In Lancashire, we're not short of beauty spots and popular locations to visit.

It is no surprise to us that seaside resorts like Blackpool and or interesting cities like Lancaster are just two locations that often top peoples' lists for weekend breaks.

But, our county is made up of plenty of other places that have fantastic places to eat and quirky features.

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While these places are often overlooked, they make for a wonderful weekend away.

Here are some lovely Lancashire locations that you probably haven't even thought about visiting for a little break - but you definitely should - even if some of them might make up part of a long weekend taking in multiple spots.

Downham

Downham sits in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and sits at the bottom of Pendle Hill, not that far from Clitheroe.

It regularly features in national guides as one of the more beautiful villages in the country and it's not at all hard to see why.

You have the option of staying somewhere gorgeous in the Assheton Arms or doing something a touch different and getting a spot in the camping barn.

Worth a stay or even just a drive out.

Try: The Assheton Arms

Slaidburn

A pattern, here, then as Slaidburn also sits in the Forest of Bowland area and is equally as popular with hikers. It's a Dark Sky Discovery Site and the church of St. Andrew has a history that can be traced back ten centuries.

Hark to Bounty remains a affordable, gorgeous bed and breakfast to stay if you're looking to spend the night rather than just visit for the day.

Try: Hark to Bounty

Whalley

Whalley isn't exactly a hidden gem. It's reputation as one of the more beautiful parts of the county is well-established.

The village is filled with historic buildings, cafés and restaurants and plenty of independent shops to mooch around.

The Aspinall Arms, the Swan, Whalley Abbey and Breda Murphy are all worth a visit but really that just scratches the surface of what the place has to offer.

Try: King Street Kitchen

Whalley viaduct
Whalley viaduct

Hurst Green

Hurst Green is described as both beautiful and idyllic, with good reason, but is also reportedly haunted by Highwayman Ned King, who can be seen riding through the village late at night.

The Shireburn Arms is a gorgeous 17th century hotel name after the man who owned the land around the village, Richard Shireburn.

JRR Tolkien spent a lot of time at Stonyhurst College during the Second World War writing Lord of the Rings. The presence of Sire Lane and the River Shirebourn in his writing is unlikely to be a coincidence.

Try: The Shireburn Arms

River Ribble at Hurst Green
River Ribble at Hurst Green

Hest Bank

Moving away from the Ribble Valley now, Hest Bank is a small village close to Lancaster and is therefore a great place to stop over if you want a break to or from the Lake District.

Guide walks across Morecambe Bay or a seven mile each-way walk to Grange-over-Sands come highly recommended - if the right care is taken.

It's very popular for bird-watchers and the sand/pebble beach offers wonderful views.

Try: The Shore Café

Hest Bank
Hest Bank

Croston

Into central Lancashire now for Croston's postcardesque offering, a small village with a rich history and a population just north of 1,000.

Croston offers a number of gorgeous places to eat, with The Grapes, Panshi and The Wheatsheaf all highly recommended. Westhead Fish and Chips is also worth a go if you're lucky with the weather.

A village full of flower, colour, independent shops and pubs.

Try: The Grapes

Great Eccleston

A lovely Wyre village with a market on Wednesdays that is well worth a visit for anyone staying or holidaying in Lancashire.

Merlewood Country Park is wonderful place to stay but it's the Cartford Inn that earns Great Eccleston its spot on this list.

A multi-award winning pub, restaurant, shop and hotel - it really is one of the standout things Lancashire has to offer and is regularly named as one of the very best pubs in the country.

Try: The Cartford Inn

Wycoller

Back over to East Lancashire, this time in Pendle.

Wycoller is home to Wycoller Country Park and is an area famous for its assocation with the Bronté sisters, whho referred to the landmarks in Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. Wycoller Hall, now in ruins, is believed to be the inspiration for Ferndean Manor in Jane Eyre.

Try: The Old Diary

The Hall, a ruin today, is said to be the model for Fearndean Manor in Charlotte Bronte's "Jayne Eyre" novel.
The Hall, a ruin today, is said to be the model for Fearndean Manor in Charlotte Bronte's "Jayne Eyre" novel.

Scorton

And the final stop of our by-no-means-complete list is Scorton, close to Lancaster. It remains very popular for walkers, who go to climb up Nicky Nook for breathtaking views of Lancashire's coast, Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland fells.

Try: The Barn

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