Carnforth

Romance is right on track when you embark on a journey to Carnforth.

Only five miles north of Morecambe, Carnforth’s location was just perfect for Oscar-winning director, Sir David Lean, when he chose the town’s railway station  to film the most iconic scenes for his 1945 classic Brief Encounter,  described as one of the greatest romantic films of all time.

Almost 70 years on, you can watch the film in the award winning Visitor Centre at Carnforth Station, take your picture under the famous clock which featured so prominently and enjoy a romantic taste of days gone by in the faithfully replicated Refreshment Room. Carnforth’s proud history as a railway town is also reflected at the Visitor Centre which offers fascinating exhibitions, regular events and a gift shop.

Just a short stroll away in this compact town full of independent shops, is Carnforth Book Shop, which stocks more than 100,000 second-hand and antiquarian books plus a selection of new books, gifts and toys.

If outdoor pursuits are more your style, visit Warton Crag which overlooks Carnforth and is ideal for hiking, climbing and abseiling. The village of Warton, the ancestral home of America’s first President, George Washington, is well worth discovering too. Also nearby is the canal network which links Carnforth to many of the surrounding villages and beautiful countryside.

Don’t miss visiting Leighton Hall, the ancestral home of the famous furniture-making Gillow dynasty. As well as touring the beautiful house and grounds, you can watch birds of prey displays followed by refreshments in the café – or delight the kids in the children’s play area. Leighton Hall hosts car rallies, concerts and theatre productions during the summer.

Then don’t forget to visit Greenlands Farm Village where there’s something for everyone from fun and farming to shopping and relaxing, which is less than a mile away from Carnforth.

And if you fancy seeing where the BBC’s 2014 series of Autumnwatch was filmed, RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay Nature Reserve is just a few miles away, proving that Carnforth and the surrounding district continue to be a star attraction.