Morecambe

Our Promenade stretching over 4½ miles is undoubtedly one of Morecambe's greatest assets.  It is a haven for nature, especially in the colder months when many birds come to the bay to overwinter.  The nationally renowned Leighton Moss is just a few miles round the Bay.

At the eastern most end of the promenade is the Venus and Cupid sculpture. Walk westward and you first pass Happy Mount Park in Bare.  Here, regional brass bands take it in turn to provide Sunday concerts in the summer season (a real treat!).  Eric Keeps a watchful eye on the central area of the promenade.  Then a little further on is the Stone Jetty and the iconic Midland Hotel, bursting with Art Deco panache.  Travelling on, past the Battery you take a slight detour away from the main coast road and the promenade then runs along Sandylands to "the cliffs".  If you are feeling in the mood you can walk the high path, but the views are just fine on the flat and there is still a way to go to reach Heysham village, which you can now see in the distance on the headland. 

Thanks to Phil Forster for Venus & Cupid statue photograph.

 Heysham

Once in Heysham old village you will see how little the core of the village has changed in over a hundred years or more. There's St Peters Church and St Patricks, a ruin on the headland with stone cut graves and a heritage centre.  There are village events over the summer (the classic car and bike rally is great - usually the 1st Sunday of August).  With a friendly pub and several cafes, you are sure to find suitable refreshments after exploring Heysham's rich history.  There are regular buses to and from Heysham so if you do feel tired there is always the option of getting the bus back.  We would say though, whilst views are amazing, the walk out is the best as it gives you a lovely view of old Heysham as you approach.

Lancaster

The historic city of Lancaster blends the old with the new. There is something for everyone throughout the year, museums, festivals and lively street markets.  There is a good shopping centre, with an even better choice of restaurants, bars, and pubs.  The City evolved on a Medieval blueprint, reflected in the cobbled streets that wind their way uphill to Lancaster Castle. Lancaster has also retained many fine examples of Georgian architecture.

Carnforth

Carnforth is east of Morecambe on the A6 about a 10 to 15 minute drive.  Carnforth train station is an interesting place.  Still a working station, but with a twist.  It has a heritage centre, some interesting shops, a super café restored to it's 1940's brilliance and the "Brief Encounter" exhibition (Carnforth station was used in the film of the same name directed by David Lean).   This is also the site of Steam Town, where many steam trains are  serviced, renovated and stored.  The station is only couple of minutes from Carnforth's main shopping street and about a 10 minute walk to the Lancaster canal.

 

Lancaster Canal

Lancaster Canal runs from Tewitfield, north of Carnforth, through Lancaster and on to the City of Preston without a single lock gate.  A branch to Glasson Dock does have some locks on it and is known as the Glasson Flight.   Glasson Dock was developed as a solution to the difficulty of ship navigation up the Lune river to Lancaster.  It was connected to both the Lancaster canal, by the Glasson flight and the rail system via a branch line that travelled along the Lune from Lancaster - now a very pleasant walking and cycling track.  Glasson has a basin where numerous boats, both sea-faring and canal-going moor.  There are two good pubs and a couple of cafes and not forgetting the 'Port of Lancaster Smokehouse'  for some culinary momentos of your visit (Glasson Dock picture, far right, reproduced with kind permission from Craig Thornber).   The canal is home to much wildlife and we have been privileged to see kingfishers, woodpeckers, herons, numerous ducks and swans and the odd merganzer going with the flow. 

Morecambe Bay  Nature, including Silverdale and Arnside

Silverdale is home to the RSPB reserve Leighton Moss.   Previously featuerd on BBC's popular Autumn Watch, the reserve is home to many bird species such as Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tit and Water Rail, as well as providing over wintering habitat for Knots, Dunlins and Canada & Greylag geese to name just a few.  Thanks to Gidzy for capturing such a great image of the Geese.

The area of Silverdale and Arnside make up an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB) covering 29 square miles.  There are coves, beaches and saltmarshes around the nearby coastline, rivers and estuaries and the limestone pavement features of Arnside Knott and Warton Crag, a highly valued and rare habitat, as well as a mixture of deciduous woodland, flood plane, hills and dells.