Visiting the Heysham Coast with your dog

dog with owners by bench

Walking with your dog is a daily part of your routine. You might have your favourite spots to visit or enjoy mixing them up a bit to find new ones. The Heysham coast is a great place to blow away with the cobwebs with your four legged friend and enjoy views over Morecambe bay.

We know how important our places are to you so to help you keep them special for people and wildlife we’ve come up with the canine code so that you and your dog can play a part;

1. Take the lead

Caring for wildlife

As most dog lovers are animal lovers too, wanting to look after wildlife will be second nature. You can do this by keeping your dog under close control or if your dog is especially lively, on a short lead. 

Breeding wading birds at the coast often get disturbed by dogs running through the middle of them, causing them to fly up and leave their nests and their chicks so keep your dog close to you or on a short lead.

We’re so lucky to get such amazing wildlife making an appearance at our places. Birds nesting in low shrubs are regularly ripped out of their nests by inquisitive dogs and often fatally injured. You can help to stop this by keeping your dog under close control by your side or on a short lead.

2. Clean up dog poo

Nobody likes standing in dog poo or seeing dog bags hanging in trees and it’s harmful to people and animals. Put it in a bag and take it home with you or use a dog bin.

3. Paws for thought

Are you in the right area? Sometimes we might ask you to walk somewhere else to help us protect you, the places we look after and the wildlife that lives there. Keep an eye out for signs and be extra careful on coastal and cliff top paths.

4. Be on the ball

While lots of us love dogs, some of us don’t. That’s why it’s important to make sure your four-legged friend doesn’t run up to other people – especially children.

View of St Patrick's chapel

St Patrick's Chapel

St Patrick's Chapel possibly dates back to the mid-eighth century, or a little later. The rectangular chapel is constructed of sandstone and measures roughly 7 meters by 2.2 meters. One of the best architectural features is the curved Anglo-Saxon style doorway. Local tradition states that St Patrick may well have come ashore here in the fifth century, after being shipwrecked off the coast, and subsequently established a small chapel. The existing chapel is thought to have been built at least two centuries later to encourage the act of pilgrimage.