Heysham is an area of land on the Morecambe Bay side of the Heysham peninsula. Heysham Head has the only sea cliffs between Cumbria and North Wales, and the adjacent coastal strip is largely unspoilt.
The beautiful village of Heysham retains many of its stone-built cottages dating back to the 17th century. The church of St. Peter’s has a stunning location, overlooking Morecambe Bay, and nearby on the headland, can be found the ruins of St. Patrick’s Chapel dating from about the 8th century. The headland itself is managed by the National Trust and access is free.
South of Heysham is the old village of Overton and further across a salt marsh road, blocked for part of the day on high spring tides, is the remote hamlet of Sunderland Point, where the most visited site is Sambo’s Grave. An account of Sunderland Point was published by HHA i The Heysham Peninsula (2000); it is available as a download pdf: click here. The cover of The Heysham Peninsula features the watercolour painting of part of Sunderland Point by William Wells with permission.
North of Heysham lies Morecambe, the best way to journey there is by foot or bicycle along the prom, admiring the great view across the bay. There are also frequent buses to both Morecambe and Lancaster from the village (even more frequent ones from Heysham Road) - see bustimes.org for a live map.