Discover Books inspired by Morecambe Bay

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.

Buy this book at Morecambe Visitor Information Centre.




Built for Speed: Bikers, Beers and Balls of Steel by John McGuinness

Built For Speed is the biography of John McGuinness, the phenomenally successful Isle of Man TT motorcycle racer born in Morecambe in 1972. This book tells his story as one of the most successful TT champions in history, also claiming the title of first person to break the 130mph speed barrier in 2007!

Still living in Morecambe, he is a great advocate of the area where he grew up.

Buy this book at Morecambe Visitor Information Centre or find out more about John McGuinness.




The Gathering Tide: A Journey Around the Edgelands of Morecambe Bay by Karen Lloyd

Karen takes us on a magical journey around the coastline of Morecambe Bay.

Meeting the characters that bring the bay to life, discovering new species of wildlife and marvelling at the evocative descriptions of sunsets and scenery, we follow in her footsteps on this personal and intimate journey.

Buy this book at Morecambe Visitor Information Centre or explore the hidden gems of Morecambe Bay.




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!

Buy this book at Morecambe Visitor Information Centre or book a stay at the Midland Hotel.




The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

Morecambe Bay’s wild and windswept coastline is the inspiration for the setting in this dark and gothic novel. Atmospheric descriptions of the muted colours and spooky sounds of the countryside, the mists lingering over the sea and the shapes half-glimpsed through the vaporous curtains of rain set the scene for this haunting tale of mystery, tradition and superstition.

Along with Karen Lloyd, and Gareth Thompson, Andrew Michael Hurley has been involved with Litfest, Lancaster’s annual Literature Festival.

Buy this book online or find out more about Litfest.




The Sea Swallow by Gareth Thompson

The history and folklore of the Morecambe Bay coast is brought to life in this book by Gareth Thompson, beautifully illustrated by Hannah Magee.

This magical tale sees daring heroine Mary attempt to save her village from a Sea Ogre – along the way encountering all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures.

Buy this book at Lancaster Visitor Information Centre.




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.

Buy this book at Lancaster Visitor Information Centre, or plan a walk of your own, or sample the bay’s food and drink offer.




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