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Outside of the major cities, Lancashire offers lively seaside resorts, historic towns and beautiful countryside.

Blackpool, Britain’s most iconic seaside resort, is the sort of place you will love or hate. Unashamedly brash, Blackpool’s seafront promenade is backed by amusement arcades, fish and chip shops, bingo halls and candy-floss sellers.

Its main attraction, however, is the ‘Pleasure Beach’. Effectively a large theme park, it contains some of the wildest rides in the country, as well as classic, old-school entertainments – antique, wooden rollercoasters, crazy golf and haunted houses.

Away from the urban sprawl in the south and the coast to the west, Lancashire’s north and east offer some wonderful countryside. The Ribble Valley is a popular area for walking and cycling and home to some inviting towns and villages. In the more remote northern stretches of the valley you will find the ‘Forest of Bowland’. Actually an area of fells, moors and farmland, it is a wonderful place for walking and cycling in vast scenery, undisturbed by crowds.