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A Guide to the Lake District - Flookburgh

A little about Flookburgh & its history

The village of Flookburgh originally was a fishing village, Flookburgh is situated in Morecambe Bay, it derives its name from flat fish - flukes, found throughout the Morecambe bay area.

Edward I granted Flookburgh a royal charter in 1278. Henry IV and Charles II later confirmed the charter, this charter town celebrates an annual charter festival in June symbolises this. The village of Flookburgh also holds the annual Cumbria Steam Gathering in July.

The town's market square was once the site of a chapel and graveyard with connections to Cartmel Priory. There is a cross in market square. In 1669 the plague hit Flookburgh also 1686 a major fire destroyed the village of Flookburgh. There is a manor home circa 1686 standing near Flookburgh's market square.

Many travellers crossed Morecambe Bay's sands, the town of Flookburgh, situated next to Morcambe bay sands, was an ideal stopping off and starting places for the cross bay walks.

Flookburgh & Potted Shrimps today
potted shrimps morecambe bay

Fishermen still harvest cockles and shrimps, small brown shrimps found in Morecambe bay are a local delicacy.

The Flookburgh fishermen have been collecting flounders, fluke and shrimps for over a hundred years, this job provided people in close communities also such as Ulverston, Bardsea, and Rampside. Today tractors and quads with trailers rake in the shrimps. Potted shrimps this began in the 1940's.

All shrimps are now peeled in Flookburgh & sent to Ulverston where the shrimps are added to unsalted butter and spices. Have a look out for the name Morecambe Bay Potted Shrimp.

Places and things to do in Flookburgh

Flookburgh has the tallest limestone cliff in Cumbria, Humphrey Head - recently yielding prehistoric and Roman artefacts. A legend says the last wolf in England was killed here, mind you this is also the case with the Wolf house gallery in Silverdale.

Humphrey Head Outdoor Centre
Great area to walk and explore
Flookburgh is great for mountain biking, also just down the road from Cartmel Fell

Where is Flookburgh?

Humphrey Head, Flookburgh and Cark, are located between Cartmel Sands and the Kent Estuary, facing the sea. Flookburgh is 3 miles southwest of Grange-Over-Sands on the B5277.


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