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The local area guide to living in Milnthorpe

Once a port, Milnthorpe is now a quaint and picturesque market town. As part of Cumbria, it’s nestled on the edge of the Lake District National park and sits just north of Manchester, south of Carlisle.

The limestone 19th century Church of St Thomas plays a key to this medieval town’s architecture, and in July each year, it hosts an art exhibition to showcase locally crafted ceramics, paintings and pottery.

Information about the local residents

In the last count in March 2015, Milnthorpe’s population was cited at 2,194 people. Local residents’ professions are wide-ranging. Healthcare, retail, construction, farming, automotive repairs, and education are just some of the most common. Locals’ average age is equally wide-ranging, with the majority between 30-60 years old and British.

When it comes to transport, half of Milnthorpe’s households own at least one car – no real surprise given the close proximity of major cities like Carlisle, Liverpool and Manchester. And, of course, your own transport means exploring the coast and sprawling nature of the nearby Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Park.

Nearby schools

Milnthorpe and its surrounding area is anything but short of choice when it comes to schools (perhaps one of the reasons education is a key profession within this locale).

There are many state primary schools to choose from, with the highly regarded Milnthorpe Primary based in the heart of town. Other top primaries include Arnside National Church of England (CofE) School and Heversham St Peter's CofE Primary School – both just a short drive from Milnthorpe.

Secondary education choices include Dallam School, a walkable distance from most homes in Milnthorpe. Short commutes mean other highly regarded secondaries including Lancaster Royal Grammar, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Katherine Schools are within easy reach.

For those who’d prefer to send their children to public schools, there are just as many options. Windermere School and Windermere Preparatory School, Rossall School, Stonyhurst College, Kirkham Grammar School, and Giggleswick School are often regarded as the top five.

Getting around

The primary mode of transport for locals is, of course, car. The M6 motorway is within easy reach and spans from Carlisle to Preston.

Public transport is also within easy reach, Milnthorpe Train Station is only a 3-mile drive from Milnthorpe, and Silverdale Train Station just 4 miles. Both stations offer a wide choice of services and connections that run across the whole of the UK.

Importantly, when it comes to international travel, be it work or pleasure, Blackpool airport is a mere 33 miles from Milnthorpe, with Liverpool being the next closest at approximately 62 miles away.

Local shops

Unsurprisingly, this picturesque town is home to a wealth of independent shops, and all the usual essentials like hairdressers, florists, art supply shops, and beauty salons. For shopping on a larger scale, it’s just under an hour’s drive to Carlisle and just over an hour to Manchester.

Though Milnthorpe’s own town centre is something of a beauty spot. Each Friday a local farmers' market takes place in the central square. Expect fresh fruit and veg in abundance, with local butchers selling choice cuts, freshly baked bread and patisserie stalls. Pretty cottages, green lawns, leafy trees and a 19th century church simply add to the charm of the setting.

When it comes to refreshment, there’s a thriving modern edge to Milnthorpe’s offering. Contemporary cafés like No. 17 cater for a few glasses of wine or private party alike – all within in a stylish, yet relaxed atmosphere. Of course, traditional pubs are alive and well too; with The Cross Keys, The Bull’s Head ever-popular with locals.

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