A Proud and rich railway heritage has put Carnforth firmly on the map for tourists, movie buffs and train lovers.
Carnforth, which sits near the border with Lancashire and Cumbria, expanded around its railway station made famous by the romantic film Brief Encounter starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. Produced in 1945 by David Lean, Brief Encounter captured the hearts of the war generation. At Carnforth Train Station there is now a fantastic Brief Encounter-style tearoom where you can soak up the atmosphere and watch the trains trundle by. A new addition to the station is The Snug ‘micropub’ which offers real ales, snacks and a friendly atmosphere. But Carnforth isn’t all about trains – it has a friendly market, many wonderful independent shops and businesses, visitor attractions and services. Several of the independent shops can be found on Market Street and the town also has two large supermarkets. Nearby attractions include Leighton Hall historic house and Leighton Moss RSPB reserve. Both of these attractions draw huge numbers of visitors. Leighton Hall, which dates back to 1246, puts on events throughout the year and is in an incredibly beautiful setting. The public can visit the house and grounds as well as enjoying the tearooms and watching falconry displays. In nearby Silverdale Leighton Moss is a fantastic place for the whole family to visit. Everyone from twitchers to complete novices can enjoy watching all sorts of birds at the reserve. It also has a welcoming café and a RSPB shop. Carnforth is surrounded by countryside designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is popular with walkers and tourists. The Lancaster Canal runs through Carnforth linking it with nearby settlements including Bolton-le-Sands, Slyne and Hest Bank. Tewitfield Locks make for an interesting visit and nearby there is a great pub and farm village attraction. In the centre of Carnforth there’s a host of superb pubs and restaurants where you can relax after a walk or visit to the town.