What could be better than cycling this summer beside the coast? The Bay Cycle Way can provide that and with ease, just follow National Cycle Network route number 700.
The route named the Bay Cycle Way runs from Walney at Barrow in Furness, Cumbria in the north to Glasson Dock, Lancaster to the south. The route is fairly flat and most importantly friendly for the whole family where those doing the full or even just part of the route are never far from facilities (toilets, cafes, pubs, places to stay), essential for people of all ages and abilities.
Morecambe Bay is so scenic so having the coastal views of it along with the surrounding, villages and country pubs as well as the fells makes it a great 81 mile route taking in Cumbria, the Lake District and North Lancashire. There are very few stretches of road to cycle on and the Morecambe Bay Partnership along with partners Sustrans are working on creating even less on road sections. The route is very well signposted and a route map including suggested 4 day itinerary can be downloaded via https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/the-bay-cycle-way.
The route’s popularity and beauty has been recognised tis in the 2017 Cumbria Tourism Awards where it came first in the Tourism Experience of the Year category. Full of history and stunning landscapes, it’s no surprise this route has grown in stature since officially opening in two years ago.
Grange over Sands is the central location along the route making it a handy base for doing the full route or even just half of the route. The train line there connects for stations to Barrow and Lancaster so a total car free few days can be had. There are plenty of places to stay in and around Grange too including Bay Villa on Main Street right in the centre. A B&B on the doorstep to nearly all the places to eat and drink in the town. Luxury bath tubs and breakfast served to the room ensures complete post ride rejuvenation. Visit http://www.bayvilla.net for availability more info.