8 of the Best Coastal Walks in the Morecambe Bay AreaJames Brockbank
Lancashire is home to some of the best coastline in the UK, particularly Morecambe Bay, where the landscape changes from limestone crags to saltmarshes, farmland and of course, the seaside towns such as Morecambe itself.
A stroll by the coast is one of the best things to do during a visit to the area, or if you live locally, so we’ve rounded up some of our favourites.
Starting out at the very top of Morecambe Bay, the marshes near Cark and Flookburgh make up a small part of the Cumbria Coastal Way which stretches all the way around the county, up to the border with Scotland.
The old fashion villages themselves are known for their famous potted shrimp and have plenty of character.
Arnside Knott is a hill that’s not too challenging but offers some incredible views out over the bay.
It’s also well-known as a habitat for multiple types of birds and wildlife and it’s also very easy to get to from our cottages here in Silverdale.
This series of four walks are all based around the village or Carnforth and the multiple marshes and sandbanks that sit just inland from the bay itself.
Home to a variety of wading birds and shellfish, the Lancaster Canal links much of the local area and while it used to be a thriving industrial transport route, these days, it makes for one the county’s best beauty spots.
Situated between Morecambe itself and Bolton-le-Sands, Hest Bank makes for a nice and easy walk with lots of flat marshland to explore, where you might also spot some of the local salt marsh lamb which graze in the grassy marshes.
This walk takes in some of the Lancaster Canal towpath too and is around eight miles long.
Warton Crag is the highest point in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, at 163m. When you get to the top you’ll discover the ruins of an Iron Age fort, as well as some great views, of course.
Once you’ve made your way back down, you can pop into the New Inn at Yealand for some well-earned refreshments.
One of the lesser-known walks along the bay is Sunderland Point, a village which is bursting with history from its shipbuilding heyday.
The village is home to some beautiful Georgian homes, but the main highlight is Sambo’s Grave at the end of the peninsula, which is the poignant resting place of a slave left behind by his master and a sombre reminder of the key role which the area played in the slave trade.
Just note that access to Sunderland Point is dependent on the tide!
Visitors to Ulverston will immediately spot this landmark looking out over the town from atop its hill.
Also known as the Pepper Pot by locals, the monument resembles a lighthouse. During the summer you can climb the spiral staircase within for an amazing panoramic view of both the Furness Peninsula and Morecambe Bay. Be sure to have a proper look round the market town of Ulverston while you’re in the area too.
If you’re staying at any of our cottages here in Silverdale, this one is right on your doorstep! Silverdale truly is one of the most beautiful places surrounding the bay and this is one of the best walks to enjoy in the local area.
The Point itself is a small headland with a grade II listed chimney believed to have been part of a copper mining facility in the 18th century, as well as what remains of Walduck’s Wall, which was an attempt to reclaim some of the land between here and Carnforth, which were submerged by the bay’s sands in the late 19th century, only to re-emerge in 1975.
To explore all of these walks and many more for yourself, be sure to check our availability here at Holgates Cottage Collection.