Fylde Coast Seafront - from Lytham to Fleetwood

Fylde Coast Seafront - from Lytham to Fleetwood

Explore the Fylde Coast Seafront. Look around from Lytham in the south, through Blackpool to Fleetwood in the north – with the Visit Fylde Coast websites.

What and Where is the Fylde Coast Seafront?

The Fylde Coast is a peninsula of land on the north west coast of England. It’s the bit above Liverpool but below Lancaster and the Lake District. It’s the area of land between the river estuaries of the Ribble in the South and the Wyre in the North.

Lytham

Starting in the south, Lytham sits at the mouth of the Ribble Estuary.

Lytham Windmill at Lytham Green on the Fylde Coast Seafront
Lytham Windmill at Lytham Green on the Fylde Coast Seafront

It’s where the historic Lytham Windmill stands on the attractive Lytham Green, between the town centre and the waters edge.

Explore Lythams coastline here

The coastal defences between Lytham and St Annes are being rebuilt. Read about sea defence work at Church Scar and Fairhaven Lake here.

Fairhaven Lake

Following the coastline in the photo above and head north, and before you get to St Annes you reach Fairhaven Lake.

Fairhaven Lake at Lytham St Annes on the Fylde Coast seafront
Fairhaven Lake at Lytham St Annes

It’s a green and natural habitat for wildlife and a popular leisure spot with locals and visitors.

The Fairhaven area is where you would have previously found a huge dune system known at Starr Hills. Part of it can still be found inland opposite the entrance of AKS School, near to Clifton Hospital.

St Annes

Next stop north is St Annes where the beach is huge and made of golden sand, and the seafront is a lovely place to visit.

St Annes Beach and promenade on the Fylde Coast seafront
St Annes Beach and promenade

The outgoing tide retreats a long way down the sandy beach, and the sea rarely reaches the seawall when it does come back in.

St Annes is a Victorian seaside resort, with original architecture, wide seafront gardens, a pier, bandstand and children’s paddling pool.

Head north past the pier and explore a huge, natural sand dune system. It starts low and rises to dramatic hills as you approach Squires Gate and the boundary of the borough of Fylde and Blackpool.

The sand dunes are an important sea defence, and also a rich habitat for rare and interesting plants and wildlife.

Blackpool South Shore

At Squires Gate the natural dunes end and Blackpool sea defences begin.

New South Promenade Blackpool, part of the Fylde Coast seafront
New South Promenade Blackpool

The coastline from Blackpool South Shore right through to the golf course at Fleetwood is a completely man-made sea defence. It’s designed to protect the houses, roads, tramway, infrastructure, holiday resorts, and businesses from flooding from the sea.

Man made sea defences at Blackpool South

Blackpool Central

You’ll next pass through central Blackpool with all the razzamataz of the Golden Mile, the attractions and the three piers.

Blackpool Central promenade and beach, on the Fylde Coast seafront
Blackpool Central promenade and beach

If you haven’t been to Blackpool for a long time you’ll see a big difference!

The whole of the promenade between North and South Piers follows a sweeping design with curves and man-made headlands. Tower Festival Headland is one of them, where the Switch On is held along with other big events through the year.

The sea wall along Blackpool seafront is mainly a stepped design which dispels the energy of the sea carried by the waves. But the steps are also endless seating for those hot, sunny days when you visit the beach.

Blackpool North Shore

Around North Pier the flat landscape changes as the main road rises away from the beach in the area known as North Cliffs.

Blackpool north looking from Gynn roundabout, on the Fylde Coast seafront
Blackpool north looking from Gynn roundabout, on the Fylde Coast seafront

The resort of Blackpool carries on for quite some way. Blackpool North Shore extends past the Colonnades, Gynn roundabout (above) and seafront Jubilee Gardens.

Blackpool north shore boating pool and cliff lift on the Fylde Coast seafront
Blackpool north shore boating pool and cliff lift

Next you reach the boating pool (which is actually a go-kart track now) and cliff lift. Look out to see spectacular views of the sea and of course the famous west coast sunsets.

Bispham

The resort of Blackpool, but not the borough, ends at Bispham.

It’s where the promenade meets Redbank Road, marked with the Illuminations arch, and it’s also where there’s a tram stop building.

