Although technically not a family walk in the Lake District, this was a fantastic family day out, which also involved a walk along the wide, safe prom. You could walk as little or as far as you liked! The day involved some time at Happy Mount Park and a stint on the beach.
We parked for free on the roadside on Marine Road, just outside Happy Mount Park. Post code for Sat Nav is LA4 6AQ. There is also off road pay and display parking available.
Happy Mount Park is a fantastic park, which has lots of things to see and do. There is a small free playground, which we visited first, whilst we planned our day. We decided to go into the Splash Park. This costs £1 per person (children and adults) and there are four timed sessions throughout the day: 10.30am – 12.15pm; 12.30pm – 2.15pm; 2.30pm – 4.15pm and 4.30pm – 6.15pm. You must purchase a wristband from the booth in advance of going in and spaces are limited. The splash park is open daily from May until September.
The kids had a blast! The water isn’t heated, but that didn’t stop them having lots of fun, gradually getting braver and braver until they were completely soaked and laughing their heads off! We took a picnic in with us but there was also a small kiosk to buy ice creams and some basic sandwiches and drinks.
The rest of the park includes a larger free natural adventure playground, right at the very end, which also has large sandpit areas. Then the other paid activities are: swing boats (£1.50pp), steam train (£1.50pp), larger enclosed junior playground, with lots of ride ons (£1.50 per child), trampolines (£1.30 for 5 minutes), carosel/roundabout (£1pp), plus adventure golf, bowls, a putting green, basketball and tennis courts. Additionally there is a cafe serving hot and cold food, which is situated in the same building as a soft play called Pirates in the Park. That’s £1.50 per child for half an hour. Note: toilets are behind the main cafe and you’ll need 20p.
After our splash park fun we headed off on our scooters (well, the kids did!) and zipped along the beautiful wide and safe promenade that is separated from the road by a wall. It’s 1.5 miles from Happy Mount Park to the Clock Tower, which is where the main sandy beach is (plus cafe, toilets and shops). Along the way there are several smaller, quieter beaches, so if you don’t fancy the full walk, you can stop at one of these. Do please take great care as the sands are quick sands in the bay and the tide comes in very quickly. Stick to the safe beaches. There are also two great, new (ish) playgrounds to enjoy along the promenade route to the main beach.
We all had an awesome family day and only did a small fraction of what Morecambe has to offer. As the kids grow we will, no doubt, cycle along the prom and go further and faster!