Why you should move to Carnforth

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 December 2009 | UPDATED: 16:03 20 February 2013

Carnforth shouldn't be just a brief encounter

One of the cinematic world's most famous scenes was filmed at Carnforth Station. But despite its Brief Encounter with fame and the droves of people that make a pilgrimage to the town's station every year, it is certainly not the only thing it has to offer.

Situated near the North Lancashire border, Carnforth and the surrounding area offers miles of walking trails and beautiful countryside, including the Lancaster Canal that cuts through the town. There is also the nearby Leighton Moss Nature Reserve and Leighton Hall, a 12th century manor that attracts hundreds of visitors to its birds of prey display held during the summer months.

The surrounding area includes Warton Crag and picturesque towns and villages like Arnside, Silverdale, Warton, Yealands and Beetham which all have their own unique character.

Detached and semi-detached properties dominate the market in Carnforth with terraced homes and apartments being less readily available. There could be some risk if you are thinking of buying an apartment as prices have fluctuated from 100,000 to 340,000 in 2004 alone. In the past few years figures have calmed down but have still risen and fallen to the tune of 60,000. It could also be difficult, but not impossible, for first time buyers wanting to jump on the property ladder.

Property prices in general lingered just below the national average from 1997 to 2003. Since then they have fluctuated but have always remained above the national level with average sale prices currently at their highest at nearly 230,000.

New developments are also springing up in the town including the new Canal View development of three, four and five bedroom homes at North Road in Carnforth.

Excellent train links to major cities including Lancaster, Preston, Manchester and Leeds run direct from Carnforth.

It is also easy to reach by car situated just off junction 35 of the M6 and for weekend trips the town also serves as the gateway to Cumbria making the Lake District and its surrounds within easy reach. Whether it is the countryside or the magic of film that lures you to Carnforth, it is well worth a look for a new home.


Property Prices:
The latest Land Registry figures show the average price of a detached home in Carnforth is 310,000, semi detached homes sell for just under 200,000, with terraced homes available for an average of 180,000 and flats selling for about 155,000.

Ups: Friendly area surrounded by beautiful countryside, good transport links, little crime and good facilities.

Downs: Quiet for teenage children and people not fond of the outdoors may find little to do.

Schools: North Road Community Primary School, 01524 732435; Christ Church CE Primary School, 01524 732536; Our Lady of Lourdes RC Primary School, 01524 732289, Carnforth County High School, 01524 732424

Transport: Carnforth Station is easily accessible from the centre. You can connect to the entire rail network from here with direct trains to Barrow, Morecambe, Preston, Manchester and Leeds. Blackpool International Airport, just over 30 miles away, is the nearest place for air travel.

Commuting: Ideally located off junction 35 of the M6 it is a good commute to nearby Lancaster, Morecambe and Heysham and Preston is within a reasonable distance. Sitting on the Cumbrian border it is also good for access to the Lake District.

Shops: There is a good selection of independent shops as well as a supermarket, local farm shop, opticians, chemist, florists, garden centres and a pet shop. Madison's butcher's shop also offers a sausage for nearly every week of the year with 50 types, including some with exotic ingredients and inventive concoctions.

Restaurants/bars: Enjoy a drink at the Canal Turn, the Lunesdale Arms or Orange Tree. There is also a good choice of food at a handful of cafes and restaurants including Chinese and Italian and pub fayre. Essence, which was awarded a rosette by the AA Restaurant Guide, serves modern a la carte British food.

Weekend fun: Visit Carnforth Station Visitor Centre to relive Brief Encounter or amble around the extensive grounds at 12th century manor house, Leighton Hall. There are also plenty of walks in and around the Lancaster Canal area for lovers of the outdoors.

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