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Our Promenade stretching over 4½ miles is undoubtedly one of Morecambe's greatest assets. It is a haven for nature all year round, but 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 from Morecambe.
From the Venus and Child Near Hest Bank you can walk along the prom passing Happy Mount Park in Bare, where a selection of brass bands take it in turn to provide Sunday concerts in the summer season. Eric Keeps a watchful eye on the central area of the prom. Then a little further on is the Stone Jetty and the iconic Midland Hotel, bursting with Art Deco panache. Stop to watch the sun go down from the terrace of the Midland's Rotunda Bar, or look back to see the sunset reflected in the Midland's expansive restaurant windows. The Platform is currently Morecambe's main music venue, but you will find live music in other venues around the town.
Travelling on, past the Battery you take a slight detour away from the main coast road and the prom then runs along Sandylands into "the cliffs". If you are feeling in the mood you can walk the high path, but the views are just fine on the prom and there is still a way to go to reach Heysham village, which you can now see in the distance on the headland. It has changed very little from the old picture postcard below.
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, a heritage centre and 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 generally the walk out is the best as it gives you a lovely view of old heyasham as you approach, not so different from the old picture here.
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. Goods flowed through both routes, but even though some goods are still shipped via Glasson, things are a little quieter here now. 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 (picture reproduced with kind permission from Craig Thornber)
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).
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 runs from Tewitfield, north of Carnforth, through Lancaster and on to the City of Preston without a single lock gate. A branch to Glasson does have some locks on it and is known as the Glasson Flight. 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.
There are various stop-offs enroute for refreshment at Tewifield, right down to Preston wherever you hit a town, city, or village. The walk from Lancaster to Galgate, then down the Glasson flight to Glasson Dock and back along the Lune River is a good walk of 10 miles or more, but well worth the effort and none of the walking is challenging terrain. The worst you might be faced with is a few muddy patches after heavy rain.
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
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.
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