You really are beside the briny at Knott End for as well as the salty sea there are massive beds of rocksalt beneath your feet. The name comes from the Middle English "Knot", meaning a hillock, and it's an apt description for the little town at the end of a promontory overlooking Morecambe Bay. This prime spot, at the mouth of the River Wyre, was first settled by the Vikings and then the Romans. Perhaps for them the seaward view brought memories of distant home, but our eyes were drawn to the outlined Lakeland fells.
LOCATION: Ten miles north of M55 Junct 3.
START: Knott End-on-Sea off A588. Quailholme Rd car park, behind Knott End café, toilets
Grid ref: SD346485 Postcode: FY6 0EA
DISTANCE: 4 miles
GRADE: Easy, good for birders
TIME: 2 hours
MAP: Explorer - Lancaster, Morecambe & Fleetwood Landranger 102
NOTE: Ferry: www.wyre.gov.uk
REFRESHMENTS: Knott End
EN ROUTE: Wyre Way, Barnaby Sands, Pilling Pig Railway, Hackensall Hall
This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News