Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Morecambe Bay and a Brief Encounter

I went as a passenger recently on a Coach Trip run by Woods Coaches of Leicester.

Although I run my own excursions, it is very nice to sometimes go on other people`s trips, when I`m not actually in charge of anything! Of course I know that Woods are a very good company - I hire coaches from them.

This time it was a day in Lancashire, not far from the Lake District.

Having set out from St. Margarets Bus Station, we travelled in a North Westerly direction until we got to Sandbach Services, where we made a stop, and I for one was able to get a good breakfast.

Then we continued up into Lancashire, travelling through the historic old town of Lancaster and eventually arriving at Carnforth.

Here most of the party spent most of their time at the railway station, where the Refreshment Rooms have been reopened and where there is now an excellent Visitor Centre. It is here that the famous film "Brief Encounter", starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, was filmed.

We then left Carnforth and travelled a short way to Hest Bank, where we boarded a boat for a ride on the tranquil Lancaster Canal, including a stop, where some of us got off, on the impressive Lune Aqueduct.

The boat took us all the way into Lancaster, where we got back on the coach, and went for a visit to Morecambe. Most paid homage to the statue of the great Eric Morecambe on the seafront, and everybody admired the many statues of seabirds, as well as the fabulous views across Morecambe Bay to the distant hills of the Lake District.

Then it was time to come home to Leicester, with a stop on the way at Keele Services.

In spite of the weather, which was a touch miserable, it was a very interesting and enjoyable day.