A bit of rain during the night but the day was dry, grey and with a chilly breeze so ok. We drove up to Fleetwood, which in fact, though only 29 miles away took well over an hour and an hour and a half on our return! That has been the only downside of this area – the traffic- way too much of it! We seem to have been able to avoid traffic since Newport (May) and there shouldn’t be too much when we get up into the woods of Scotland – yippee! Also I’m not sure where all the traffic was going as they certainly weren’t in Fleetwood!
We wandered along the beach from Rossall Point, where we got to last week towards Fleetwood.
The main beach here is Marine Beach, mostly sandy but enough Poppydog sized stones to keep someone happy!
This then becomes Ferry Beach (with a passenger ferry across the river Wyre to Knots-end-on-sea) where the sea meets the estuary (unsafe for bathing should you be tempted!).
At the end of Ferry Beach, on the promenade is this beautiful sculpture ‘Welcome Home’ by Anita Lafford in honour of the many past and present fishermen of Fleetwood.
And the diminutive Beach Lighthouse, standing just 10m high.
As the beach and promenade ran out to make way for the Docks we headed inland to look at the Pharos Lighthouse which unusually sits in the middle of a residential street (Pharos Street!) and stands some 28m in height. For boats navigating the sandbanks of Morecambe Bay the two Lighthouses need to be aligned (one on top of the other) to safely enter the Wyre Estuary.
Here you can see the Beach Lighthouse in the distance to the right.
We also walked up to have a look at Pagoda style Summerhouse built on the Mount (the highest sand dune), which is probably a nice place to sit and take in the view, but it is cold and time to make our way back!
A pleasant enough 5 mile round trip, but I certainly wouldn’t negotiate all that traffic again to make a return trip!
Two thoughts of the day:
I think we have done a pretty thorough walk of this stretch of coastline.
From Bude to Fleetwood – what a wonderful journey through 2018 – only 340 miles in the car but it has taken us 10 months and lots of fabulous beaches to get here.