Gardens & grounds
Conishead Priory stands in seventy acres of gardens and woodland with a lake, streams, numerous walks and an enchanting beach on the shores of Morecambe Bay.
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk most of the year. There are three woodland walks to enjoy - please pick up a FREE Information & Woodland Walks leaflet from the foyer outside the shop or download here. The paths are permissive footpaths not public rights of way. Dogs are welcome, please keep them on leads and poop scoop.
From the beach are great scenic views across to Chapel Island, Morecambe and Lancaster, with the Lakeland hills and Yorkshire Dales in the distance.
The grounds are varied and have something of interest for everyone. The woodland has many old specimen trees such as Cedar of Lebanon, Douglas Fir and Deodar. In spring snowdrops blanket the ground followed by a beautiful display of bluebells and primroses.
For the birdwatcher there are 131 species of birds at Conishead, including three species of owl nesting in the woodland, and kingfishers by the lake. Regular sightings of Goldfinch, Little Egret, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, and Woodpeckers. Morecambe Bay is the most important estuary in Britain for its seabirds and waterfowl.
Many people come simply to relax in the peaceful atmosphere and beautiful surroundings. Families, walkers, cyclists and picnickers are welcome.
‘As I advanced, all that I saw and felt
Was gentleness and peace’.
William Wordsworth describing
Morecambe Bay near Conishead