Sunderland Point

Sunderland Point Lancashire LA3

Surrounded by the salt marshes between Lancaster and Morecambe, with views of the Lancashire Hills and Lake District Fells in the distance, this little peninsula feels like a very lonely spot, with spectacular views and a strangely haunting atmosphere.  It is only accessible by a single track road at low tide, being surrounded by marshes that flood with the tidal sweep from the River Lune and Morecambe Bay.  In the 18th century it was a thriving port, second only to London and Bristol for slave vessels and cotton ships, but its importance declined as nearby ports such as Lancaster began to open up.  There is a fine Gatepier and a number of graceful Georgian buildings along the front, and on the other side of this isolated spit of land is Sambo’s grave, said to be the last resting place of a young black slave who died in 1736. There is a memorial plaque, and often little stones and flowers left by local children decorate the grave. 

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