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the Convent Garden, by George Dunlop Leslie, at Sudley House, Liverpool

The Convent Garden, Sudley House

The Convent Garden by George Dunlop Leslie (1835 – 1921)

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This scene of Whalley Viaduct, is by Lancashire Life artist Nick Oliver. See more of his work at www.smilecreative.co.uk or contact him at 01257 427465.

10 reasons to love the Ribble Valley

Unsure where to head to in the Ribble Valley? Try some of these tips from the borough’s mayor

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James I is said to have knight Sirloin in the banqueting hall

Hoghton Tower - Lancashire’s Wolf Hall has ghosts and sirloin steaks in a colourful past

With the nation gripped by the Tudors, one of our most stunning homes from the period is planning big changes in its 450th anniversary year. Roger Borrell

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Alex Curran arriving at a Bistro in Birkdale to meet her husband, Steven Gerrard for lunch

What the locals really think of Birkdale

This bustling coastal community is stepping out of the shadow of Southport with an interesting array of independent traders and friendly service, writes Rebekka O’Grady

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Toby Green

Toby Green - Rochdale AFC’s inspirational young winger

This remarkable boy hasn’t let anything stop him making a name for himself as a dazzling winger, writes Roger Borrell

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Cosima Towneley in front of Lady Mary Towneley's monument

Enjoy the countryside outside Burnley

Not far from the centre of this famous industrial hub lies some of Lancashire’s loveliest countryside. Martin Pilkington takes a tour

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Comic Actor - Utagawa Kunisada, 1854. Lewis Collection. Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Cotton to Gold: Extraordinary Collections of the Industrial North West

Riches gathered by Lancashire’s collector-philanthropists are showcased in a new London exhibition

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Tudor properties in the North West

10 of the best Tudor estates in the North West

If you have been bitten by the Wolf Hall bug there are plenty of wonderful properties in the north west where you can learn more about our Tudor heritage. Here are ten of our favourites

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Ernie, the drone, being used on a beach

Drone photography in the Lake District

Photographic drones have been in the news for the wrong reasons but two Lancashire lensmen have taken the art to new heights. Mike Glover reports

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Windermere by Sean Nolan

Why the Lake District is appealing to the Chinese tourism market

China’s vast middle class is about to overtake the Japanese in the desire to sample Lakeland’s delights, writes Mike Glover

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Wildlife

Alan Roberts in his beloved Lake District

Atherton’s Alan Roberts celebrates 50 years of guide dog ownership

Atherton’s Alan Roberts lost his sight when he was just 22. Fifty years later he is still enjoying life thanks to a succession of guide dogs. Emily Rothery reports

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Kike likes muddy weather (picture: John Noblett)

Meet Kike - the mole-catching dog

It’s one of the world’s rarest breeds and its super-sensitive nose makes her perfect for hunting out a gardener’s pest. Emily Rothery reports

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Gunner had a rough start to life but became a life-saver

Meet Gunner, the dog blood donor

It’s a little know fact that dogs give blood to save other canines. Emily Rothery reports

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The 2014 Land Rover Bursary Winners Urban Farm

The Urban Farm joins forces with the Prince’s Countryside Fund

Two young women with a passion for animals are taking their farm to schools and care homes to spread knowledge - and a little happiness

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Discover Out & About

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, in the heart of the Lake District

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in the Lake District, known affectionately as La’al Ratty meaning “ little railway “.

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Ullswater Steamers.

Ullswater Steamers, See the beauty of the Lake District by boat

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is an award winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years of operating cruises on England’s most beautiful lake.

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Great Langdale

Five of the best pub walks in the Lake District

A long walk deserves a stop at a cosy inn and Lakeland writer and photographer Vivienne Crow has agreed to share a few of her favourites

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Photography

Ernie, the drone, being used on a beach

Drone photography in the Lake District

Photographic drones have been in the news for the wrong reasons but two Lancashire lensmen have taken the art to new heights. Mike Glover reports

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Herdwick mother & lamb at Ullswater by Andrew Gregory

Lancashire Life Reader photos - Sheep

With Chinese New Year just around the corner, we’ve complied a selection of photos from both our readers and photographers alike, to showcase the sheep!

