Plover Scar Lighthouse

Plover Scar Lighthouse stands at the point where the River Lune enters Morecambe Bay and marks the edge of the deepwater channel for boats heading towards Glasson Docks.  It was built in 1847 on a rock ledge that is only uncovered at low tide and stands 26ft high.  In 2016, it was badly damaged in a collision with a passing ship, but fortunately for photographers (and sailors!) it was subsequently repaired and restored to its original condition.  The lighthouse can be reached by a short walk from Cockerham Sands caravan site, which also passes the site of the 12th century Cockersand Abbey.  All that remains of the Abbey today is the octagonal Chapterhouse, built in 1230.

The lighthouse makes a fine subject for sunset images, but as with all coastal features, care must be taken to check the tide times, and as the tide rises quickly it is best visited on an outgoing tide.

Location and Parking

Postcode: LA2 0AZ

The B5272 runs between Cockerham and Lancaster.  About 1.5 miles north of Cockerham, take a minor road (Moss Lane) west, signposted to Cockeraham Sands.   Continue on Moss Lane for 1.8 miles until a T junction with Slack Lane is reached, turn left (south) and left again at the next junction until emerging onto the banks of Morercambe Bay.   There is a small parking area a few yards to the left, in front of the By Ways caravan park.

From the car park, head north on a path that runs up onto the sea wall and continue on through a gate into open farmland when the lighthouse will come into view.  Cockersand Abbey is to the right.  The walk to the lighthouse is just under 1 mile and takes about 20 minutes.  Good walking boots or wellingtons are advised for the walk out to the lighthouse, which is only accessible at low tide.

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