Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England. It takes its name from the city of Lancaster, although Lancaster is still considered to be the county town, Lancashire County Council is based in Preston.
Lancashire emerged during the Industrial Revolution as a major commercial and industrial region. The county encompassed several hundred mill towns and collieries. By the 1830s, approximately 85% of all cotton manufactured worldwide was processed in Lancashire
To the west of the county are the West Lancashire Coastal Plain in the south, and the Fylde coastal plain north of the Ribble Estuary. Further north is Morecambe Bay. To the east of the county are upland areas leading to the Pennines. North of the Ribble is Beacon Fell Country Park and the Forest of Bowland.
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In 1652, George Fox was so inspired by the view from Pendle Hill in Lancashire that he founded the Quaker movement, which exists to this day. Just like Fox, you'll be inspired by the beauty and variety in Lancashire.
The Forest of Bowland, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a beautiful stretch of rugged, unspoilt countryside covering 312 square miles of rural Lancashire and adjacent Yorkshire. Geologically it's part of the main Pennine range and its series of gritstone fells bisecting remarkable sweeps of heather-covered moorland are perfect for gentle walks, tree-lined mountain biking and fishing
Blackpool, Lancashire is Britain's most popular holiday destination, there's a breathtaking new seafront, world class events, and spectacular lighting shows, while still being home to some of the UK's best loved attractions.
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