Combining rural retreats with a rich historical heritage, Lancashire has plenty more to offer than its infamous hotpots! A hot air balloon ride over Lancashire provides the perfect opportunity to view many of the landmarks from a completely new perspective – or more specifically from anything up to 5,000 feet.
Described as one of the most picturesque spots in north west England, Lancashire's Crook O 'Lune lies on the cusp of a large meander in the River Lune on the doorstep of the Lake District. This popular spot provides the perfect launch site for hot air balloon flights showcasing Lancashire's stunning scenery. Most evidently captured by the inspiring artist JMW Turner and eloquently illustrated by the poets Thomas Gray and William Wordsworth, the tranquility of Crook O 'Lune may lead you to quaint Kirkby Lonsdale or the cobbled streets and intertwining lanes of Lancaster, a city that boasts a rich and diverse cultural heritage, including its own castle dating back nearly 1000 years.
Either way, flying from Crook O 'Lune will open up a seamless network of contrasting landscapes for you to enjoy from a breathtaking bird's eye view point. Whatever your flight follows the ramble of the River Lune, drifts above the rolling countryside or floats over the commotion of urban lifestyle, you'll be sure to take away everlasting memories.
Lancashire is also home to the Forest of Bowland a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Famous for its rugged and unspoilt countryside it is no surprise that it has been used as the setting for many films and television dramas. With three flight centers at various points in the 312 square-mile forest each presents its own unique offering.
The most northerly of which is Wray, an ideally located historical village on the banks of the River Hindburn which is a tributary of the River Lune. With a population of less than 500, Wray has retained its rural charm and has become famous for its week-long Scarecrow Festival while the local community make and display a large number of prioritize and often topical scarecrows throughout the village. Panoramic views including the Lancashire coastline of Morecambe Bay, home to over 100 species of bird and beautiful sunsets, the Three Peaks of Yorkshire and the Lune Valley to the north are just some of the delights on offer.
Stonyhurst College, a dramatic 16th century manor house is an additional launch site. Close to the ancient market town of Clitheroe, offering a plethora of specialist shops and a Rose Garden famous for quirky limestone and metal sculptures it acts as a great base to explore the Forest of Bowland.
Burton In Lonsdale is another great launch site, located in serene north Yorkshire and home to stone walls, rolling hills, and fresh country air to reawaken the senses. Steeped in history, this sleepy corner of the Yorkshire Dales even offers a castle, still 30 feet high, with two clearly visible baileys to the west and south. With views right off a picture postcard, there's so much to see, you're best seeing it from the air.