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.
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
🚶🏻♂️Wishing you happy walks if you’re heading out for one today!🚶🏽♀️