Things to see on the Heysham Coast
The Heysham Coast offers more than your average seaside stroll. It has a history of saints, shipwrecks and graves, all against the backdrop of Morecambe Bay. Take a minute to soak up the views from the chapel on the headland, believed to have been established by St Patrick.
Sunsets and seaside sounds
Stand on the headland at Heysham to experience the evening sunsets across Morecambe Bay. Watch as the sun slowly melts into the sea and the sky moves from blue to pink to orange.
Watch the tides changing and the stormy weather bringing in crashing waves. Listen out for the 'peep' of the oystercatchers as they wait for the sea to uncover their next meal, hidden in the mud.
St Patrick's Chapel
According to local legend, St Patrick came ashore here in the 5th century after being shipwrecked, and subsequently established a small chapel on the headland.
St Patrick’s Chapel still exists today, though the current structure is thought to have been built at least two centuries after the original to encourage the act of pilgrimage.
The rectangular chapel is made of sandstone and measures just seven by 2.2 metres. One of its most impressive features is its curved Anglo-Saxon-style doorway.
The chapel is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I-listed building. It’s also a Scheduled Ancient Monument, which means that it gets extra protection due to its age, uniqueness and fragility.
The intriguing story of man’s connection with Heysham continues with the remains of eight rock-cut graves. Located just south of the chapel, they were cut from the sandstone headland. Look out for several that are body-shaped and have rock-cut sockets; these were possibly designed to hold wooden crosses.
It's thought that the graves were created around the 11th century and were used for burying very high-status people. Take a moment to absorb the atmosphere of the area around you – it’s easy to feel transported back in time.
The unveiling of this story has been made possible by archaeological excavations over the years, the most recent taking place in April 1993 on land below the stone coffins. No human bones were found, but more than 1,200 artefacts were recovered, revealing that the site was occupied around 12,000 years ago.
The Heysham trail
To get the most from your visit to the Heysham Coast, download the self-guided Heysham trail, which will tell you what to look out for during your time here.
Discover the 780 miles of beautiful coastline in our care. Plan your next coastal adventure, whether you want to explore soft, sandy beaches or rugged, windswept cliffs.
Try out the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities children can enjoy by the sea, from paddling or swimming, to catching crabs and skimming stones.
While canoeing and kayaking are great ways to experience nature and keep fit, they can be dangerous if you don't follow the guidelines. Learn how to stay safe with our advice and guidance.
The Heysham Coast is a great place to explore with your four-legged friend. To help keep this place special for other people and wildlife, please follow the Canine Code.