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Our Pick of the Best Coastal Walks in Lancashire

1st June 2022

St Annes Beach - prom and sand dunes (55)

Lancashire is home to some of the best coastal walks in the UK, with something to suit avid hikers and those looking for a leisurely afternoon stroll. There are plenty of routes to discover throughout the county, each promising miles of unspoiled shoreline, abundant wildlife and magnificent views.

We highly recommend enjoying a walk along the beach during your stay at Moss Wood Caravan Park. Whatever time of year you decide to visit, we’re sure you’ll find a coastal route to suit your needs.

Lancashire Coastal Way

Lancashire Coastal Way from Moss Wood

The Lancashire Coastal Way is one of the longest waymarked walking trails in England. It stretches 137 miles from Merseyside to Cumbria and includes a variety of landscapes, including saltmarshes, quiet farmland and heathland.

Lancashire Coastal Way from Moss Wood

Hikers typically split the Lancashire Coastal Way into small sections, which can be completed as a series of day walks from starting points throughout the region. Tackling the footpath in smaller, more manageable walks gives you plenty of opportunity to explore the area in more depth and make pit stops to rest and refuel.

Rossall Point

Photo credit: Stephen Gidley

 

There are various points of interest along the route and fantastic views of the surrounding scenery. You’ll pass through the bustling seaside resorts of Morecambe, Lancaster, Fleetwood, Blackpool and Lytham St Annes as well an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Arnside and Silverdale. The area is rich in flora and fauna and it’s a great route for wildlife watching. The marshes have an abundance of birdlife, which attract enthusiasts from across the country.

Download a Lancashire Coastal Way Map

 

Mythic Coast Artwork Trail

If you’re looking for a coastal walk with a difference, we highly recommend heading to Cleveleys to check out the Mythic Coast Artwork Trail. This popular route extends along the seafront and features a range of art installations inspired by popular children’s book, ‘The Sea Swallow’.

Cleveleys beach

Photo credit: 70023venus2009, Flickr

Sculptures

There are five remarkable sculptures to discover – each steeped in maritime history and local folk law. Younger members of the family will enjoy clambering over the gigantic structures and photographers can snap some impressive shots.

Our personal favourite is the ‘Seashell’, which can be found midway along the beach. Standing at 4 metres high it is quite the spectacle, especially when the sun casts shadows across the sand. At low water you can climb inside and listen to the sounds of the sea!

cleveleys beach sculpture trail

Photo credit: Gerald Murphy, Flickr

These magical artworks are well worth a visit especially if you have children in tow. The walk doesn’t take long and can be incorporated into a day trip to Cleveleys, which has all the trappings of a seaside town.

cleveleys swallows

Photo credit: A S Morton

Along the way you’ll have lovely views out across the Irish sea. It’s enjoyable in the summer or on a blustery winter’s day.

Copies of the Seashell children’s book are available to purchase in Cleveleys Visitor Centre.

 

Wyre Way

The Wyre Way is a long-distance footpath in Lancashire. It is split into 3 sections and covers a total of 45 miles. The waymarked route follows the River Wyre from the estuary at Morcambe Bay to its source above the fells at Abbeystead. The route incorporates a range of landscapes, including wild moorland, farmland and marshes.

For the best coastal views, we recommend tackling section 1 – a circular route around the Fleetwood Peninsula. Its 16 miles long and takes approximately 8 hours to complete. You’ll need to factor in additional time for the Knott End ferry crossing – don’t forget to check the timetable before heading out!

Fleetwood peninsula loop

Begin at the Wyre Estuary Country Park and head North along the Wyre Esturary. This section is a haven for birdlife, so keep your eyes peeled as you make your way along the path. You’ll soon reach the Rossall Point observation tower where you can enjoy far-reaching views across the Irish sea and Morecambe Bay. In the opposite direction you can even see the Lake District in the distance.

Continue along the promenade at Fleetwood and then take the ferry to Knott End. Once you’ve arrived, head south past the old salt mines and sea defences until you reach the marshes at Shard Bridge. From here you can cross the river and make your way back to the start.

Please note – the start of the walk follows the Wyre Estuary, which is prone to flooding at high water. Hikers should consult tide tables before heading out and aim to complete the section between Knott End and Shard Bridge 3 hours either side of low tide. If you are concerned by water levels, please pick an alternate inland route.

Download a Wyre Way Map

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