Beyond Lancaster

Lancaster is the perfect base to explore the surrounding areas whether it be regionally, nationally or internationally. With hourly trains to Manchester Airport and regular trains to Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and the Lake District, Lancaster is a great place to begin your adventures. 

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Explore the Countryside

Lancaster is surrounded on all sides by green rolling hills and truly beautiful countryside. Whether you simply enjoy the view from campus or venture into the surrounding area for a day out, the countryside never disappoints, offering everything from walking and wildlife watching to sports and cycling.

"I think that the best thing I have done has been going to the Lake District with one of my friends, we went to Grasmere for the day and explored the area. It was so nice to just go out, relax and have some time-out from work." – Hannah Burnett, BA Geography

The Lake District National Park

A UNESCO world heritage site, the Lake District is made up of 912 square miles of breathtakingly beautiful landscape from mountains and rolling hills and of course, glittering lakes.  There are hundreds of outdoor activities to keep you entertained including lake cruises, water sports and mountain walks. The region is also celebrated for its literary connections including William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter who found inspiration there in the 19th Century.

Lake District
Malham Cove

The Yorkshire Dales National Park

The national park is 841 square miles of beautiful country, with everything from waterfalls to heather moorland. The area is particularly famous for its caves making it a popular destination for caving activities as well as for walking and cycling. The park is also a designated Dark Sky area, making it the perfect place for stargazing – you can even spot the Northern Lights if you’re there at the right time!

Yorkshire Dales

Forest of Bowland AONB

The Forest of Bowland is a landscape rich in heritage; designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the undulating lowlands and moody moors of this historic land are a wonderful place to spend the day.

Forest of Bowland
Cycling in the Forest of Bowland

The Lune Valley

Bordering both the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Yorkshire Dales, this area of Lancashire boasts particularly beautiful countryside and a lot of great gastropubs. The Crook O’Lune (where the River Lune curves) is a popular and beautiful spot for a picnic. The spot is so lovely in fact, painter JMW Turner described it as having ‘every feature which constitutes a perfect landscape’.  

Explore the Coast

We do like to be beside the seaside! The beauty of studying at Lancaster is that you're only a few miles away from the glistening sea, dramatic sunsets and panoramic views across to the Lake District

"Since coming to Lancaster, the best non-study-related thing I have done is a spontaneous day-trip my friends and I took to Morecambe beach." Elena Downes, Geography

The Coast

Blackpool offers a fun study break, where you can enjoy the Pleasure Beach and Blackpool Tower with its famous ballroom, or ride a tram through the famous Blackpool Illuminations with over 1 million lamps! A little closer to home, take a trip to Morecambe for fish and chips and an ice cream on a sunny day.

You can also visit Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is one of two AONBs near campus that offers beautiful walking trails and great wildlife, particularly butterflies. Lytham St Annes is also a great destination for a day out, a busy seaside town with a traditional pier, beach huts and even a windmill!

Explore Further Afield

"The best non-study related thing I've done is definitely going around the UK and visiting a lot of cities. The Lake District is one of the most mesmerising places I have seen.
Depending on how much work I have, I try going to a different place every fortnight. I have been to Lake District, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, London and Preston. Its really easy to go on a getaway from Lancaster and it helps me to motivate myself to work"

Jessica Tavares De Almeida, Economics and Politics

Lancaster is the perfect base to explore the surrounding areas whether it regionally, nationally or internationally. With hourly trains to Manchester Airport and regular trains to Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and the Lake District, Lancaster is a great place to begin your adventures.