Sunderland Point Walk
Visit this lovely peninsula in Lancashire and enjoy great views across the River Lune and Morecambe Bay. It's a hidden gem of a walk with the changing tides, coastal birds and pretty old cottages to see.
Sunderland Point is located near to both Heysham and Lancaster. The Point is a great place for a peaceful stroll with coastal views, salt marsh, beach, mud flats, farmland and lots of wildlife to look out for. These include birds such as Curlew, Heron and Peewit.
You can park at Potts Corner at Alderley Bank to being the walk. Footpaths then take you along the coast to the village of Sunderland Point where you'll pass a series of attractive Georgian houses by the quay. The area is also home to Sambo's grave. The master of a slave or servant called Sambo left him at Sunderland Point in the 18th century where he subsequently died in the brewery. The grave is a tourist attraction decorated with flowers or stones painted by local children.
To continue your walking in the area you could visit Morecambe Bay or try the Lune Estuary Footpath.
PostcodeLA3 3HP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Sunderland Point Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Sunderland Point Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Sunderland Point OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Sunderland Point Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The village of Overton is located close to the point and worthy of a visit. You could extend the walk by following country lanes north from the Point to the village. Here you can enjoy refreshments at the 17th century Ship Hotel. There's a nice cosy lounge in the winter and a beer garden to relax in on warmer days. The walls also display paintings by both Stephanie Province, the landlady, a professional artist, and other artists with the art work available for sale. You can find it on Main Street with a postcode of LA3 3HD for your sat navs.
Heading west from Overton will take you back to the car park on country lanes and public footpaths, turning it into a longer circular walk.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The area is unique in the UK as being the only community to be on the mainland and yet dependent upon tidal access. The only vehicular access to the village is via a single-track road from Overton 1.5 miles (2.4 km) away crossing a tidal marsh. The road is covered by water at every high tide.