Heysham (Half Moon Bay)

Heysham (Half Moon Bay) - Lancashire
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Half Moon Bay stretches from the wall of Heysham Harbour up the coast to the Heritage Centre at Lower Heysham.  At high tide the beach is fairly small, flanked by rocks and backed by grassy hills.  At low tide however, a vast expanse of sand and mudflats are exposed. 

The beach has views across Morecambe Bay and towards the Lakeland fells. Closer by, the view is dominated by the chimneys of Heysham Power Station.

A ferry service to the Isle of Man runs from the harbour at Heysham.

The area has been inhabited since the Stone Age and there are numerous sites close to the beach which are of archaeological interest. Close to the Heritage Centre, which is housed in a picturesque 17th century farmhouse, lie the ruins of St Patrick’s Chapel, thought to date back to the 8th century.
At nearby Heysham head are some stone graves which were once used for the cover of an album by Black Sabbath.

Morecambe Bay is notorious for its fast-moving tides and shifting sands.  Avoid walking far out at low tide without an experienced guide.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • Rock pooling


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Town centre nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Picnic area

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SD 4078 6093


Parking available close to the beach.

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Heysham (Half Moon Bay) Reviews


Jul 15th 2020

I was born in southern England (Warwickshire) and immigrated to the United States when I was a child… My parents moved back to the UK in 1986 and bought a lovely house in Heysham Almost across the street from Saint Patrick’s… I would visit frequently over the years and fell in love with the area

Great place to Visit

Mark Nicholson
Oct 24th 2021

I make sea glass jewellery and this is a lovely beach to explore and find sea glass! Also managed to find a few fossils in rocks as well so will be interesting to explore and find out where they may have come from!