The taxi ride from Lancaster station to Morecambe took about 10 minutes, cost under a tenner and included a running commentary by our driver on the sights and history of the area: the importance of the Edwardian oil and cloth tycoon and philanthropist Lord Ashton, the horrific new train station and the recent refurbishment of the Midland Hotel. He dropped us at the hotel’s grand white façade.
We strolled for an hour in the sunshine taking in the scenery of mudflats, sea and Lake District peaks beyond, eating cones from the ‘50’s ice-cream van served by a charming, chatty lady clad in ’50s dress.
Next morning we took the coastal train to Grange Over Sands – a bird watcher’s paradise with stunning views back to Morecambe. We were on the Pendolino home within the hour, well walked, well fed, well informed and well impressed by this beautiful part of the north-west.
Where to stay and eat
The Midland Hotel It’s exquisitely decorated, everything chosen to reflect its glorious art-deco heyday: white pianos, Eric Gill stone friezes and ceiling mosaics, red carpets, streamlined balconies and white washed concrete. It looks like an ocean liner when viewed from the coastal walkway that winds along for miles in either direction.
In the hotel’s restaurant I had potted shrimps, mushroom risotto and sticky toffee pudding with two glasses of red for under £40. Marine Road West, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 4BU, (01524 42400, www.midlandmorecambe.co.uk). Rooms from £91.
Nearest train station Lancaster station, on the West Coast Main Line, is just 7.1 miles away from Morecambe. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for further information.
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