Route 7 – Morecambe Promenade
Morecambe first developed as a tourist destination in 19th Century and became a thriving seaside resort in the mid-20th century. The wide promenade runs the length of the town, leading to Heysham village and the historic St. Patrick’s Chapel at the southern end.
The Bay is a vital feeding ground for about quarter a million wading birds, ducks, geese in winter – internationally significant and the second most important estuary in UK.
In the distance, on a clear day you will be able to see over to the Lakeland hills and Bowland Fells. Looking south the bulk of Heysham Nuclear Power Station provides a powerful focal point on the horizon.
There are plenty of facilities en route and a series of public art to enjoy, including a sculpture of the town’s most famous local – Eric Morecambe.
The paved promenade is smooth, level and easy to negotiate for all users.
Basic Route Information
Get to the route by car: 15 minutes drive from Junction 34 of the M6, From junction 34 M6 follow the Bay Gateway road (A683.) On reaching the A589 Morecambe Road turn right . At next roundabout keep ahead, still on A589 now called Broadway. This will take you onto Marine Drive.
Get to the route by bus: The following buses service Morecambe promenade: 2, 3, 40 or 41. For Lancashire timetable www.lancashire.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-travel/public-transport/bus-timetables/
For Cumbria timetable www.cumbria.gov.uk/buses/
Get to the route by train: Regular, fast mainline connections from Manchester, London and Scotland to Lancaster Station. From Lancaster you pick up a local train to Morecambe. National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950 Trainline www.trainline.com Traveline 0871 200 2233
Length of route: 16km / 10 miles 5 hours
Amenities: Disabled parking is available at the start and end of the route on Marine Road and at Breakwater, more info: www.
lancaster.gov.uk/parking/morecambe-car-parks-map. There are several accessible toilets along the route, including Clock Tower Public Toilets, Festival Market and West End Gardens. There are many places to stop for refreshments on the promenade including the art deco facade of the lovingly restored Midland Hotel.
Route type: Out and back