All we could hear was the honking of geese from the nearby fields, the occasional cry of a curlew and the breath of the wind at Near Moss Farm Touring Caravan Park. We had hoped for a couple of days of peace and quiet and this site certainly delivered.
Near Moss Farm is on The Fylde, the west Lancashire coastal plain between the Ribble and Lune estuaries. The Fylde is best known for the seaside resorts of Blackpool, Lytham and Fleetwood but the northern coast is more farming than funfairs and is a different world to the bright lights of the towns.
Near Moss Farm is a Certified Location for Caravan Club members and a touring park; parts of the site are exclusively for adults. The pitches are all hard-standing and this tidy and well-kept site has a heated sanitary block. You will get a warm welcome from the friendly owners who also manage a fishing lake and three self-catering cottages.
The Fylde is pancake-flat with big skies and long views; this makes it perfect for cycling, so long as the prevailing westerly wind is behind you. A relaxing round trip of about 16 miles takes you from Near Moss Farm along sleepy lanes to the charming village of Knott End-on-Sea and back. In summer a small ferry crosses the Wyre estuary from Knott End-on-Sea to the delights of Fleetwood.
We were here in winter and so it was not ideal cycling weather. Instead we walked along the nearby coastal dykes looking over the salt marshes criss-crossed with channels,. The Irish Sea was to one side and farmland on the other and we spotted egrets, handsome shelducks, as well as swans and geese.
We also drove the short distance to Glasson Dock on the Lune estuary, still a working harbour and marina that was built as a port for Lancaster. Both the marina and Conder Green car parks have height barriers but there is plenty of road parking in and around the village, including on Tithe Barn Hill with views over the estuary. Once you have explored the lock and swing bridge, admired the boats in the marina and found the Port of Lancaster Smokehouse you might want to stretch your legs. We followed National Cycle Route Six, a popular and flat off-road route to Lancaster, and enjoyed more bird spotting along the river Lune.
Driving to Morecambe before we headed home we took a breezy walk along the sea front that put colour in my cheeks. Coffee in the magnificent grade two listed Art Deco Midland Hotel made this a pretty much a perfect walk. Built in 1933 I first visited the Midland Hotel in the 1990s; in those days this gorgeous hotel was memorable for its faded glamour. Today it is fully restored and once again a stunning bit of luxury.