Books inspired by Morecambe Bay

For World Book Day on the 4th March, our friends at Morecambe Visitor Information Centre have provided their top picks of books inspired by Morecambe Bay.




Time and Tide: 50 Golden Years on Morecambe Bay by Cedric Robinson

Firstly we turn to a local ‘hero’ – Cedric Robinson, Queen’s Guide to the Sands for over 50 years. In this popular book, Cedric details how the Morecambe Cross Bay walks began and how he has plotted safe passage across the shifting sands from Arnside to Kent’s Bank. Cedric recalls the magic moments; the dramas, emergencies and rescues; and the pivotal role he has played in helping people to realise personal achievements and raise hundreds for charity.






Gin, Cake and Rucksacks: A fun-filled tour of Lakeland Distillers & Brewers by Beth Pipe

Our guest blogger – the Cumbrian Rambler – has also written some fantastic books exploring her world of walking.

This one, however, is a bit different! In between challenging hikes through unaccommodating weather and over arduous terrain, Beth and her walking partner Karen visit some of the best brewers and distillers in Morecambe Bay and the Lake District – sampling delicious gins and beers and keeping their spirits up with a good helping of cake!

Join them as they discover the best food and drink the area has to offer.




The Midland Hotel: Morecambe’s White Hope by Barry Guise

Refurbished in 2003 – 2007 and reopened in the spring of 2008 to great acclaim, the Midland Hotel was originally opened on this site in 1933 – a sparkling white Art Deco structure unlike anything else seen before in an English seaside resort.

This book tells the story of its heyday in the thirties, through its time as a hospital during WWII, to its sad demise in the 90s and subsequent joyous revival.

Follow the fluctuating fortunes of this iconic hotel in this fascinating book!




Seldom Seen maps by Art Gene

Developed by Art Gene working closely with Morecambe Bay Partnership, together, these maps span from the islands of Barrow to Cockerham; plotting the hidden assets of spectacular Morecambe Bay.


This series of illustrated maps details current and historic points of interest, including internationally significant nature reserves and places of more surprising ecological importance alongside sites of industrial endeavour – and key figures who have left their mark on the town and its islands.


By capturing each area’s remarkable natural history, industrial (and military) heritage and social history, the Seldom Seen™ Series of Maps reveals that places are never just one thing, but layers coexisting and connecting through time.




Birdwatching Walks Around Morecambe Bay

An informative book with 30 walks around Morecambe Bay – includes useful bird watching tips.


Lancaster – Images of an Historic City by Lee Metcalfe

160 page hardback full colour photo book.

This impressive first book embraces local landmarks, capturing images either at dawn or dusk when the light is at its best to show their natural beauty. It also includes stunning images from around the surrounding areas, showcasing what an amazing area the Lancaster district is.

Foreword by Andrew Reilly, founder of Lancaster Past and Present.





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