Lancashire

The Seaside Postcard

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Overview

Start the trail in Fleetwood and head along the coast towards Cleveleys before making for the bright lights, entertainment and nightlife of Blackpool. Leave Blackpool and head for the quieter Lytham St. Annes to relax. On to the wetlands of RSPB Ribble before finishing the tour at Fulwood, home to some of the finest buildings in Lancashire.

Fleetwood

A Victorian seaside resort offering an Art Deco Theatre, a harbour and yacht marina, traditional shops and the famous Fleetwood Market. Enjoy a walk along the promenade with great views and two lighthouses, family fun at Marine Splash or see a variety of events at the historic Marine Hall. Locally sourced fish and chips is a must.

Cleveleys

A stop on the tramline between Fleetwood and Blackpool it offers a nice beach where an intriguing petrified forest and sunken village can be seen at low tide. The fully restored 18th century Marsh Mill windmill is a local landmark and look out for the Ogre on the beach. Cleveleys has spent a lot on improving facilities including a very modern promenade suitable for cycling and walking.

Blackpool

Known for its Pleasure Beach, Tower, Illuminations, amusement arcades and donkey rides, Blackpool is the quintessentially British seaside destination and the town welcomes over 6 million visitors every year. It is also the home of Ballroom Dancing and crown green bowls.

Lytham Saint Annes

Close enough to the bright lights of Blackpool so you can still visit, Lytham and St Annes, are very different in character and atmosphere. With large sandy beaches, sometimes it is hard to see the sea, a pier, historic windmill, an Open golf course and stylish independent shops, this is a more upmarket area.

RSPB

Situated on the edge of popular Fairhaven Lake, the Ribble Discovery Centre is the gateway to exploring the Ribble Estuary - one of the most important wetlands in the country and home to more than 250,000 birds. You can’t miss the spitfire memorial reflecting aircraft production at nearby Wharton.

Lytham Hall

Just inland from Lytham this 18th century palladian style Georgian house is set in 78 acres of wooded parkland that has gone through several owners over the years. It hosts a number of events and especially popular are the open air plays during the summer.

Fulwood

The countryside inland from the sea contains many pretty villages with village greens and country pubs to explore. Freckleton is mentioned in the Doomsday book. Some of the finest Victorian buildings in Lancashire can be found in Fulwood including the former workhouse, home to an Army base for the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment and Museum.

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Overview

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Fleetwood

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2.6 miles

Cleveleys

3
4.7 miles

Blackpool

4
5.5 miles

Lytham Saint Annes

5
2.5 miles

RSPB

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2.6 miles

Lytham Hall

7
16.9 miles

Fulwood

What to see and do…

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Blackpool Tower Eye

Blackpool Tower, The Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 4BJ

Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Madame Tussaud, 87 - 89 Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 5AA

SEA LIFE Blackpool

SEA LIFE Blackpool, Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 5AA

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, 525 Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1EZ

About the The Seaside Postcard Trail

Distance: 35 miles
Cites / Towns: 7
Number Of Businesses: 4

This stretch of the Lancashire coast has been popular with tourists seeking a seaside holiday for generations. When holiday pay started the various resorts expanded to offer a week at the sea for the mill workers of the Lancashire valleys. Each of the industrial towns agreeing the week all the workers in the town took a holiday. Times have changed and this area has changed with it.

Fleetwood, Cleveleys and Blackpool, on a single tram line offer great beaches, different attractions. Fleetwod retains a certain charm with a great promenade and interesting buildings. Cleveleys beach has lots of interest and a modern promenade. Blackpool is still full on entertainment for the family and hen parties – the Blackpool Tower and Illuminations should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Further down the coast the tone changes as you enter Lytham and St Annes, though the sandy beaches continue. If Blackpool was for the mill workers, Lytham was perhaps for the mill owners. The hotels reflect the areas affluence and with an Open golf course it attracts visitors from all over the world. Lytham Hall is a fine example of Palladian style architecture combined with wooded parkland.

At Fairhaven Lake you enter the start of an important bird wetland with sand giving way to the mudflats of the Ribble estuary. The RSPB Discovery Centre provides a number of viewing points and information.

No trip to this part of the county is complete without visiting some of the inland villages from Wrea Green with village green and duckpond, to Freckleton mentioned in the Doomsday Book or Fulwood with its many examples of Victorian buildings. Nearby Wharton still builds aircraft and you can just about see them taking off and landing.

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Bucket & Spade

At least once you need to visit Blackpool and all its very modern attractions and take a walk or donkey ride on its golden sands. Millions do each year and have done for over a 100 years so it must have a lot going for it !

Sophisticated Charm

Whether it is Lytham & St Annes on the coast or villages like Wrea Green or Freckleton inland this area exudes a quiet charm with quality hotels and cricket on the village green watched from a popular pubs and restaurants.

Birdwatching Bonanza

Combining the River Ribble estuary and the sea has created one of the most important wetland habitats in the UK. Over 250,000 birds use the area from the curlew with its haunting call to the many varieties of breeding ducks.

Also Nearby

Blackpool Tower Eye

Blackpool Tower, The Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 4BJ

Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Madame Tussaud, 87 - 89 Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 5AA

SEA LIFE Blackpool

SEA LIFE Blackpool, Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 5AA

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, 525 Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1EZ