Water & The Tide...

A Commercial Waterway...



The Tide...

Sunderland Point is at the end of a causeway. On its East Shore is the tidal Lune Estuary and on its West Shore the Irish Sea. Although the Point is a land mass, its defining feature is its links with the sea. Twice a day, (except sometimes around the first and last quarters of the moon when the tide is lower than eight metres) the causeway is covered and the Point is cut off. At the turning of the tide, the tidal bore, like the ones on the Trent and the Severn, is accompanied by the rushing sound of its approaching wave.
The river has been a highway for hundreds - and probably thousands - of years. Commercial vessels still pass the Point on their way down the channel to and from Glasson Dock.
Pleasure boating and angling occur throughout the Lune Estuary with the Sailing Clubs nearby at both Morecambe and Glasson.
Fishing boats pass down the estuary after salmon, sea trout, shrimps, mullet etc. - and in the case of salmon and sea trout, you can see some of the country’s few remaining netsmen (and woman) ‘stand in’ the edge of the river with the traditional haaf net.
The normal tidal range in the estuary at Sunderland Point is about 8 metres. At its extremes, low tide is less than 1 metre and high tide can be over 10 metres. When the causeway is covered, Sunderland Point is cut off from neighbouring villages and the only ways to reach the Point are by boat - or by walking through the fields at the water’s edge.

The Point is defined by water, ever present and ever-changing. On the water’s surface the shades vary from mediterranean blue, inky black, a metallic sheen to aspects of brown. Equally, the bed of the Estuary, with its meandering channels and the silting and erosion of banks, prove that brown mud can be intriguingly attractive.
Tide tables should be consulted before visiting. Both the
Causeway and car park are likely to be under several feet of water for 1 to 2 hours before and after high tide.
A cargo ship from Glasson passing local boats
Yachts, inghies and wind-surfers make use of the water
Fishing at The Point
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