The Longlands Inn at Carnforth is truly blessed – we are on the edges of two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and two National Parks. If you want spectacular views, oases of calm, wildlife in abundance, or just somewhere to walk the dog, you’ll be spoiled for choice when you stay at The Longlands Inn. Here are some of our favourites – but when you come and stay with us, we’ll tell you about a whole lot more.
Our holiday cottages are right next to Tewitfield Locks on the Lancaster Canal at the edge of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can walk for miles along the banks of the canal or just sit and watch the boats manoeuvring - you'll soon recognise the experts!
Across the road from The Longlands Inn is a visitor centre with Farm shop, café, pottery, wine shop and garden centre plus a huge play barn and animals to visit.
When John Ruskin first saw the Valley, he declared; "I do not know in all my country, still less France or Italy, a place more naturally divine…” Heading North from Lancaster, spend a peaceful day driving through the valley, stopping off in the pretty, stone-built villages that nestle here. The Crook O'Lune beauty spot is perfect for picnics and you can feast your eyes on scenery made famous by Turner, the ‘painter of light.’
Further on it’s worth stopping at The Lunesdale Arms in Tunstall - excellent food and shabby chic interior – or The Highwayman in Nether Burrow, which has recently been refurbished by Nigel Haworth of Northcote Manor fame.
Art lovers will enjoy the Lunesdale Studio Trail, showcasing the work of local artists, sculptors and designers.
Heading South from Lancaster, discover one of the original royal hunting forests, and our second AONB. Newly opened access land means that it offers some of the most remote and rugged walking in the North West. If rugged isn’t your thing, then it’s ideal eating and drinking territory with more than 60 pubs to choose from.
Just 30 minutes on the M6, it’s easy to visit the Lake District for a day trip. Towns, teashops, lakes (of course), fells and Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England at 3210 ft. Kendal, known as the “auld grey town” due to its limestone buildings, is the gateway town with good shopping and of course mint cake.
A marked 4.5 mile trail of spectacular waterfalls through ancient woodland, which takes between 2.5 and 4 hours to complete depending on your agility. Nearby is White Scar Cave, a beautiful subterranean landscape with a huge ice age cavern adorned with thousands of stalactites. And, when you visit, you’ll find yourself in the Yorkshire Dales National Park – acres of wild moorland and more mountains.
AREAS OF OUTSTANDING BEAUTY
GREENLANDS FARM VILLAGE
THE LUNE VALLEY
THE FOREST OF BOWLAND
THE LAKE DISTRICT