Gibraltar Farm Campsite
Morecambe Bay is a classic sweeping stretch of coast, with an extended shoreline incorporating towns from Fleetwood to Barrow-in-Furness, a winding road trip of about 70 miles. Both beautiful and dangerous, the landscape may look like the stuff of beach dreams on a hot sunny day, with its expansive golden sands and gleaming sea in the distance, but the erratic tidal patterns and swampy sands can hold some hidden dangers, so it’s best not to venture out too far.
One of the best places from which to enjoy the sands of Morecambe Bay at a safe distance is the Gibraltar Farm Campsite, near Silverdale. Coming through the farm gates, you’re greeted with a panoramic view of the bay with the camping area lying down an access track through a lovely field beyond the trees. So you can pitch your tent in the large grassy area set around a rocky protrusion on the seaward side of the farm and enjoy the sight and sound of the capricious curls of Morecambe Bay’s waves just beyond the walled perimeter.
The waters of Morecambe Bay can be seen just beyond the low wall. Less than a mile away from the campsite is Jenny Brown’s Point, a popular viewpoint and bird-watching spot overlooking the bay. And the nearby RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss offers access to coastal lagoons, nature trials, hides and a Visitor Centre. Aside from the birds, Morecambe is famous for two other reasons. The first is Eric Morecambe, the comedian and one half of Morecambe and Wise. The second is cocklepicking. Anyone can pick cockles, just be sure to take advice about the tides. It pays to be wise in Morecambe.
60 tent pitches; 30 caravan pitches with electric hook-up. Showers (5W, 5M), flush toilets (12W, 5M), washing-up area. Onsite shop with homemade ice cream. BBQs permitted if off ground and extinguished after use, but no campfires.Supplies are available in nearby Silverdale, but for a better choice of shops go to Arnside, where there’s also a post office.
Tents, campervans, dogs (on leads) – yes. Groups can hire the woods for £120 per night (10 tents).
The Wolfhouse Gallery (01524 701405) has paintings, ceramics and a café. The nearby Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve (01524 701601) has nature trails and a visitor centre, and the southern Lake District is only a short, scenic drive away.
Food & DrinkGrab yourself some chops or steaks to slap on the BBQ from Poteau & Son Continental Butchers (01524 761217) in Arnside. March down to the Woodlands Hotel (01524 701655) for excellent real ales. For BBQ inspiration have a butcher’s at F&W Burrow & Sons (01524 701209). Treat yourself to some potted shrimps from Morecambe Bay; James Baxter & Son (01524 410910) in Morecambe have been potting shrimps for over 200 years. The Silverdale Hotel (01524 701206) in the village is less than a mile away but, aside from a pleasant beer garden, isn’t very inspiring. There are some better pubs in Arnside, about 3 miles away, where The Albion (01524 761226) has a Waterside beer garden, real ales and an interesting menu.
All year, but best to phone ahead out of season.
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