Bilsborrow is a perfect place to stay and explore, not only the historic village with its medieval barn and historic aqueduct, but the surrounding area as well. The Lancaster Canal, situated just behind Olde Duncombe House links Preston to Kendal and is one of the country's few coastal canals. Built along the lie of the land it offers 41 miles of lock free cruising - the longest stretch in the country.
Places to Eat
A short distance from the cottage Guys Thatched Hamlet, serves high quality food at reasonable prices.
Accros the road is the Roebuck a Chef & Brewer pub serving fine food
Further afield :
Garstang has several good pubs and Pipers Restaurant (http://www.pipersrestaurant.co.uk/)
In the Forest of Bowland is The Inn at Whitewell ( www.theinnatwhitewell.com) which has won many awards for its food.
Out and About in Lancashire:
Whilst there may not be that many bars and shops, you'll never be short of something to do when you stay at Olde Duncombe House. A stroll along the Lancaster canal is well worth it but please remain respectful of the countryside code at all times. To view it, click here.
Myerscough College (www.myerscough.ac.uk) is only 1 mile away making it very accessible for parents visiting students. It is also convenient for academics visiting from around the UK and abroad.
The following links will aid your discovery of this beautiful area:
For those of you who like to explore the outdoors, Beacon Fell Country Park is just 4 miles away from the house and is teeming with wildlife.
The cottage is situated on the main Lancashire cycle way northern loop and is an ideal starting and finishing point - see https://www.routeyou.com/en-gb/route/view/4003123/cycle-route/ncn-route-nr-90-lancashire-cycleway-northern-loop
Narrow boats can be hired on the Lancaster Canal from Lancaster Canal Cruises (www.lccruises.co.uk)
or take a leisurely sail or a guided tour, enjoy the market town of Garstang with its weekly market (Thursday), explore the beautiful Forest of Bowland (www.forestofbowland.com) and Lune Valleyhttp://www.citycoastcountryside.co.uk/lune-valley-and-countryside .
The immediate area : www.visitwyre.co.uk
For a pleasant afternoon visit Arnside - http://www.arnside-online.co.uk/
Explore the County - www.visitlancs.co.uk
Garstang (the world's first fairtrade town) - www.garstang.net
Lancaster Castle - http://www.lancastercastle.com/
Williamson Park Lancaster - http://www.lancaster.gov.uk/sports-and-leisure/parks-and-open-spaces/williamson-park/
The Pendle Witches - http://www.pendlewitches.co.uk/
Samlesbury Hall (one of the most haunted locations in Britain) - http://www.samlesburyhall.co.uk
Dukes Theatre in Lancaster - http://www.dukes-lancaster.org/
National Trust Rufford Old Hall - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/rufford-old-hall/
While you're here why not spend a day in Blackpool - http://www.theblackpooltower.com/
The Lake District is just a short 45 minute drive away - http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/
Visit the picturesque towns of Clitheroe (- http://www.visitclitheroe.co.uk/) and spend some time at Bashall Barn Farm Shop and Restaurant - http://www.bashallbarn.co.uk/ or have a meal at The Inn at Whitewell www.innatwhitewell.com or The Waddington Arms http://www.waddingtonarms.co.uk/