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An afternoon at Sunderland Point

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sunderland point, days out in lancashire, sambos grave, fossil hunting

Sunderland Point in Lancashire

 

If you’re looking for places to visit in the North West of England then Sunderland Point is like stumbling upon a secret, it’s beautiful and its history intriguing. This tiny village is situated only a couple of miles outside Lancaster on the peninsular by the River Lune Estuary. The village can only be reached by narrow road over the tidal marshes which are flooded at high tide.

We spent a brilliant afternoon here, it felt like we were in the middle of nowhere, it had a strange old fashioned holiday style vibe to it. Definitely felt like somewhere time had forgotten.

At the beginning of the 18th Century it was used as a port for slave and cotton ships before falling into disuse by the end of the century when Glasson Docks were opened. This is a naturally beautiful place to spend time, the walks are fairly easy although the beaches are quite rocky and there are areas of sinking sand. 

A poignant part of a walk around this area has to be a visit to Sambo’s grave. History has it that Sambo was a slave left by his master at the inn where he sadly died a few days later. He was buried on unconsecrated ground. His grave is now marked and often found to be surrounded by decorated pebbles. This is a good introduction to the history of the slave trade and would be great followed up with a trip to Liverpool to the Maritime Museum and International Slavery Museum – on of the great things to do in the North West of England. 

This is a lovely place to spend a day, the ideal location for rambling, looking at birds and wildflowers or just enjoying the beaches and taking a picnic. The Friends of Sunderland Point organise a variety of events in the area details can be found on the website.  One of the most exciting parts of the visit was the children finding fossils! Nothing says Free Range Kids quite like a bit of fossil hunting! 

If you were looking for other things to do in this area you could always pay a visit to the Port of Lancaster Smokehouse or head over to Arnside & Silverdale.

the details…. 

  • head over to the Friends of Sunderland Point website for all the up to date info and tide times.
  • take a picnic there’s nowhere to buy food