Sunderland is one of my favourite places in Lancashire, it is a lovely quaint village with a special atmosphere created by nature, the tides and its landscape.
Sunderland is asunder, it is isolated twice daily by the flooding tide. This makes it an intriguing place.
This walk combines two shorter walks, Owens walks ‘Around Sunderland Point’ and ‘Around Bazil Point’ have been combined to make an excellent excursion around the Lune Estuary SW of Overton village. The route between Sunderland and Overton can be varied depending upon the state of the tide. At low tide, the road across Lades Marsh can be used, it’s slightly shorter and can be very interesting for spotting wildlife.
Either way, this is an excellent outing in a wonderful corner of Lancashire.
For me, the effect of the tide is a great attraction, the tide transforms this landscape within a matter of a few hours, then reverts. As walkers, we should understand nature’s influences for our well being and to help us engage closer with our environment.
Along the shore is safe but personally, I would not venture onto the marsh areas without a local guide.
This is a lovely area and the light for photography/ painting is just fantastic - no matter what the weather, those ‘big skies’ are ever present.