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Lancashire villages?
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LaBurraRioja · 10/08/2020 16:48

Any suggestions for Lancashire villages or smaller towns that have a few independent shops, some public transport, decent places to eat and a low-ish crime rate? A great local community to make new friends would be a welcome bonus too.

We don't need schools as this, if it happens, is an early retirement move.


One big concern for us in the next few years is going to be needing a good hospital as DH has a long term health complaint which will need more treatment in the future.

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LaBurraRioja · 10/08/2020 16:50

Also should add that we would prefer countryside to coast.

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SwedishEdith · 10/08/2020 16:54

Off the top of my head, Ormskirk, Parbold, Burscough and Birkdale might suit what you.

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Tigger03 · 10/08/2020 16:56

Clitheroe, Whalley, Kirkby Lonsdale (latter doesn’t have a train station though).

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catndogslife · 10/08/2020 17:04

Kirkham and Garstang may be suitable small towns.

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carolebaskinfedhimtothetigers · 10/08/2020 17:07

Lytham or Ansdell (I wouldn't personally recommend St Annes), Garstang, Burscough or Clitheroe

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carolebaskinfedhimtothetigers · 10/08/2020 17:07

Sorry didn't see you said no coast!

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BobbinThreadbare123 · 10/08/2020 17:08

Kirkby Lonsdale is in Cumbria.
Garstang and Kirkham are good shouts. Any of the villages between Lancaster and Preston on the A6 puts you within striking distance of some shopping, couple of hospitals and lovely countryside.

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OVienna · 10/08/2020 17:09

Can I ask why Lancashire and not Yorkshire? Wink Espec if you prefer countryside to coast.

You could do great villages near Leeds, Harrogate, Darlington where there is good access to healthcare. Or York - TBH.

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Llamapolice · 10/08/2020 17:11

Edgworth is lovely

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jitterbugintomybrain · 10/08/2020 17:11

Clitheroe, Ramsbottom, Barrowford, Edgeworth.

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Scoobyscoobedydoo · 10/08/2020 17:15

Caton, Brookhouse, Hornby all only a few miles from Lancaster city centre but lovely villages.

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LadyCatStark · 10/08/2020 17:17

Kirkham isn’t very rural though. Garstang would be perfect for you though. It has a big Aldi, small Sainsbury’s and a Booths. It has a small square of shops in the same area. It has a swimming pool and a canal to walk along and nice pubs. It’s also close to Barton Grange (big garden centre and entertainment place) and Guys Thatched Hamlet (restaurants). It’s 15 mins from the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (avoid going to Blackpool hospital, it’s minging).

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chunkyrun · 10/08/2020 17:21

Kirkham, Ribble valley, samelsbury, catforth, Woodplumpton, clifton, Eccles, Barton, croston

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SwedishEdith · 10/08/2020 17:25

Maybe just use Booths stores in Lancashire as a guide?

www.booths.co.uk/stores/

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Spandang · 10/08/2020 17:28

Definitely live near a Booths Grin

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OVienna · 10/08/2020 17:44

"Follow the Booths map" - that us hysterical and High Mumsnet.

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BobbinThreadbare123 · 10/08/2020 17:55

I have now lived in three places which have a Booths. I can recommend that method for finding somewhere to live. Perhaps not so much by the hospital in Preston but I guess it counts as being close to one...!
I can also make the disclaimer that I am not remotely middle class, as I am an escapist Scouser.

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LemonSquash94 · 10/08/2020 17:59

I live in Burscough, we have a Booths Wink

Seriously though, it’s a gorgeous place to live, and there are two major hospitals within a 30-40 minute drive (not bad on public transport either) as well as more local ones too for your DH.

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SwedishEdith · 10/08/2020 18:00

I'm not sure I've even been in a Booths Grin.

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LaBurraRioja · 10/08/2020 18:17

Loads of great suggestions here, thanks everyone!
Some places that I've never heard of and will investigate further, some I've heard of but never visited, some that we are already considering (Whalley/Clitheroe environs).

Booths would be a great asset - we currently live in Cheshire and I shop at our local one regularly. Wink

As for why not Yorkshire - we'd consider Skipton and Harrogate for sure. I lived in Harrogate in my 20s and loved it.

Coast isn't an absolute no, just that we'd prefer countryside.

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GuppytheCat · 10/08/2020 18:20

Keep an eye on recent flooding records if you go for Whalley.

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GuyFawkesDay · 10/08/2020 18:23

Mawdesley
Bretherton
Wrea Green
Kirkby Lonsdale
Mellor
Clitheroe

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Scrambledbeans · 10/08/2020 18:31

Longridge- also has a booths!

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Ghostofborleyrectory · 10/08/2020 18:33

Wray and Dolphinholme are lovely

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OVienna · 10/08/2020 18:38

Skipton is a bit more remote though. If the proximity to the hospital is a priority, I'd go for villages around Harrogate. Ripon could also suit?

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