Bispham welcome arch at Redbank Road, a landmark on the Fylde Coast seafront
Bispham welcome arch at Redbank Road

The seafront is still high at this point, and from here it starts to drop back to sea level as you approach Little Bispham and Anchorsholme.

Anchorsholme

At Anchorsholme the unitary borough of Blackpool meets Wyre and the town of Cleveleys. The sea wall is built in levels between beach and the cliff top walk, which makes it a great spot for safely watching spectacular waves!

Waves overtopping the lower seawall at Blackpool seafront at Anchorsholme, on the Fylde Coast seafront
Waves overtopping the lower seawall at Blackpool seafront at Anchorsholme

It’s also where a brand new section of sea wall has just been completed at a cost of £22m.

Read about the Anchorsholme sea defence scheme here.

New Blackpool sea defences at Anchorsholme, Fylde Coast seafront
New Blackpool sea defences at Anchorsholme

Princes Way and the sea front has all been substantially raised to meet the level of Anchorsholme Park and protect against flooding.

Cleveleys

Your next stop north is Cleveleys where the promenade and seawall was rebuilt in recent years.

Cleveleys promenade on the Fylde Coast seafront
Cleveleys promenade

Enjoy the public art trail along Cleveleys promenade. See if you can spot all the large pieces of sculpture – they’re from the story of the Sea Swallow.

The stone Ogre on Cleveleys beach, from the story of the Sea Swallow, on the Fylde Coast seafront
The stone Ogre on Cleveleys beach, from the story of the Sea Swallow

Further north beyond The Venue and the seafront cafe is Rossall Beach.

Rossall Beach Cleveleys where you can park your car and enjoy views over the sea of the Fylde Coast seafront
Rossall Beach Cleveleys where you can park your car and enjoy views over the sea

Here you’ll find an old section of seafront and a natural shingle beach, before arriving at Rossall School.

Fleetwood

Just past Rossall School as you’re heading north to Fleetwood is the amazing new Rossall sea wall.

Aerial view of Rossall Sea Defences at Fleetwood, part of the Fylde Coast seafront
Aerial view of Rossall Sea Defences at Fleetwood

It’s a £64m piece of civil engineering which has seen the coastal defences completely rebuilt between Westway and Fleetwood Golf Course.

Beyond the golf course the land mass changes direction and the man made sea defences give way to a natural and wild coastline at Rossall Point. This is also where you’ll find Rossall Point Coastwatch Tower.

Rossall Point Coastwatch Tower at Fleetwood, on the Fylde Coast seafront
Rossall Point Coastwatch Tower at Fleetwood

Before you approach the docks you’ll find Ferry Beach adjacent to Fleetwood RNLI lifeboat station.

Ferry Beach at Fleetwood Esplanade with the Lifeboat station at the right. Important on the Fylde Coast seafront.
Ferry Beach at Fleetwood Esplanade with the Lifeboat station at the right

This beach, along with much of the rest of Fleetwood seafront, is a site of Special Scientific Interest. It’s where you’ll find native sea holly and other specially adapted plants, and all the wildlife which is attracted by them.

Fleetwood Docks

Fleetwood was once a major fishing port. Some boats still land their catch here. A thriving fish market and fish processing industry still remain.

Fishing boats at Fleetwood on River Wyre, still on the Fylde Coast seafront
Fishing boats at Fleetwood on River Wyre

River Wyre

Parts of the banks of the River Wyre are accessible for walking.

Fleetwood Marsh Nature Reserve, still on the Fylde Coast seafront as it turns into the estuary
Fleetwood Marsh Nature Reserve

Fleetwood Marsh Nature Reserve and the Wyreside Country Park at Stanah are accessed by inland roads but sit against the tidal banks of the River Wyre.

Further inland you can step back in time by exploring Skippool Creek.

Skippool Creek on the River Wyre, technically still on the Fylde Coast seafront
Skippool Creek on the River Wyre

See the boats moored on the individual inlets carved out of the banks of the river. It’s a photographers and artists dream, a place to find inspiration. It’s also steeped in history and was the original trading port of the area.

Google map of the Fylde Coast seafront
Google map of the Fylde Coast seafront

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