The walk which in total for the full distance will equate to 9.5 miles on flat easy walking terrain with stunning views of Morecambe Bay and the views across to the Lake District. Along the way there is a treasure trail of interest, particularly for those who have not walked the route before.
The route can be split up into shorter distances to meet the needs of all walking abilities. Amenities, cafes, places of interest and public conveniences are also well placed along all routes short or long.
The Walk will be started by Tony Harrison Provincial Grand Master at 1pm, and the walkers will be headed by David Winder Assistant Provincial Grand Master and Vice President of the MCF 2021 Festival, commencing from the car park at Heysham Village, an ideal meeting point with public conveniences, lots of parking space and a £1.40p charge for the whole day for parking.
Heysham village is a delightful hamlet with 2 public houses and various cafes to meet the needs pre and post walk. It is steeped in history.
A short walk down the main street a right turn and then within 25 metres a left turn leads you onto the public footpath which is literally on the seafront, affording wonderful views across the bay. The walking from there on is flat all the way!
After 2.3 miles you arrive at the iconic and art deco Midland Hotel and adjacent to the start of the ‘Stone Jetty’. Conveniences are abundant at this location and walkers can go up market to take refreshment at the Midland Hotel or take advantage of the Stone Jetty cafe. On the adjacent side of the promenade is the Station public House which serves food and beverages.
A further short walk reaching 2.6 miles brings you to a well-known landmark that of Eric Morecambe’s ‘Bring me sunshine’ statue. Walking on to 2.7 miles you arrive at the Clock tower at the West End where there are yet more conveniences and places to eat and drink. 2.8 miles brings you to the monument at what was the parapet of the West End Pier washed away in 1978 by the storms of that year where walkers are invited to find ‘Raven Winder!’ 3.1 miles takes you to the Morecambe Sailing Club Race Hut.
At 3.6 miles you are charged to find Eric Morecambe’s glasses on Broadway! Crossing the promenade at 4.2 miles on the pelican crossing will allow you to enter the former home of Noel Edmonds ‘Mr Blobby’ at Happy Mount Park where beautiful gardens await, park benches and yes another cafe to replenish those lost calories.
The return journey will equate to a creditable 9.5 miles in beautiful scenery abutting and adjacent to Morecambe Bay all the way!
The great thing about this walk is that the distances can be decided upon according to fitness and walking ability, allowing everyone to take part in simply having a brilliant day, in super company while raising monies for a worthy charitable cause. What better way to show Freemasons in the community?
Particpants could, as with the Bay Walk, either obtain sponsorship for their own participation accredited to their own lodge or Chapter or sponsor David Winder to do the hard work for them.