Things to do in Morecambe
A beautiful, seaside destination, Morecambe Bay lies between Lancashire and the Lake District.
Stretching from the mouth of the River Wyre at Fleetwood all the way past Morecambe, Heysham and Grange-Over-Sands to the South West of Cumbria, Morecambe Bay offers some of the most beautiful coastline in Britain. Visitors to the Bay are often surprised by the golden sandy beaches that seem to stretch on forever, with rocky outcrops, dramatic salt marshes and tranquil coves, which all play host to a unique ecosystem of flora and fauna. You can experience the beauty of this awe-inspiring coastline from around the Bay from any of the headlands, which offer spectacular seascape views.
Morecambe Bay is one of the most important wildlife sites in Europe, offering opportunities for a range of incredible wildlife experiences. A quarter of a million waders, wildfowl and gulls can be found here – either wintering, breeding, or passing through on their migrations. There is also a diverse range of marine creatures, such as seals, found around the Bay.
For active visitors, you may be interested that a number of long distance walking and cycling routes start (or finish) in the Morecambe Bay area. These include the Way of the Roses (long distance cycle route from Morecambe Bay to Bridlington Bay) and the Lancashire Coastal Way. For something more gentle, there are cycle routes along Morecambe Promenade, where you can take in the breath-taking beauty of the Bay. For walkers, the cross-bay walk is a popular nine-mile trek from Arnside to Kents Bank, but beware of deep water, quick sands and tides. It generally takes about three hours or more to complete the walk. Walks are also available with tour guides.
As the home of the beloved comedic legend Eric Morecambe, who took his stage name from the coastal town, Morecambe Bay is a splendid tribute to the man himself. Visitors can observe the larger-than-life statue of the comedian in his most iconis pose, set against the Bay’s stunning backdrop. In addition, you can visit the award-winning Leighton Hall, home to the famous furniture making Gillow dynasty. Elsewhere, Happy Mount Park, originally created in the 1920s, provides a wonderful, modern, family friendly area with activities for all ages.