Carnforth is a busy, friendly town with a good selection of shops, and is famous for its associations with the film ‘Brief Encounter’.
Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is a brilliant, nostalgic, visitor centre with permanent exhibitions. It has a range of shops either side of its booking office and is home to the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room, modelled on the setting for the 1945 David Lean film. It is a very popular place for enjoying afternoon tea and light refreshments. The adjoining Heritage Centre gives an interesting account of Carnforth’s history along with the background of the making of the film.
Leighton Hall, Carnforth, is the historic home of the Gillow family. The home is in a stunning location with attractive gardens and rolling parkland. Tours are available and there is also a lovely café.
Warton Village is within easy walking distance from Carnforth to see the ruined remains of the Warton Old Rectory, once the local manor house, and the lovely St Oswald’s Church.
There are cycle routes and foot paths along the Lancaster Canal with some attractive waterside pubs along the route. Tour boats also operate along the canal in the summer months.
The town is situated close to junction 35 on the M6 motorway. It has direct rail connections to Leeds via Skipton and the scenic Leeds-Morecambe railway line, also known as The Bentham Line. Connections to London, Windermere and Manchester take place at Lancaster, just a few miles to the south.
The Tea Rooms at Carnforth Station are now exhibiting a wide range of original paintings and prints by members of Bolton-le-Sands Art Society. The art is also for sale – as are the Tea Room’s delicious cakes and coffee!