Talk about a destination that offers a little bit of everything.
Beauty? Garstang has it in abundance. Sitting on the banks of the glistening River Wyre and overlooked by the Forest of Bowland, it’s home to a diverse scenery and wildlife – a dream spot for anglers, bird watchers or ramblers craving a country getaway.
It’s not short on fascinating history either. Hailed in 2001 as the World’s First Fairtrade Town, its weekly market runs each and every Thursday… and has done since 1310!
Despite its modest size and stature, Garstang is spoken of in the Doomsday Book, and reminders of its big history lurk around every corner. From the remains of Greenhalgh Castle – all but destroyed by Oliver Cromwell’s forces in 1645 – to the medieval passages which add unique character to its High Street, this is a market town with serious pedigree.
And what about the array of local activities on offer? Whether you’re after the sanctuary of the golf course, the wonder of the Great British seaside, the vastness of the Beacon Fells or the vibrancy of its nearby towns and cities – Garstang ticks all boxes.
Not only does Garstang put you within easy driving range of historic Lancaster, industrious Preston and scenic Morecambe – it’s also just a hop over to one of England’s most beloved seaside towns, Blackpool.
With its nostalgic seafront, world-famous Pleasure Beach, Winter Gardens, Grand Pier, and an inimitable charm, this is quintessential Great Britain at its best. Don’t forget to explore the wider Fylde coastline for the more understated wonders of Fleetwood, Cleveleys and Lytham St-Annes.
Another ace in Garstang’s pack is its excellent road links, which put visitors just over half an hour’s drive from the untouchable beauty of the Lake District. From Kendal to Windermere to Keswick – this is a region that has to be seen to be believed; a true jewel of the North West.
Did you know? The Beacon Fells were used for the filming of the Shaun Bean TV drama ‘Curfew’, due for release in 2019. Best Western Garstang Country Hotel was chosen to accommodate the production company.