Where the sea meets the sky, Morecambe Bay remains one of Britain’s great unspoilt landscapes.

Morecambe Bay In north west Lancashire and south Cumbria a short journey from Manchester, Liverpool and the M6 motorway is a place of light and space, where outstanding beaches and coastal scenery meet the Lake District fells, a place with unique wildlife and habitats, a resting place for migrating birds and human visitors, a place to walk and talk, a place to cycle on coastal walking and cycle trails, and a great place for outdoor adventures.

Kite flying at Morcambe Bay
Jazz and Kite Festival at Morecambe Bay © Arnold Price.

Morecambe Bay is one of the best places in the UK for a range of high octane outdoor activities from sailing to powered para gliding, windsurfing, mountain biking, horse riding and kite surfing. It is also home to distinctive local Lancashire and Cumbrian food and with a selection of camping sites, caravan parks, high quality B&B and hotel accommodation with a vibrant local culture and night life a weekend visit or longer holiday stay is easy for everyone.

Morecambe Bay covers an area of some three hundred and ten square kilometres and stretches from Barrow in Furness in the north to Fleetwood in the south, taking in towns like Ulverston, Grange-over-Sands, Morecambe, Lancaster and Knott End along with villages and hamlets in between.

Many rivers flow into Morecambe Bay, the Lune Estuary with Glasson Dock and Sunderland Point and the Wyre Estuary at Knott End on Sea, Fleetwood worthy of note, these estuaries add greatly to the diversity of wildlife living around or visiting Morecambe Bay on their annual migration paths.

With a massive intertidal zone and around five percent of the UK’s total salt marshes Morecambe Bay includes some wonderful wildlife habitats. With historic promenades, hills and headlands, coastal trails, areas of industry and of course the ebb and flow of the tide Morecambe Bay remains a vibrant area with a variety of interests to suit the whole family.

It is a space and place that demands an emotional response, it is valued and loved. And it is still a quiet unspoilt place where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life to recharge your batteries and refresh your soul. The headlands and promenades offer spectacular, seascape views, the hardy and adventurous can take a guided walk across the sands and each and everyone can look up across the tidal sand and mud flats towards the majesty of the Lake District or eastwards to the Bowland Fells.

Fun and excitement for all the family.

Morecambe Bay is one of the finest places in England and indeed the whole of the the UK to participate in wind and water-based outdoor activities, with support, training and facilities for all ages and skill levels from beginners to the most adventurous adrenalin junkies. Why not treat yourself and book a trial fun sail, or a two day beginners sailing course, or even learn to sea kayak? Kayaking around Morecambe Bay is an excellent way to experience this unique seascape, with a range of routes to suit different skill levels, and the excitement of canoeing the tidal bore Morecambe Bay is one of only five places in Britain to have a tidal bore.

A word of caution though, do seek local advice on tides before kayaking on Morecambe Bay.

Morecambe Bay, its beaches and intertidal zone is also an excellent place to watch or participate in kite sports with two great locations at Barrow in Furness to the north and Fleetwood to the south. Keep an eye out for some of the great kite sport events that take place on Morecambe Bay, including competition kite surfing, kite land board, kite buggy freestyle and kite surf course racing.

Outstanding beauty around the Bay.

Morecambe Bay has some of the most beautiful walks in Britain. Whatever your fitness level the Bay offers walks that are easily accessed with never to be forgotten views. Possibly the most memorable way to experience Morecambe Bay is to take a guided walk across the Sands with the Queen’s Guide (call 015395 34026 to book). The guided walks take place from May to September each year but do not attempt this walk without a guide, it is too dangerous! Some of the best views around Morecambe Bay are from Arnside Knott, Hampsfell Hospice, Hoad Hill and Humphrey Head.

A number of long distance walking and cycling routes start in the Morecambe Bay area, including the Walney to Wear, Limestone Link, Way of the Roses (long distance cycle route from Morecambe Bay to Bridlington Bay), Lune Valley Ramble, Wyre Way and the Lancashire Coastal Way following the coast from Fleetwood to Pilling Sands and Cockerham Sands to Lancaster via Glasson Dock and the Lune Estuary. Morecambe Bay’s communities are situated conveniently for walkers to also enjoy the fine local food, and quality accommodation on offer.

More time for you.

Morecambe Bay is also a great place to unwind, relax and generally chill out. Relax somewhere special like Walney Island, or Piel Island with its castle and pub, Sandscale Haws north of Barrow, Humphrey Head, Jack Scout Cove, near Silverdale or Pilling Sands east of Fleetwood. The Bay is one of those special places where just a short distance from the hustle and bustle of everyday life you can escape into elemental landscapes. One of the best ways to experience it is by bike. Try, for example, the coast road from Ulverston, via Bardsea and Aldingham to Roose. If you are looking for something more gentle, then try cycling on Morecambe Promenade itself and soak up the views of the Bay, or try one of the Cycle and See routes within Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Bay offers opportunities for a range of amazing wildlife experiences, like watching the oyster catchers and other waders march up the shore in front of the advancing tides at Hest Bank, Bolton-Ie-Sands, the Lune Estuary, Cockerham Sands, Pilling Sands, the Wyre Estuary and a host of vantage points around the Bay, or spotting seals lazing around the south tip of Walney Island.

By Ray Dexeter.