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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

We enjoyed a fun family day out last month, making the most of sustainable travel from our doorstep. The day began at Gargrave station, less than 1 1/2 miles across the fields from Newton Grange (along the Pennine Way footpath), or in our case, a 2 mile drive to the free station car park in order to transport everything we needed for the day. Including a bucket and spade, of course!

Gargrave-station

For we were heading to the seaside in Morecambe. After just under an hour and a half on the train, passing through fabulous Dales and Three Peaks scenery, we arrived. It was mid-morning and we walked the short distance to the promenade and the beach, for the first of the day's sandcastle-making. It mainly involved us making sandcastles, rapidly followed by them being knocked down as quickly as possible by Emma!

We enjoyed some walking - and running games - along the wide promenade to the centre point that is the Midland Hotel. Known for its art-deco styling and an impressive refurb, the hotel occupies a promenant position on the seafront. We tucked in to a tasty lunch in the Rotunda Bar, which had a pleasing menu for children as well as adults. Emma loved the bolognese, and the pasta gave her more energy for post-lunch running, which we just about managed to keep up with!

The promenade is a popular spot for walkers, runners and cyclists and nice and wide. It is also on the National Cycle Route and there were enticing signboards  to the Coast-Coast Cycle Route from Morecambe to Bridlington. I made a mental note to remember this for sometime in the future.

We walked along the pier towards the sea, and enjoyed a pot of tea during 'nap-time'. It was a welcome refreshment before the second phase of sandcastle making commenced. The delight of filling buckets with sand and simple pleasures in life.

sandcastle-making

We felt full of fresh air and contented on our way home, sitting on the train that transported us almost all the way back to our doorstep. A highly recommended day out, and great to take a train journey to the seaside from our home in the Yorkshire Dales.