Morecambe Bay

Morecambe Bay is the largest estuary in the UK, covering an area of almost 200 square miles. It is fed by 5 rivers; the Leven, Keer, Kent, Lune and Wyre. Towns and villages on the bay include Barrow-in-Furness, Fleetwood, Grange-over-Sands, Heysham, Morecambe and Ulverston.

The bay is noted for its rich bird life, serving as a wintering and passage area for waders and wildfowl, has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation.

It is also notorious for its treacherous quicksand and fast moving tides. Many have lost their lives here, including a gang of over 20 Chinese cockle pickers in 2004. Organised crossings can be made with the royally appointed Queenā€™s Guide to the Sands. For more details call the Morecambe Tourist Information Centre on 01524 582808.

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