Yes, for anyone who knows the area, you did read the title correctly. There definitely are things to do in Heysham… although to be fair, I don’t suppose you need to get too excited!
It’s been a while since I’ve had chance to take the family dog anywhere so decided to find somewhere new to take him. I looked up dog friendly beaches in the North West of England and Heysham was one that came up, in particular – Half Moon Bay which sits just north of the nuclear power station, Heysham 1. In fact, the power station forms part of your view when you’re at the beach! Now I know what you might be thinking, who on earth would want to visit somewhere near a nuclear power station, but there’s something strangely intriguing about it, maybe it’s the constant hum you hear in the distance or maybe it’s the juxtaposition of the scenery.
The Beach – Half Moon Bay
The beach itself is nothing fancy, at first glance it looks quite drab to be honest but it really is great for dog walkers because it has lots of rocky areas and at low tide there’s plenty of space for them to run. It looks like children also enjoy the area because there were lots of them hunting for shells and pebbles when I visited.
Just off the beach is a nice walk up to St Peter’s Church and St Patrick’s Chapel.
St Peter’s Church is a grade 1 listed building and I believe that some parts of the building date back to the 8th century. The churchyard is worth a look, it has some pretty interesting inscriptions on the gravestones, some quite sad actually. Also, part of the churchyard overlooks the bay which makes for a great (but slightly eerie) view.
The ruins of St Patrick’s Chapel are also quite interesting and, same as the church, has some great views over the bay.
Places to Eat and Parking
If you’re sticking close to the beach then you’ll probably pay a visit to the Half Moon Bay cafe which looks lovely and whilst you’re in there it actually hides the view of the power station so you can sit and admire the beach itself. There’s plenty of free parking across the road.
If you’re heading into Heysham village there’s a large car park with cheap parking close to a grassed area with a children’s park. There’s a couple more cafes on the lane up to the church and the church hall is home to a cute little cafe with an outside seating area. There’s also a couple of shops in the area, nothing much but the antique shop is worth a look.
So this post seems to have (unwittingly) turned into a tourist information post but the reason I sat down to write it was just to show that a simple trip to the beach to give the dog a run actually turned into an interesting day. Next time you’re stuck for ideas of what to do on your day off, stick a pin in a map (not too far from home) then head over and see what you can uncover about the place that you didn’t know before.
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