There are plenty of beautiful, sandy beaches around the Fylde Coast including one right here on your door step at Lytham St.Annes. Pack up the towels, bucket and spade and head along to any of the ones listed below for a great day in the sun.
Lytham St.Annes Beach.
This is a classic family seaside destination and though actually close, could be a million miles from the flashing lights and one armed bandits of Blackpool.
Donkey rides on the sand, a renovated Victorian Pier, children’s playgrounds, Lytham’s famous green windmill, cafes, ice-cream parlours and municipal gardens: it’s a place of irresistible old fashioned charm.
At the Ribble Estuary end there is no swimming but the mud attracts a quarter million waders and wildfowl annually so take your binoculars. At Fairhaven Lake beside the beach (where there’s putting, bowling, tennis and boating) there’s an interactive RSPB Discovery Centre where you can learn about the local wildlife.
Miles of unspoilt sandy beaches treat Blackpool’s millions of visitors to the perfect stroll, a great British picnic, or building a sandcastle – whatever your age!
Blackpool is the only British holiday resort to have three fabulous piers – North, Central and South. The star-studded piers along Blackpool’s famous Golden Mile offer countless hours of thrills, spills and laughter.
You may be surprised by what you find on the seafront at Cleveleys. Wyre’s Mythic Coast Artwork trail brings a magical element to the Cleveleys seafront. Striking structures have brought to life ‘The Sea Swallow’ – a specially commissioned children’s story book that combines local folklore, myth and legend about Wyre’s coastline.
A memorial to ships wrecked off the Fylde coast between 1643 and 2008. The names of all the shipwrecks are etched through the steel. Located on Cleveleys promenade.
A 10 metre beacon featuring the Sea Swallows from the book. Made from coated aluminium it creates a landmark at the top of Victoria Road in Cleveleys on the promenade.
Go down to the beach and stand inside the Seashell when the tide is out. It is 4 metres high, made from stainless steel and weighs 16.5 tonnes. The Seashell was fabricated by Chris Brammall Limited of Cumbria.
Back on the promenade look for a paddle washed ashore. The timber Paddle is 9 metres long and 1.7 metres wide. It was carved from purpleheart timber by John Merrill and weighs in at 1.5 tonnes. The Paddle bears the inscription “the Sea Ogre’s paddle drifted up, to lie on the muddy sand like some strange offering…” taken from The Sea Swallow.
The Sea Ogre
A 4 metre stone Sea Ogre as featured in The Sea Swallow book is hidden somewhere along the beach at Cleveleys. The Sea Ogre was carved from limestone by Adrian Wright and weighs in at 12 tonnes.
Miles of striking coastline with rugged wildness and soft, sandy beaches. Visit in the summer and enjoy the bustling beaches. Walk along the promenade and gaze across the sparkling waters of Morecambe Bay towards the lake district fells. Wrap up warm and visit in winter to share those same views with just the fishermen and the seagulls.