Blackpool and it’s magnificent beaches – miles of them……

Another lovely Autumn day, as was yesterday ( no blog because we were busy spending time catching up with lovely rellies), so off to Blackpool we go! We found a cheeky little free parking spot at the southern end of town and went straight down onto the South Shore beach – looking towards St Anne’s beach.

North towards South Pier.

And out to to sea.

Deserted too! A bit further along and South Pier came into view as did the amazing roller coaster at Pleasure Beach – I have been on it, many years ago! but look how high it is?

We stayed on the beach, wandering underneath the pier onto Central Beach, another wide expanse of lovely sandy beach, with Central Pier and the Tower in the distance.

Just before walking under Central Pier we walked up onto the promenade to take a closer look at the lights and centre of town.

Then returned to the beach for a better look at Central Pier and the Tower.

Central Beach continues on towards North Pier, looking back to see the low sun casting a shimmer of gold over the sea next to the Central Pier.

From here we went back up onto the promenade to get a proper look at the iconic Blackpool Tower built in 1894, inspired by the Eiffel Tower and standing 518 feet tall.

In the shadow of the tower is the 1800 sq m Comedy Carpet, created by artist Gordon Young and celebrates the jokes, sketches and catchphrases of some 850 British comedians.

We rejoined the beach to enjoy the deserted North Shore Beach.

And still we pressed on a little further to see the sand stretching on past Bispham and Norbreck to Cleveleys where we started our journey last week.

With the sun fast disappearing over the horizon it is time to make our way back.

Leaving the beach at North Pier as darkness wins we head for the bright lights of town to illuminate our walk back along the promenade to the car.

Shame that we have missed both the Illuminations and the Christmas Lights but we have enjoyed pretty much having the place to ourselves! A fair old 11 mile round trip – not a pipsqueak from Poppydog on the way back – not that I had much to say either!!

Two thoughts of the day:

They were quite profound, but I’m too tired to remember what they were!

Goodnight!

Inland to Witton Country Park….

A lovely sunny day, all day – our favourite kind of day. Today we are off to visit my Auntie in Blackburn with a stop off at Witton Country Park to keep Poppydog happy.

A lovely big park on the outskirts of Blackburn, as you might expect on a lovely Autumn day, the park was very busy around the play areas, with games of hockey, rugby and football all being on played on the relevant pitches, as well as children running around kicking footballs and riding bikes – so it was Poppydog heaven or hell, depending on which way you look at it! However, as is always the case once you get past all this activity, a whole empty park beckoned.

We enjoyed a stroll around the park.

And then a lovely afternoon catch up with my Auntie, who I haven’t seen for quite some time – perfect day!

Two thoughts of the day:

What a bonus to this fabulous journey, catching up with long lost friends and family.

Anyone else a little bit fed up with ‘Brexit’ – there is no way it is going to end well – we Brits are usually pretty good at sticking and working together in a crisis – what has gone wrong?

Back to Formby……

A mild, dry and grey day for us today. Didn’t fancy dealing with Friday afternoon traffic, so decided that Blackpool can wait until next week and headed to Formby instead. Parking up at the Formby Road NT carpark we set off into the woods.

This area is so large that you rarely bump into anyone else, you might hear distant conversation or a dog barking but otherwise it’s birdsong and rustling leaves – lovely. Poppydog had a ball, disturbing 3 pheasants, 2 rabbits and a squirrel – it’s a good job that she is no twinkle toes as she charges around the undergrowth as I would hate her to catch something!

After a happy couple of hours amble we returned via the beach.

Love this place!

Two thoughts of the day:

So now we have ‘early Black Friday’ sales – really? Should you wait for actual ‘Black Friday’ in case the deals are better? Fortunately with my simple life I don’t need anything, so it can be any colour it wants!!

Wow, we were out for four hours this afternoon and the site was maybe a quarter full – when we got back they were queuing out the gates to get in and it is now full! I guess the power of Christmas lights switch on, on Sunday?

A wander around Southport…..

A lovely sunny day all day, today. As I had promised, much to Poppydog’s disgust, we took a slow wander around the town of Southport. To be fair, nothing spectacular, but quite a pleasant, old fashioned but reasonably smart town. We started in Victoria Park, home to the famous Southport Flower Show, which actually runs along the back of the site and where we often take our morning stroll. I guess this is quite a feature during the show.

From here we wandered down the main street ‘Lord Street’, a wide avenue full of lovely old shops, set in tall Victorian ornate buildings.

Past the Christmas Tree in the centre of town- how can they call this a tree? Is it cost or are they being green?

Between the old high street and the newer precinct that runs parallel and houses all the more typical high street shops, are a series of little covered arcades.

Towards the end of the main high street is the Cenotaph and memorial gardens.

From here we wandered back down to the lakeside, past the ‘smallest’ pub in Britain, and back in time to watch the sun going down in Victoria Park.

A day off the beaches but a pleasant 4.5 mile walk nonetheless.

Two thoughts of the day:

The Victorian’s certainly knew how to build but were also very fond of open spaces to enjoy.

This site could be the setting for Watership Down – rabbits everywhere! It is driving Poppydog wild!

From Ainsdale Sands to Formby…..

Wet overnight again but dry and mostly cloudy with a little bit of sunshine at the end of the day. Didn’t feel like driving far today, so we popped a couple of miles down the road and parked up at Ainsdale Sands. This is a fabulous area for dog walking as there is a large area of dunes as well as the wide expanse of beach.

For the keen and fit you can pretty much walk from Southport to RAF Altcar along either the beach or through the dunes, which is the best part of 10 miles. We have now completed this but in stages!

After the first part of the beach, which we avoided by going through the dunes, there was no one about so it was ‘off roading’ for Poppydog all the way.

Poppydog’s sense of smell is pretty amazing, I have been using the thrower to lob the tennis ball in amongst the dunes and she comes back with it every time!

A lovely way to spend an afternoon don’t you think? 5.5 miles round trip for me and probably 100.5 miles for Poppydog – result!

Back to site in time for a spectacular sunset.

Two thoughts of the day:

Did a bit more planning for next year – very exciting but a lot of miles to cover and not that many sites!

Sand dunes, grasses, beach, sea and stunning sky – what more could you ask for?