A Walk By The Sea: Morecambe

Let’s go for another walk and talk, by the sea in Morecambe this time – afterall, you can’t beat a bit of sea air.

It wasn’t a particularly sunny day, as per my photographs, but luckily it didn’t rain (on a UK Bank Holiday) and I quite liked the slightly moody cloudy scenes.

Morecambe is a bit further north from extrovert Blackpool, up the north west UK coast on the Irish Sea, and by contrast its a quiet and modest Lancashire seaside town with a long stretch of seafront – perfect for long walks in both directions.

Morecambe was once a busy fishing village, and a popular escape from the nearby mines and mills back in ancient history.

During the 80s and 90s Morecambe went into decline, when Blackpool and Spain became the preferred holiday destinations of choice – but Morecambe is starting to pick up again now.

“The coast is associated with rest, relaxation, and getting active, all things that have a positive impact on our lives – and that many of us don’t get enough of. “ Source

Though not a particularly popular or exciting place to visit these days, if you’re in the area and just want a peaceful sea front without any thrills, it ticks the box. You can easily walk the coast all day, taking in the lovely blue hues on the horizon, and Lakeland Mountain backdrop.

There were quite a few camper vans parked on the seafront with the side doors wide open and owners just relaxed inside looking out onto the sea, peacefully taking in the view. There’s a huge caravan park somewhere nearby, so you’ll see a lot of caravans and motor homes out and about around the coast.

The tide didn’t seem to come in by Google’s reliable schedule, it was miles out all day, but still a lovely landscape.

You may already know about Morecambe’s claim to fame in terms of cockles. This being partly due to the unfortunate disaster widely covered in mainstream media about the chinese cockle collectors, who lost their lives in Morecambe Bay when they got caught in a returning tide.

I spotted a few collectors close to shore, and also – a person who seemed to have walked miles out from the shore, collecting something, probably cockles. Not a good idea, especially with all the warning signs about unpredictable water channels, quicksands and mud – be careful.

Boat sinking in the sand

I overheard one of the men fishing on the pier say he catches mainly sea bass

The man on the boat was cursing loudly, shouting and swiping at something in the boat. No idea what was going on there.

A seaside trip without fish and chips would be right, it’s tradition! But why did they pour the curry sauce on the fish…..that’s just not right, pour it on the chips or put it in a container pls.

Morecambe is also very popular with bird watchers, in a big way.

“The salty sea air by the coast does wonders for the respiratory system. Especially for those with asthma, bronchitis, sinus pressure, and coughing.” Source

Morecambe has a reputation for dramatic sunsets – probably more so in the warmer summer months when the sun is stronger and hotter.

Th coastal path seems to go on and on, so it’s ideal for a full day of walking.

Healthwise: “Ions: are particles in the air that may have a positive or negative charge. The most beneficial are the negative ions, which are generated in natural environments where there are water currents.” Source

Did you know?

  • People from Blackpool, Southport and Morecambe are known as Sandgrownians….interesting! I’d never heard that term before.
  • Morecambe used to be called ‘Poulton-le-Sands’ until the 19th century

๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธWishing you happy walks if you’re heading out for one today!๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

34 thoughts on “A Walk By The Sea: Morecambe

  1. restlessjo

    Poulton-le-Sands sounds much posher, doesn’t it? Morecambe always reminds me of Eric and he always made me smile. I remember Morecambe from before its first decline and that’s going back a bit! I was over on the other coast so it wasn’t a favourite but thanks for taking me there and some nice moody photos. Curry sauce on fish- ugh! Many thanks for the follow too. I’ll probably put this in my next Monday walk, if that’s alright, Cherryl?

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  3. Ellie Thompson

    I’ve never been to Morecambe, but then I haven’t been anywhere much, so I particularly enjoy your travel blog. I love the simple but stunning photos you’ve taken, Cherie. What a gorgeous place. I was going to pick out my favourite pics here, but there are far too many of them to describe each one. I love them all. You’ve certainly travelled around and that’s so good. It’s great that you have shared this beautiful place and your descriptions make it perfect. Thanks for doing that. Take care. Xx ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿฅฐ

  4. tidalscribe.com

    I know the area a little as I have a friend who lives by the River Lune. We had a great holiday once on the other side of the bay when we literally stayed on Grange Over Sands railway station. I thought it should have been called Grange Over Grass as the station looks out over grass at low tide; the bay must changes all the time. Sheep grazed at low tide, then the sheep dogs rounded them up as the tide rose.

  5. Sheila Landry Designs

    What a beautiful day you had. Thank you for sharing it with us. I live in Nova Scotia – The Bay of Fundy side – and we have mostly rocky coastlines and endless rocky beaches. There are (of course) many places that have sandy beaches,but they are a little trickier to find. But that is part of the fun. I grew up in Chicago and heading to the beach was only an annual (or less) event. The beaches there along Lake Michigan are heavily visited, with wall-to-wall people. I have been here now for 18 years and I will always appreciate the peaceful solitude of walking along the coast without anyone in sight. That is more the norm rather than the exception. But the water is COLD here (ankle-numbing cold!) and even in late summer it isn’t optimal for swimming. For me, anyway. But the tide pools are warm and fresh and do fine for dipping in on a hot day. Thanks for all the beautiful photos and blog. I loved it.

    1. Cherryl

      Luckily it was fairly quiet that day people-wise, maybe partly due the weather being a bit cloudy, normally, seaside areas are very busy on a UK Bank Holiday. The water was freezing cold here too, but I did see a few brave people swimming that day!!! I don’t think UK water is ever what I would call warm lol ๐Ÿ˜
      Thank you Sheila, I’m glad you’re enjoying the posts and pics ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™

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