Carnforth

Places to visit - Carnforth - Furness Line
 Inside the Heritage Centre at Carnforth Station.
Travel writer and author Michael Williams and staff from Lancaster & Morecambe College with student art  at Carnforth station.   (JT)
Places to visit - Carnforth - Furness Line
Carnforth Marina on the Lancaster Canal.


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Carnforth is a busy, friendly town with a good selection of shops, and is famous for its associations with the film 'Brief Encounter'. The town  has a population of under 6,000 but is situated close to junction 35 on the M6 motorway. It is also located on the Lancaster Canal, close to the northern-most point of canal navigation in England, and 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 5 miles/8 km to the south.

The station is home to the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room, modelled on the setting for the 1945 David Lean film, the Carnforth Station Visitor Centre and a range of shops either side of the booking office. Connecting buses stop close to the station and the former attraction known as Steamtown, is now a base for West Coast Railways, a private company that supplies locomotives and carriages for charter trains. The company also operates charter trains and many of these start or call at Carnforth. These trains are a treat for the steam enthusiasts and for families who want a relaxing way of enjoying the beautiful scenery pass by the carriage windows.

Just over a mile away is the village of Warton, which has connections with the family of George Washington. Inside the Church, visitors can find the family coat of arms which formed the propotype for the flag of the U.S.A. The winding paths of Warton Crag Nature Reserve take visitors through a wealth of wildflowers and foliage to the Beacon at the top, where there are superb views across the sands.

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. 

Some tourist information is available in the station and in the Visitor Centre.