Pilling Sands

Pilling Sands - Lancashire
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Not so much of a beach as a an area of salt marsh. Pilling Sands overlooks the River Lune estuary, at the southern end of Morecambe Bay.

Beyond the grassy marsh, a vast area of wet sand is exposed at low tide. Visitors should not stray onto these sands and need to be aware that the tides along this part of the coast come in alarmingly quickly In addition the Morecambe Bay area is notorious for the patches of sinking sands which make it so dangerous.

To the rear of Pilling Sands there is rocky a embankment was built here in 1981 to protect the area from flooding.

Wyre-Lune Wildfowl Sanctuary lies on the sandy area off the western end of the beach and there is some interesting bird life to be spotted here. An information board gives details of wildlife to be found here.

The 134-mile long Lancashire Coastal Way passes nearby, although the Pilling Sands section of the path is closed between Boxing Day and Good Friday to protect lambs and birdlife.  During this period, the coastal path is diverted through the village. 

Cars can be parked in the car park 3/4 of a mile north-east of Pilling village, where there is an amenity area with picnic tables.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • Picnic area

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SD 4059 4957


There are two car parks. both close to the shore-line.

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