We spent a lovely September afternoon cycling from Morecambe to Lancaster and back. The entire route is just over 11 miles and is a great family friendly thing to do.
We parked our car on Morecambe Promenade - there were plenty of spaces and it was free to park. We hired bikes from Sunshine Cycle Hire. It is just inside Coopers Amusements on Marine Road West in Morecambe. It cost us £12.00 for half a day, the bikes were in reasonable condition and we got cycle maps.
We started off cycling along the Promenade at Morecambe. The town itself is a little tired and run down, but the promenade is lovely. It is very popular with cyclists and you get the most wonderful views across Morecambe Bay to the hills of the Lake District beyond. There are some interesting things to watch out for on the Promenade. The first is the beautiful Midland Hotel, a wonderful Art Deco building with a great restaurant overlooking the sea at the back. The statue of Eric Morecambe, the famous UK comedian is next, then right at the end of the promenade, the statue of Venus and Cupid.
At this point, you leave the promenade, cross a road and cycle up a steepish hill on the cycle lane at the side of the main road. The cycling path to Lancaster is well signed here, so just follow the signs which take you through a little cul de sac (Rushley Drive) then down onto the towpath of the Lancaster Canal.
This section of the cycle is lovely and peaceful. The scenery is completely different. As well as the canal, we saw lots of narrowboats and fields and farmland. Eventually you reach the Lancaster Aqueduct. This is interesting because you cycle right over the top of the River Lune on the aqueduct. It was built, intending to link this canal into a wider canal network, but cost so much money, they could not afford to build the next one.
The next part of the cycle takes you along the River Lune Millennium Park and into Lancaster. You get some great views of the city skyline and the Millennium Bridge. This was opened in February 2001 and was the first new crossing point over the River Lune since 1846. Its design pays homage to the maritime past of Lancaster.
There are a couple of bars/restaurants along the side of the Millennium Bridge which do not take you much out of your way. We stopped at one of these for some much needed refreshments.
The last part of the cycle back to Morecambe takes you along the Lancaster Morecambe Greenway. This is probably the least scenic section and least interesting. It is a flat track which goes mostly between housing estates so there is very little to see. It does get you back quickly to Morecambe though.
This is a great cycle ride and very suitable for families. There is a lot of variety with seaside views, canals, fields and farmlands as well as historic Lancaster. It is almost all on traffic free cycle tracks and apart from one climb is entirely flat. We did not find it difficult and our 9 year old loved the whole afternoon.