Slyne-with-Hest shown within Lancashire
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Slyne-with-Hest is a civil parish in the City of Lancaster in Lancashire, England. It had a population of 3,163 recorded in the 2001 census. The parish is north of Lancaster and consists of two villages; Slyne, on the A6 road, and Hest Bank on the coast.
Hest Bank (Lancashire, England, the boundaries of which include the coastline, from a western shoreline of salt-flats that adjoin the northern extremities of Morecambe's Victorian era Promenade, to a less clearly defined boundary in the east with the village of Slyne, which dates from Anglo-Saxon times.) is a village in north-western
Hest Bank's best known building, 'The Hest Bank Hotel' (previously named the Sands Inn), is itself hundreds of years old, and once served as a coaching station for traffic crossing the sands of what is now called Morecambe Bay. The Ordnance Survey Maps still show the Right-of-way across Morecambe Bay from Hest Bank to Grange-over-Sands, and many walkers enjoy guided walks across the bay, which take place from Spring to Autumn, normally every other weekend, tides allowing. The Right-of-Way is not suitable for normal motor vehicles, there being water at around knee-height to cross the outflow from the River Kent.
In 1965 this originally coastal village was the scene of a rail accident on 20 May when a sleeper train from London Euston bound for Glasgow left the rails at 70 mph and collided with the Hest Bank station buildings. No one was seriously injured, although from that time Hest Bank has ceased to serve as a passenger station, its railside platform consequently now lying buried in undergrowth.
Today, Hest Bank has several businesses, which include; The Hest Bank Hotel, situated next to the canal, Hest Bank Kennels, Cattery and Dog Training Centre, which comprise the largest Boarding Kennels in the Lancaster area, and numerous shops and B&Bs.
The village has a primary school: St Lukes Slyne-with-Hest; and tennis, football and bowling clubs.
Notable former residents include Thora Hird.
- Official website
- Cross Bay Run to Hest Bank by Keith Wilkinson (reporter)
- ITV Local report on Cross Bay Run to Hest Bank