Lancashire's coastal plain is somewhat different to the hills with which I'm more familiar. Big horizons feel 'wrong', as do large fields without dry stone walls!
The boulder clay deposits overlying Triassic sand/mudstones have poor natural drainage, so the entire area was only colonised in the 16th Century, following drainage works. It still feels rather empty, and the few buildings generally seem utilitarian rather than quaint.
The pale patch at the foot of the smaller, central hill on the skyline is Lancaster University, about 14km (9 miles) away. The Ashton Memorial is apparent in the full-size source image but seems to occupy less than a pixel in this reduced version.
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