Hest Bank Beach

Hest Bank Beach - Lancashire
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The village of Hest Bank, between Morecambe and Carnforth has a grassy foreshore and a sandy beach.  It has views onto the saltmarshes and mudflats of Morecambe Bay, which is notorious for its sinking sands, mud-filled gullies and fast-moving tides.

Although organised cross-bay walks sometimes take place here, nobody should venture out onto the mudflats or salt marshes without an experienced local guide. The danger is very real!

Hest Bank is a great place to look out to views across the bay towards the Furness peninsula with the fells of the Lake District National Park in the distance.  If there is a particularly cold wind blowing, the views can be appreciated from inside your car in the car park where there is a small cafĂ© serving reasonably priced afternoon teas and other light dishes and beverages. 

The beach is home to a large number of ducks, geese and wading birds.  In the hour before high tide, spectacular displays of waders can be seen gathering to roost here.

Type of beach

Sand and pebble

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Shop

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SD 4676 6657


There is a free car park next to the beach.

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