Things to do in Hest Bank, Lancashire
It borders the salt flats of the extensive Morecambe Bay.
The towns of Lancaster and Morecambe are just a short drive away.
Hest Bank's history stretches back for centuries. Its oldest building is the Hest Bank Hotel, formerly known as the Sands Inn.
Interestingly, Ordnance Survey maps of the region still show a marked right of way across the beach from Hest Bank to Grange-over-Sands which is only accessible at low tide and is unsuitable for motor vehicles.
Unfortunately in 1965, a sleeper train derailed at high speed, damaging the station buildings.
Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt, but the platform was subsequently closed and is now a ruin beneath the tangled undergrowth.
Present Day Hest Bank
This seaside village has an attractive village centre with a number of local businesses and a good selection of local shops.
The Hest Bank Hotel sits beside the broad canal which is crossed by an old stone bridge.
Hest Bank is a mix of old cottages and newer properties. They are all within easy reach of the bay which is known for its stunning sunsets.
Every summer the Cross Bay Run takes place in June/July when athletes run a half-marathon across the sands to raise funds for charity.
The saltmarshes are important feeding grounds for wading birds, geese and ducks and the area between Hest Bank and Silverdale is a nature reserve.
Its most famous resident was actress Thora Hird, whose well-loved performances until her death aged 91 earned her an OBE in 1983 and a DBE ten years later.
Things to do in Hest Bank
Guided walks are the best way to hike safely across Morecambe Bay at low tide. On alternate weekends Cross Bay walks take place, tides permitting.
It is seven miles each way to Grange-over-Sands and about three miles each way to the town of Morecambe. Some wading is required in places where rivers flow out into the bay.Lake District National Park with its high fells and deep lakes.
It is a popular area for hikers, cyclists, writers, bird watchers and artists. Morecambe Golf Club is just two minutes from Hest Bank.
The sands are popular for walking and bird spotting and there is ample parking and a local café overlooking the shore.
The local canal also provides scenic traffic-free walks in this unspoilt area.
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