Things to do in Pilling
Exploring Pilling village and Pilling Sands
Pilling is a small coastal village in the Wyre borough of Lancashire. It is situated approximately 9 miles South West of Lancaster and just 10 minutes’ drive from our 5-star Caravan and holiday home park. Pilling village is surrounded by farmland and salt marsh, making it a scenic stopping point on your way to larger towns such as Fleetwood, Blackpool and St Annes. Take an hour or so out of your day to explore this rugged section of the Lancashire Coast.
Pilling village is relatively small, with just two pubs and a number of churches to admire during your visit. Two of the churches are dedicated to John the Baptist. The older of the two is now redundant, but it has been well-maintained thanks to the involvement of the Churches Conservation Trust. A key can be collected nearby should you wish to take a look at the Georgian interior.
Further into the village the modern, St John the Baptist’s Church can be found. The grounds are carpeted with colourful flowers throughout much of the year, which has helped Pilling win national awards for its well-kept blooms.
For rail enthusiasts there is a steam engine on display – the Pilling Pig. This was one of a series of engines, which used to operate between Garstang and Knott End-on-Sea. Interestingly, it earned its name because locals thought it sounded like a pig!
Walks from Pilling
Pilling is a great starting place for a number of scenic walks, the majority of which are flat and suitable for all abilities. One of our favourites takes you from the village to Pilling Beach via School Lane. The route passes through farmland with grazing cattle and allows you to admire the beauty of the Lancashire countryside, whatever season you decide to visit.
Pilling Sands in an area of salt marsh – popular with bird watchers thanks to the wading birds that visit whilst they refuel and shelter over winter. It sits on an estuary overlooking the River Lune towards Morecambe Bay. Behind the beach there is a dedicated nature reserve and a section of the Lancashire Coastal Way passes nearby.
As you walk along the beach you will see remnants of gun emplacements within the sea wall. These are thought to date back to the Second World War. Pilling Sands is dog friendly year-round.
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