Activities

CYCLING

There is plenty of cycling to be had in and around Garstang. The area is flat and the moss roads enjoy very little traffic. For more information on cycling in the area please see the Exploring Garstang section of the website or log on to www.garstangcyclingclub.net

FITNESS SUITE/GYM

Incorporating the latest gym equipment, including treadmills and rowing machines, as well as free weights, Smith’s machine and 8 individual weight stations in a brand new, purpose-built, air-conditioned setting. Located at the YMCA Leisure Centre by the Booths car park on Windsor Road. Open to the public 7 days per week. Call 01995 605410 for more details or visit www.fyldecoastymca.org/garstang

WALKING

The Garstang area is renowned for its excellent walking. From healthy walks to short circular routes and from hill treks to the 46-mile Wyre Way, all abilities are catered for. For more information on walking in the area please see the Exploring Garstang section of the website.

GOLF

Set on the banks of the Rivers Wyre and Calder, Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Course provides an 18 Hole Parkland Course, which measures 6,050 yards with a Par 68. It provides an interesting test on the outward nine holes leading to some longer challenging back nine holes. Also available is a 300 yard, 18 bay floodlit Driving Range with practice area for those who want to improve their game. For a society or corporate golf day, we can adequately cater for all parties no matter how many players are involved, and put together a package to suit individual needs. For more information please call 01995 600100 or click here.

SWIMMING

The town swimming pool is located at Oak Road, Garstang and is open to the public each weekday during term time and daily during school holidays. Our 20-metre pool is heated for your comfort and offers a full range of swimming sessions including aqua aerobics, fun inflatables and lessons for both young and old. Parents can bring their babies to our popular parent & babies sessions and pre-school children can enjoy ‘ducklings’ swimming lessons.

Coaching is available for beginners, improvers and advanced swimmers as well as adult classes and fitness sessions. Intensive swimming sessions are also available during school holidays. Also popular is the Garstang amateur swimming club, organised and run by experienced coaches. For more information on the pool please call 01995 604340.

FISHING

Many people come to this area to enjoy fishing, which is available on the River Wyre, the Lancaster Canal and at a variety of nearby coarse fishing lakes.

For information on fishing on the River Wyre at Garstang, please contact Andy Moreland at Wyre Borough Council on 01995 604639.

YMCA LEISURE CENTRE

Whether you are looking for the latest in fitness classes, traditional sports activities such as badminton and football – or if you simply want to keep the children busy and active then we can help. The YMCA offer a variety of fitness and exercise options. The gym provides a total body workout with treadmills, bikes, rowers and free weights equipment or there are aerobic and fitness classes – from gentle aerobics to line dancing, yoga and salsa we have something for every age and ability! Mums and Dads can bring their ‘little ones’ to Creepy Crawlies where they can enjoy fun and games with soft play, trikes and toys.

Older children can train to be future stars with the junior activity programme providing soccer skills, judo, ju jitsu, netball and rugby. Or alternatively they can come along to the Fun Club during school holidays and enjoy an action packed programme of arts, crafts, sports and swimming. Many sports clubs and organisations also run classes from our centre, including badminton, volleyball, netball, football and kung fu. Windsor Road, Garstang, call 01995 605410 for more details.

CANOEING

Canoeing is a great way to explore the waterway, and if you’re keen to try the sport, a number of clubs which use the canal. You can ring either Garstang Canoe & Kayak Club on 07968 585534 or email us on secretary@garstangcanoeclub.co.uk or visit our website www.garstangcanoeclub.co.uk. For more general information call the British Canoe Union on 0115 982 1100.

Being a contour canal, with 41 miles of flat water, the Lancaster Canal is ideal for canoeing and the use of other unpowered craft. It is ideally suited to Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and other outdoor schemes. The local waterway office can give advice on access and waterside campsites and give access to sanitary facilities if needed.

Please be aware, however, that you need a permit to use the canal. If you are a member of the British Canoe Union, this permit is included in your membership. If you are not in the BCU, please ring the Waterway Office to discuss your requirements.

Picnicking

There is an attractive riverside picnic area on the banks of the River Wyre next to the High Street car park, which gives lovely views of the castle, and Forest of Bowland. The riverside trail runs from the main car park through to the Millennium Green and allows for lovely views of the Bowland Fells. The Millennium Green is an area of rural open space along the River Wyre owned and managed by the Garstang Millennium Green Trust. It has level surfaced paths and sculptures as well as areas of long grass managed for wild flowers.

Boating

The Lancaster Canal is navigable for 41 miles, and winds through some of the most spectacular scenery in the North West of England. Being a contour canal, the full length of the canal is lock free – the longest stretch in the country, making it popular for the experienced and novice alike. For those seeking a more challenging journey, there are six locks on the Glasson arm bringing you to Glasson Port in Morecambe Bay.

There are several hire bases on the canal, so you can rent a boat for a week’s cruising – or, following the construction of the Millennium Ribble Link, you can also now bring your own boat from anywhere else on the waterway system. Maximum boat dimensions on the Lancaster Canal itself are 72ft (length), 14ft (width), 8ft (headroom) and 3ft (draught), but please note the Ribble Link and the Leeds & Liverpool Rufford Branch are more limiting. For more information visit www.waterscape.com.