What’s a holiday without some time at the seaside? When you stay at the Longlands Inn or spend a week in one of our holiday cottages, take advantage of the sunny days to visit some of the lovely old seaside towns that are within easy reach. If you’re lucky, and the tides are high, you might witness the Arnside Bore. The views across Morecambe Bay are legendary. Quaint old fishing villages, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, quiet coves and countless seabirds are all here for you to discover. Get in touch with us now to book your hotel room or a holiday cottage.
Morecambe Bay, with its beautiful sandy beaches, is 20 minutes away from our holiday cottages. Enjoy a spot of quintessential English seaside with spectacular views across the bay to the Lakeland hills. We might be boasting - but you will watch the most beautiful sunsets in England!
Spend a day in Morecambe and discover The Midland Hotel. Morecambe’s crowning glory, the stunning art deco Midland Hotel, reopened in June 2008 following its complete refurbishment by Urban Splash. Originally built in the 1930s, the amazing Grade II* Listed building was once a favourite haunt of icons like Coco Chanel, Wallace Simpson and Lawrence Olivier. It is worth a visit just to see the restoration of some of the original features such as the famous seahorses crafted by 20th Century sculptor, Eric Gill, for the hotel when it first opened. One of his largest surviving works, a Portland Stone relief featuring Odysseus and Nausicaä, symbolising hospitality, has also been returned to its original position in the hotel lobby. It’s also the perfect place to stop for something to eat or drink in either the restaurant or the Rotunda Bar, both with amazing views over the sea.
An utterly unique experience – walk right across Morecambe Bay (approximately 9 miles) with an experienced guide. Enjoy the thrill of crossing fast running channels, with the knowledge that a tractor is at hand if it’s all too much. Group walks run regularly from Hest Bank and Ambleside, or can be privately organised on request. And if walking’s just too slow for you, local charity CancerCare organises the annual CrossBay – a half marathon unlike any other, attended by runners from all round the world.
People in Lancaster and Morecambe are big on cycling. With an extensive cycling network, it’s an incredibly safe place to travel around by bike, and if you don’t have one to bring, you can hire one locally. There are endless different routes to follow but one of the most breath-taking must be the run along the entire length of the seafront. It’s an exhilarating 10 mile return trip from Hest Bank to Heysham. There’s nothing more invigorating than sea air fresh from the bay.
A single-track road leads to what was once a busy 18th century port with ships docking from America and the West Indies. Just a hamlet now, it is best known for Sambo’s grave, a tribute to an African slave who died on arrival at Sunderland Point. Locals and their children, who bring flowers and painted stones, now lovingly tend it. The tides cover the road twice a day – so check the tide tables before you set out!
The epitome of an English village. Take a walk past the old smuggling cottages down to Half Moon Bay. St Patrick’s chapel stands on a rocky crag, overlooking the bay and dates from around 750AD. Next to it are 8 rock-hewn graves dating from a similar period and an ancient burial ground in which 85 sets of bones were found. This whole area is now owned by the National Trust. Stop at a coffee shop or lunch in the 16th century pub.
Within easy reach of The Longlands, Silverdale is in Britain’s smallest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wander through the village and then stroll down to the sea at Jenny Brown’s Point for a panoramic view across the bay. Nearby Leighton Moss, run by the RSPB, is home to special birds such as breeding bitterns and bearded tits, as well as deer, and butterflies. An easy walk through the trees at Woodwell can end at The Wolfhouse Gallery, which features contemporary and traditional arts, crafts, gifts, jewellery. The local tearooms with homemade cakes are definitely worth stopping for!
Just around the coast from Silverdale is Arnside, an unspoilt coastal town. The seafront with its pretty pier has a range of interesting shops and a gentle walk leads to the National Trust owned Arnside Knott. Spend a perfect evening on the beach with fish and chips from the excellent chippy, watching the salmon leap as the sun sets. Check the tide tables – you might be lucky enough to see the Arnside Bore, a tidal wave that sweeps in at spectacular speed, filling the estuary with millions of gallons of water in just a few minutes.
Blackpool’s genteel sister with its sandy beach, Victorian and Edwardian frontage and the world famous golf course.
If your tastes are larger and louder, try the Blackpool experience: three piers and seven miles of illuminations, traditional (and not so traditional) amusements and entertainment.
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