Fleetwood, our most northern destination this year….

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.

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?

We went to Blackpool but overshot….

Wet and wild night but a mostly sunny day if a bit chilly in the wind. Today we were bound for Blackpool, however, as we drove along the promenade, I couldn’t see any free parking, the middle part of the promenade was closed for refurb and before I knew it we were out the other side!! I enjoyed the drive along the front as it is as fabulously awful as you imagine it would be and we will be back. However, for today, we parked up on the front at Cleveleys.

The tide was well in so no beach here to be seen, but as we walked a bit further north to Rossall Beach, a mostly pebbly beach with a few patches of sand.

We enjoyed a short time on the beach before walking on.

We walked along the lower path (below the promenade, cycle track and a further pathway – so plenty of choice) nearest the churning bronze sea.

It was lovely walking along to the sound of crashing waves – it’s been awhile since we’ve really heard the sea!

As we walked around Rossall Point a further stretch of stony beach with quite a lot more sand, awaited.

How great is this Coastguard Lookout?

I wonder why?

The beach and walkway continue in to Fleetwood but that was another mile or so and I have walked enough and the sun is on its way down, so it is time to set off back.

We had a quick look at Cleveleys beach now that the tide has receded a bit.

Before making our way back through Blackpool and home. I had hoped we would catch the lights in Blackpool, but guess what? The illuminations finished on the 4th November and the Christmas lights don’t get switched on until the 1st December – C’est la vie!

Two thoughts of the day:

Need at least another day in this area to visit Blackpool beaches and Fleetwood but it is an hours drive from here!

How unlucky about the lights it all looked so gorgeously tacky!

A walk from Lytham to St Anne’s…..

A mostly dry day, a little spit spot here and there and very little sunshine but it is November! A bit of a trek (in the car) around the coast to Lytham and we parked up along the front. We were surprised to find that like Southport the area was mostly marshland.

I also didn’t realise that Lytham and St Anne’s are in fact two neighbouring towns rather than one town of Lytham St Anne’s – who knew that? Anyhow, we are in search of a beach, so we wandered towards St Anne’s, in between there are major works to improve the sea defences and so the coastal path diverts inland slightly – past some pretty impressive houses, it has to be said! We re-joined the coastal path over some low dunes and more marshland!

It didn’t take Poppydog long to find a nice muddy puddle!

Fortunately the marshland soon gave way to a wide expanse of sandy beach.

As you can see, pretty much deserted as we wandered past a row of well kept beach huts up on the promenade.

The sea was so far out, that you could barely make out where it started but we splooshed about in the seemingly miles of shallows.

Might be a bit of a nuisance if you are a keen swimmer but otherwise a nice beach.

The beach extends way beyond the pier to Blackpool but we have walked enough, so we will return another day.

As we headed back the way we came (a 9 mile round trip) the sun was almost out as it was making its way down for the day.

Two thoughts of the day:

We didn’t time this very well as we struggled to cross Preston during rush hour! Traffic! We don’t do traffic!

I wonder if the sea is ever blue here? It seems to have been brown and full of sand? since we left Wales.