Hest Bank Beach
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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 café 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.