town of Bouth. While now Cumbria it was older Lancashire back in the 1940s when she was born.

It’s not Yorkshire

While I was looking for inspiration for this article this was the main thing I was told. It seems like a jibe at the long-standing Lancashirethe other Yorkshire rivalry However, when you take a closer look, it’s far more.

Lancashire as well as Yorkshire are two independent counties each with a wealth of things available, and often combined as the North’. However, Lancashire has merits it’s own recognition.

It’s a county that is rich in history, music beautiful coats, gorgeous scenery and rolling hills. It’s everything we’ve mentioned above. We even have our own meals and our own tea bags. Our people are the most welcoming that you’ll meet. Lancashire isn’t just more beautiful than Yorkshire, it’s the best region in the world and that’s the reason we love it.