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Sunderland Point all-ability route

Positioned on the edge of Morecambe Bay between the River Lune and the Irish Sea, Sunderland Point is intriguing and unusual. There are two Tramper-friendly routes (blue and green) which lead you around mudflats, marsh, river and sea where you will be able to spot the spectacular birdlife of the estuary. There is one Tramper available to hire which should be reserved in advance.

Sunderland Point all-ability route

2.5 km / 1-2 hours walk duration

Both Tramper routes begin by travelling from the foreshore along First Terrace.

At the end of First Terrace, you can choose either to continue on the Blue route or take the Green Route.

Blue Route

Travel down the slipway and on to the beach, keeping to the worn path and rising on to Second Terrace.

On the left you will see a small building that once was the Bath House for Sunderland Point’s second Inn, the Maxwell Arms. The Inn is now No 14 Second Terrace.

Continue along to Cotton Tree Barn, where you will see the remnants of the Cotton tree and the two young trees in the gardens of number 1 and 3.

Continue your journey along the track. On the left-hand side you will see a series of wooden poles that were once used to dry fishing nets. On the right you will see the stone Southern Quay Marker (1739) by the entrance to the field and then a small fishing hut, which is still in use. You may see a haaf net leaning against the wall to dry.

The track ends at Sunderland Hall, built in 1683 where you can enjoy a commanding view to Plover Scar Lighthouse and Cockersands Abbey on the other side of the water.

Turn the Tramper at the widest point of the path after Sunderland Hall and retrace your journey back to the top of the slipway by the Gate Pier. At this point you can choose whether to return to your car or follow the Green Route

Green Route

The Green route takes you down The Lane. On the right you will see Upsteps Cottage, former Brewhouse to the Ship Inn and said to be the place where the young man buried on the West Shore died. Further down The Lane on the left-hand side you will see the Mission Church.

Travel down the narrowing lane for approximately 250 metres.

At the end of The Lane, turn left onto a gravel path that leads to an accessible bird hide, where you can view many species of marine birds.

On leaving the bird hide continue down the gravel path where you will find Chris Drury’s Horizon Line Chamber, a small oratory incorporating a camera obscura which acts as a self-contained projector for the world outside. Pass the Chamber and follow the gravel path to the lonely grave - take time to read the inscription and reflect before retracing your journey.

Travel to and from Sunderland Point

TRAVEL WARNING: It is important you check tide times before setting off, or speak to the hire point staff about tide times when making a booking. The approach road to Sunderland Point is only accessible at low tide. Be aware of the time you have available for your visit before being cut off.

You can check tide times here.

By Car

Sunderland Point is reached via the tidal road from the village of Overton.

Leave at J34 from the M6. Follow signs for Heysham on the A683. Turn left at the roundabout signposted Overton. Drive through Overton, cross the cattle grid and continue onto the tidal road, complying with the warning notices. You can leave your car (at your own risk) on the foreshore area in front of the public toilets. There is no vehicular access through Sunderland Point Village, nor is there any concessionary parking.

By Bus

There is no bus service to Sunderland Point.

The nearest bus stop is in the village of Overton, No 5 from Morecambe and a 1.5 mile walk through Overton Village and across the tidal causeway.


Please note there are no cafes or shops at Sunderland Point or in the next Village Overton. If you need refreshments for your visit then please bring a picnic.

There is no car park, but you are welcome to leave your car (at your own risk) on the foreshore by the public toilets.

There are public toilets, but these are accessed by steps.