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Typhoon on a routine test flight near Windermere

Lancashire from the air - photography from a Typhoon jet

Pictures taken by the world’s fastest photographer give a new view of Lancashire

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Places

This scene of Whalley Viaduct, is by Lancashire Life artist Nick Oliver. See more of his work at www.smilecreative.co.uk or contact him at 01257 427465.

10 reasons to love the Ribble Valley

Unsure where to head to in the Ribble Valley? Try some of these tips from the borough’s mayor

Read full story »

James I is said to have knight Sirloin in the banqueting hall

Hoghton Tower - Lancashire’s Wolf Hall has ghosts and sirloin steaks in a colourful past

With the nation gripped by the Tudors, one of our most stunning homes from the period is planning big changes in its 450th anniversary year. Roger Borrell

Read full story »

Alex Curran arriving at a Bistro in Birkdale to meet her husband, Steven Gerrard for lunch

What the locals really think of Birkdale

This bustling coastal community is stepping out of the shadow of Southport with an interesting array of independent traders and friendly service, writes Rebekka O’Grady

Read full story »

Cosima Towneley in front of Lady Mary Towneley's monument

Enjoy the countryside outside Burnley

Not far from the centre of this famous industrial hub lies some of Lancashire’s loveliest countryside. Martin Pilkington takes a tour

Read full story »

Comic Actor - Utagawa Kunisada, 1854. Lewis Collection. Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Cotton to Gold: Extraordinary Collections of the Industrial North West

Riches gathered by Lancashire’s collector-philanthropists are showcased in a new London exhibition

Read full story »

Walks

River Wyre

Lancashire walk - Scorton and Wyresdale

Keith Carter discovers a lost village in the Wyresdale countryside close to the M6

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This view Stonyhurst College at Hurst Green is well worth a short detour

7 great walks in the Ribble Valley and the Forest of Bowland

A selection of walks near the A59 taking in the beauty of Pendle Hill, Ribble Valley and the Forest of Bowland

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Bow Fell towers over Upper Eskdale on the return walk from Harter Fell; Looking across Buttermere to Fleetwith Edge; The Langdale Pikes in winter; Castlerigg Stone Circle; From Silver Crag, looking across Ullswater to St Sunday Crag

Five of the best lowland Lake District winter walks

Outdoors writer and photographer Vivienne Crow picks some of her favourite lowland Lake District walks for winter

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Bridge at Sawley

Lancashire walk - Sawley, Ribble Valley

Keith Carter steps through Lancashire’s heritage on a walk from Sawley to Bolton by Bowland

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Gifts for walkers

Gifts for walkers and people on the go

Inspire ramblers and hikers to get up and go with our favourite Christmas presents for people who love the outdoors.

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Out & About Showcase

Morecambe and Wize

Morecambe and Wize - Desperately seeking Silvia

Turn the clock back to May 2012: my wife and I were celebrating our silver wedding anniversary and had just been on a short road trip to get away from the daily grind.

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Hepplestone Fine Art Gallery - Fabian Perez The Embrace III

The Art of Christmas Gift Buying

Picking personal and thoughtful Christmas gifts is never an easy task but Katy Bettridge of Hepplestone Fine Art Gallery in Heskin, takes us through a few arty suggestions for the ultimate in Festive giving.

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Stonyhurst Sixth Form

The benefits of attending Stonyhurst in the Sixth Form

An excellent boarding school, such as Stonyhurst, can make a world of difference to a sixth former’s outlook and prospects.

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Alternative ideas for your hen do

Alternative ideas for your hen do

The hen do, like the wedding, should only come around once in a lifetime.

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Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form

Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form continues its long-standing tradition of academic excellence

Staff and students at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form are celebrating once again, as 2014 proved to be another outstanding year with an A Level pass rate of 100% and a Vocational pass rate of 99.8%!

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