A sandstone headland, with a scenic walk through grassland and woodland, passing a ruined Saxon chapel and unusual rock-cut graves.
Sandy beach with grass-covered dunes and low cliffs. At low tide, you have a great expanse of flat sand.
👩🦽To the shore is fully accessible, but the next section requires care, a sturdy wheelchair and suppor
🅿️Smithy lane, Heysham LA32LA
🚻 Public toilets in Heysham village
☕ Half Moon cafe adjacent to the cAr park
🥾3.5 miles we walk 134m ascent
Play area just past the chapel next to the beach
Difficulties-the path heading to St Patricks chapel ruins is rough with some steep sections and not level, care is needed but you could go via the quieter road to join the coastal path towards Morecombe.
The path along the beach is level with benches to sit down, the path leads straight ahead over the grass which is where is becomes difficult but I like a challenge and want to be able to enjoy routes that walkers can.
You can still see the path but it can be uneven and narrows out, we just about managed with the terrain wheelchair and strength from my husband pushing me. It is worthwhile as the views are lovely over the coast. I wouldnt recommend in rain.
St Patricks Chapel-The chapel dates from around 750 AD and most observers can no longer see any reason to support the myth that the chapel was built by St Patrick, who actually died around 490 AD. It is thought that the chapel was built to serve a monastic community
It is believed that a church was founded on this site in the 7th or 8th century. In 1080 it was recorded that the location was the site of an old Anglo-Saxon church. Some of the fabric of that church remains in the present church.
The chancel built around 1340–50 the south aisle was added in the 15th century.
The north aisle was added in 1864 and other extensions and restorations were carried out by the Lancaster architect E. G. Paley.
St Peters Church does have a car park which you could park in to avoid the cliff section.
From the church we continued to the end of the road and turned left following the road to the left until we picked up the path down to Lower Heysham beach where there is a play area. Now this path is perfect for wheelchairs, we continued a little further before turning back and returning the same way.
In lower Heysham there is a lovely garden to walk through which is wide enough for the wheelchair, as well as beauiful displays too see.