- From - to: Walney Island, Barrow in Furness to Glasson Dock, Lancaster
- Distance: 81 miles
- Terrain: In Cumbria, mostly on quiet highway and a mix of stone surface paths and woodland, forestry track. In Lancashire, there are some highway sections on quiet roads then mostly traffic free on a mix of towpath, stone surface route, canal towpath, promenade and dedicated traffic free cycle route.
- Access: Train Stations at Morecambe, Carnforth, Grange-over-Sands and Lancaster.
- National Cycle Network: National Route 700
The Bay Cycle Way is a fantastic new route that takes you on a mixture of traffic-free paths and quiet lanes through a beautiful part of Cumbria and Lancashire.
The route travels past a number of fantastic tourist attractions including Conishead Priory, Morecambe’s art deco hotel, 'The Midland', pretty Cartmel (the home of sticky toffee pudding!), the RSPB’s wildlife haven at Leighton Moss and historic Lancaster and Glasson Dock.
Along the way you'll be able to take in stunning views across the bay, with a chance to detour down to the beach, where you can look out for seals at Walney, or try to get a glimpse of rare birds like ospreys or red kites.
This route is a perfect and gentle introduction to long distance cycling. For the experienced, two days is all that is needed, but for those wanting to take their time, savour the views and visit the attractions, four 20 mile days is highly recommended.
The development of the Bay Cycle Way is part of Morecambe Bay Partnership's 700 Days Scheme which, with £0.5M from the Coastal Communities Fund, will support over 260 tourism-related jobs and safeguard many thousands more.
Sustrans Area Manager, Nikki Wingfield, says: “Morecambe Bay has its very own distinctive character, with incredible views, world class historic sites and artefacts, traditional food and rare wildlife. There are lots of opportunities to stop – there’s a loo, a brew and a view every 10 miles!”
Things to see and do
- Walney Island
- Docks Museum Barrow
- Gleaston Water Mill
- Birkrigg Stone Circle
- The Laurel and Hardy Museum
- Levens Hall
- Arnside Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty
- Sunderland Point
- RSPB Leighton Moss
- Carnforth Museum of Cycling
- Carnforth Station Heritage Centre
- Historic Lancaster
- Glasson Docks
The official map for the Bay Cycle Way route.
A stunning long distance route that takes you on a tour of Morecambe Bay, one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the UK. Taking you from the south west coast of Cumbria to Glasson Dock in Lancashire, this route is a feast for the senses.