Out There: Walk this way

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Crisp winter days provide the perfect opportunity to see Morecambe Bay in all its glory.

On a clear day it’s possible to see for miles and one of the best places to appreciate the views is the stretch of promenade between Heysham Village and The Battery at the West End of Morecambe.

My husband Sparky likes to roam far afield but I’m often just as happy to go for a ramble on home turf.

A week or so ago we headed for Heysham Village and had an invigorating walk along the prom. I’d forgotten how spectacular this walk is and was delighted to see so many other people had the same idea.

From the outskirts of the village at Rayner’s Field we marvelled at the views of the Lakeland hills and the panorama stretching all the way to the distant Dales.

I also enjoyed looking at the many different types of buildings along the way. All types of quirky and elegant properties hug the coast and look out onto the bay. We paused to appreciate the landscaped promenade near the Sunny Slopes before heading past the terraces at Sandylands to Breeze Cafe at The Battery and West End Gardens.

I love this stylish and unusual cafe which sells all sorts of culinary delights. It has ceiling to floor windows offering jaw-dropping views of the bay and is a superb example of contemporary design. Fuelled up, we headed back along the prom as dusk descended. The golden sand on the beach glowed softly in the mellow light.

We felt happy and at peace looking out over the expanse of the bay.

THE Friends of Williamson Park are inviting people to join in with the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch – the world’s largest wildlife survey. It will take place on Sunday January 27 between 9am and 10am. There will be five recording stations manned by birdwatchers with telescopes around the park.

The event is being co-ordinated by the Friends of Williamson Park, U3A Birdwatching Group and the Lancaster and District Birdwatchers Society.

If you are interested in joining in, you can meet one of the event organisers at the Wyresdale Road car park or the car park near the café on the day to be directed to a watching station.

There will be a chance to share your findings and report back on what you have seen afterwards in the park’s meeting room.

For more details contact Hilary Smith from the Friends of Williamson Park on 01524 298680.

The event promises to be fun for children too with additional activities on offer throughout the day from the Williamson Park Zoo Keepers, Sammy and Beth.

Children aged between six and 13 years can take part in a drop-in workshop between 11am-2pm. Call 01524 33318 to book.