We just got home after a lovely short holiday in Morecambe, Lancashire. It was our first visit to the town, and we will definitely return.
My daughters, dog and I stayed at the Clarendon Hotel on Morecambe seafront. It was a great location since we were 5mins walk from the dog-friendly beach, and approximately 10mins walk from the town centre with amusement arcades, funfair, pubs and restaurants, and shops. There were three decent outdoor play parks along the seafront that my daughters enjoyed, and the weather was perfect.
I am on a mission to find the best dog-friendly locations in the UK, and we found one at Half Moon Bay in Heysham. It was a short drive from our hotel in Morecambe, and there was a large, free car park right next to the beach. They have a café with toilet facilities, and they offer dog sausages on the menu which I thought was cute. Marley certainly enjoyed his lunch! There is also a kiosk selling ice-cream, drinks, snacks, and beach toys. We got a new fishing net since our old one broke.
The beach at Half Moon Bay is lovely. I let Marley off his lead, and he had hours of fun exploring rock pools, climbing the rocks at the base of the cliff, paddling in sea pools, and digging in the sand. Meanwhile my daughters set to work digging holes, and I sat still for half an hour to enjoy a cup of coffee and take in the views. Bliss! We spent a good hour collecting shells, sea glass and pottery remnants from the beach, playing with seaweed (popping the dried-out husks), and watching crabs and fish in the rock pools.
Later that day we took a walk along the cliff top to explore the ruins of St Patrick’s Chapel at Heysham. It is an Anglo-Saxon ruin, and the history was fascinating to learn. My daughters enjoyed looking at carvings on stone, reading the information boards, and clambering around the hillside to explore. Even Marley found it fascinating! We didn’t make it into the village, but you could walk there from the beach along the cliff, leaving your car safely at Half Moon Bay. I’m sure there would be nice places to eat but my children have a short attention span, so we rely mostly on fast food. There is also a woodland walk on the edge of the village, but we didn’t do that because we were tired after a day on the beach.
I thoroughly enjoyed my dog-friendly holiday in Morecambe and will recommend it for families and dog people.
Catherine is the author of the adult paranormal romance series The Redcliffe Novels and also The Darkness of Love, She has short stories published in YA anthologies, freelance articles on various industry websites, and contributes to her personal blog, and her author blog .