Lancaster town guide
The county town of Lancashire, Lancaster standing on the River Lune, was originally a Roman camp. The Norman Castle on Castle Hill stands on the site of a Roman Military Station.
From the higher galleries of The Ashton Memorial overlooking the city, can be seen a wonderful panorama of Morecambe Bay, Blackpool, the Lune Valley, Ingleborough in Yorkshire, as well as the Lake District.
Lancaster is a university town, the modern buildings of the university being visible from the M6 to the south of the town.
The Lancaster Canal once linked Lancaster to Kendal on the edge of the English Lake District. Truncated during the construction of the M6 Motorway, a scheme is now underway to re-open this link. Together with other projects at the southern end of the canal, The Ribble Link, this once isolated section of waterway will soon be integrated with the rest of England's canals.
Not far upriver from Lancaster the "Crook of Lune" is well worth visiting for the beautiful river scenery.
This is a good tourist base for the Lake District some 35miles to the north, the Trough of Bowland and many north west coastal resorts. To make the most of this it is worthwhile renting a car to travel around the area.