Living in Lancashire and the BAY
Lancashire and the Bay
Lancaster and the Bay is a highly rewarding part of England in which to live, work and play. So, if you are looking to buy or invest in property in this beautiful corner of North West England, what are some of the cultural, historical, and leisure highlights that you can expect?
Lancaster is a historical city located in Lancashire’s northwest region, just off junction 34 of the M6.
The city boasts a medieval castle located on the hilltop, one of the top 10 universities in the country, and amazing views of the River Lune. The modern city centre is packed with boutiques, high-street brands and independent galleries located on Penny Street, St Nicholas Arcade and Market Street.
A city centre market takes place twice a week, and features stalls with food from around the globe, crafts, and gifts, all within simple walking distance of coffee shops and restaurants. The restaurants, bars and clubs here also offer wide-ranging entertainment, day and night.
The famous Lancaster Canal weaves through the city, leading to breathtaking scenery, beautiful walks and some of the region’s best-hidden gems. Williamson Park sits atop the hill with views of Morecambe Bay, woodland walks and a butterfly house – perfect for picnics.
Stroll along St George’s Quay, meanwhile, to enjoy Georgian architecture leading to the Maritime Museum, which documents the history of the region.
Lancaster University is rated number eight in the UK for education, while the University of Cumbria specialises in nursing, and Morecambe and Lancaster College is an excellent choice for further education.
Knott End – Over Wyre
Knott End-on-Sea is a village situated on the southern side of Morecambe Bay across the Wyre Estuary from Fleetwood.
The village is the largest in the area known as Over Wyre. There are a variety of shops and cafes, drinking establishments, a golf club, and a very popular ice cream parlour.
This coastal village has a beautiful seafront promenade and golden sandy beaches. The natural salt marsh/seafront grassland habitat. It’s a perfect spot for walking and watching wildlife.
There is a sculpture in honour of artist LS Lowry at Knott End-on-Sea, which is located in the spot next to the jetty where the artist was known to stand and sketch. This is also where the Fleetwood- Knott-End Ferry runs from.
The beautiful Victorian town of Morecambe is replete with Art Deco glamour. It is famous as the home of comedy legend Eric Morecambe, and even has a statue celebrating his influence on entertainment.
The Midland Hotel is a historic and recently restored Art Deco hotel that has been used as a backdrop for films and TV shows such as Poirot. The iconic building overlooks Morecambe Bay.
Morecambe is a place to discover ancient sites, seafaring traditions, spellbinding views and stunning skies.
Throughout the summer season, Morecambe also hosts events like the Retro Festival, Kite Festival, music festivals and funfairs – great for all ages. The Morecambe promenade is over four miles in length, with views of Barrow-in-Furness, Dalton-in-Furness and South Cumbria.
The seaside village of Heysham is located in the Lancaster district, on the edge of Morecambe Bay and just a stone’s throw from both Lancaster and Morecambe. It boasts beautiful views of the bay, and within this historical village you can see woodlands, white sandy beaches and a huge harbour.
It’s only 66 miles from Heysham to the Isle of Man; indeed, it is used as one of the main ferry ports for the TT races, with a ferry time of about 3.5 hours.
Half Moon Bay is a popular picnic area for tourists, while the harbour and promenade are a must-visit for anglers. Heysham village has architecture dating back to the 16 century, and one of the oldest church ruins in the UK.
Heysham is also home to the Viking Festival in July, living history journaling the Vikings with encampment, battles, weapon displays, stalls and live Viking music.
Arnside is located on the edge of the River Kent and Morecambe Bay estuary. This former fishing port has kept many of its features from that time, with the pier and port walking areas offering a look back in time.
The town is accessible by both road and rail. The surrounding countryside is filled with birds, flowers and the National Trust’s Arnside Knott, a flat rock 520 ft high, and popular with walkers and tourists alike. Neighbouring towns include Silverdale and Grange-over-Sands
Carnforth is a traditional market town, full of shops, cafes and traditional inns. It also has a charming train station that was the location for the 1945 film, Brief Encounter.
If you love the outdoors, visit Warton Crag, which offers climbing and abseiling and is ideal for hikers. Warton was also the ancestral home of George Washington, America’s first ever president.
Leighton Hall is another must when visiting the region; it is the original family home of the furniture makers, Gillow.
The village of Hest Bank, between Morecambe and Carnforth has a grassy foreshore and a sandy beach. It has views onto the salt marshes and mudflats of Morecambe Bay, which is notorious for its sinking sands, mud-filled gullies and fast-moving tides.
Although organised cross-bay walks sometimes take place here, nobody should venture out onto the mudflats or salt marshes without an experienced local guide. The danger is very real!
Hest Bank is a great place to look out to views across the bay towards the Furness peninsula with the fells of the Lake District National Park in the distance. The beach is home to a large number of ducks, geese and wading birds. In the hour before high tide, spectacular displays of waders can be seen gathering to roost here.
Bolton-le-Sands is a large village and civil parish of the City of Lancaster in Lancashire with a population of over 4,000 residents.
Referred to as Bodeltone in the Domesday book, the village was known as Bolton until the arrival of the railways, when the name was changed to Bolton le Sands to differentiate from similarly named towns on the same line, such as Bolton which was then a part of Lancashire and called Bolton-le-Moors.
Bolton-le-Sands is one of the hidden secrets in Lancashire, a pretty village that is unspoilt by both modern development and tourism. There is no wonder that it is a favourite for people from Lancaster and the surrounding areas; within easy reach the major cities of the North West of England while boasting a host of local attractions you will always have somewhere to explore and enjoy at this village.
Cockerham is one of Lancashire’s hidden gems. Sitting on the coastal plains south of Lancaster where the River Lune meets the Irish Sea. You can take advantage of the beautiful countryside by walking on the Lancashire Coastal Way. Alternatively visit the beach where the water stays shallow for a long way out thanks to the area’s geography.
Cockerham is located around 8 miles south of Lancaster. The village boasts a superb restaurant, public house, farm shop and ice cream outlet, as well as the large parish hall where many functions are held. Cockerham has many public footpaths which are regularly used by ramblers and locals alike. The village is also home to St Michael’s Parish Church, commonly known as the ‘Church in the field’.
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