Things to do as a Student in Lancashire During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Elias Hubbard
September 22, 2020

 The whole world seems to be on hold. COVID has brought the country to a stand-still, and even though it is getting better, getting back to normal, it is still easy to feel isolated and restricted from doing the things we love.

One group of people who are finding this particularly hard is the students. Students are one of the most sociable demographics in any country, and they are feeling the isolation more than most. It isn’t all rainy days and misery, though; here in Lancashire, students from the University of Central Lancashire are finding new ways to enjoy themselves and enjoying some of the old ways too.

Here are some great things to do if you are a student in Lancashire during Covid-19.

Lake Windermere and the Lake District

No student from this part of the country should give up a chance to visit the Lake District. This beautiful national park contains some of the most beautiful scenery in the entire country. With thousands of campsites, many of which are extremely cheap to pitch a tent in at the moment, it really is a great time to visit.

One particular place we highly recommend is Lake Windermere. Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in the entirety of England. Fed by a number of rivers, it is 220 feet deep and 10.5 miles long. Bowness-on-Windermere is the most popular resort spot in the entire of the lake district and draws visitors to its idyllic scenes every single year.

The lake is also one of the best places in the country to engage in some water sports. If you are into your sailing, there is nowhere better.

If you prefer a quieter village, head to Coniston or Grasmere, which are gorgeous little villages with their own small lakes to explore.

Forest of Bowland

Another natural beauty spot, the Forest of Bowland, commonly known as Bowland Fells, is a must-see area in northeast Lancashire. If you are a student at the University of Central Lancashire, this is only a short drive away and is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1964.

This amazing area consists of deep valleys and moorland, as well as the geographic centre of Great Britain.

The Forest of Bowland contains some amazing views and vantage points. You have Longridge Fell, which is in the south of the area and lays claim to being the southernmost fell in the country. You can walk all the way up to the small village of Chipping and through the beautiful forested hill that leads up to it. On a clear day at the top of the fell, you can see as far as Snowdonia!

Then you have Nicky Nook, which offers impressive views with a more gentle incline, making it perfect for an early morning stroll. You could potentially see as far as the Isle of Man from atop it.

For those of you who love the Lord of the Rings, you should head over to the village of Hurst Green, which has a local trail nearby that is said to have inspired the author when he visited. This stroll inspired many areas from the well-loved books and films, such as the Shire.

Finally, you have Crook O’Lune, which is a fabulous beauty spot located on one of the bends of the River Lune. This spot is really close to the M6, which makes it exceptionally easy to get to. This is one of our favourite picnic spots and has views so fantastic that famous artist J.M.W Turner himself painted it in one of his pieces.

Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle is one of the most historical sites In England, with origins that date back over 1000 years. This English Heritage site is one of the only surviving castles that can date back to the Roman times where it defended the town of Lancaster from invading scots atop the hill it is located on.

The castle is owned by the Queen to this day and has seen numerous important incidents throughout its lifetime. The castle has witnessed the burning of the “Lancashire Witches,” an event where 200 women were burnt and drowned for a range of reasons, and up until 2011, it was still a functioning HM Prison.

It really is a must-see landmark for those who spend any amount of time in Lancaster. Currently, guests are free to wander the grounds and can even venture inside if you book a tour. COVID regulations are followed strictly, meaning you can enjoy a safe day out within the castle walls.

There we have it, and for those students looking for something to do to pass the time in these strange times, we have given you three excellent choices, ones that we would recommend highly to everyone.

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