Often overlooked, the Fylde Coast is a diverse stretch of coastline in the North West of England.
Understandably, most visitors head for Blackpool, the entertainment capital of the North, and why not!
We’re keen to explore the whole area, so we took a mini road trip along the coast from Lytham, St Annes-on-Sea to Fleetwood. Here’s what we found:
Starting in the town of Lytham, or is it Lytham St Annes or St Annes-on-Sea? I don’t know if these are separate villages or the same.
Anyway, we parked up on Lytham Green. A word of warning, there are three disabled parking spaces in each car park, and if you’re in a non-designated space, you have to pay – blue badge or not! Disabled parking in a designated space is free for a limited time (Check the Parking Machines).
Dominating the area is Lytham Windmill. We headed in that direction to investigate. The windmill is open to the public and attracts 30,000 people per year.
It doubles up as a tourist information centre during the season and houses a museum and various exhibitions.
Entrance to the windmill is free, but donations are welcome. You can access the ground floor in a wheelchair, but the upper floors are accessed using stairs.
Website: Lytham Windmill
A short walk across the green is the main street, and it’s a typical pretty village street.
The main street has plenty of cafes, boutiques and antique shops. Although we didn’t visit on this occasion, there’s a quaint shopping arcade where we used to buy “oldie worldly sweets”!
From our point of view, access was OK with dropped kerbs but slightly hindered by pavement advertising boards, stock and seating areas for cafes.
Don’t get me wrong, you can easily navigate through, but I would imagine this would be pretty stressful on a busy day.
I would still encourage you to visit this pleasant, clean and colourful coastal village.
Website: Lytham, St Annes-on-Sea
It was time to head up the coast. I was pleased to see they demolished Pontins on the way into Blackpool, and it was an eyesore!
For families and thrill-seekers, Blackpool has everything. If you like the British seaside experience, it’s a utopia.
Blackpool’s guest houses, B&B’s and their respective landladies are world-famous, as is the Pleasureland.
We’re partial to a bimble along the promenade or people watching on the pier, but we’re a little bit too old for all the excitement.
If you’re a fan of razzamatazz, Blackpool is a great place to visit.
Website: Visit Blackpool
North of Blackpool is the delightful little seaside town of Cleveleys.
If I were taking a holiday on the Fylde coast, I’d stay in Cleveleys and then use the tram system for popping in and out of the surrounding towns.
The bustling main street has everything you need for a perfect staycation: cafes, typical seaside shops, brand names and unique entertainment venues.
The award-winning promenade is a visitor’s paradise. We found it very accessible, but more importantly, not overcrowded.
The beach looks very clean. We didn’t venture down there in the wheelchair. I like “The Shell”, which is visible at low tide.
After a pleasant stroll along the seafront, we took a break in the Cove Cafe at the northern end of the promenade. It looks like something out of Star Wars:
There’s an accessible toilet at the cafe, and it’s a great place to sit and take in the views across the bay into the Lake District.
Whenever we’re in the area, we’ll be returning to Cleveleys.
Website: Visit Cleveleys
Our mini road trip on the Fylde coast culminated in the Victorian town of Fleetwood.
The first thing that struck me was the grandeur of the buildings and monuments. I can imagine Fleetwood in its hay day being quite a popular destination with the gentry.
The second thing I would say is that you can walk for miles along the road adjacent to the sea. There are cafes, play areas, boating lakes and gardens along the route, so there is plenty to do and see.
The Marine Hall Theatre dominates the seafront and has been a catalyst for the mass regeneration of the area. It’s exciting to think of how the area will look in a few years.
The whole area is accessible in a wheelchair. It was great to see so many people bimbling along on their scooters.
Fleetwood hosts a market on a Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Fleetwood Market Opening Times) and a tram run between Fleetwood and Blackpool, so if you’re staying in Blackpool pop up.
Website: Visit Fleetwood
Sadly, our trip needed to end, but not before we visited Freeport Fleetwood.
It was no accident we visited the Freeport.
I’m a creature of habit, and as an ex-long distance walker, I still like wearing Craghoppers and Regatta walking gear. As luck would have it, Craghoppers and Regatta have outlet stores in the Freeport. I’m now sporting new zip-off trousers and have stocked up on fleeces for our winter bimbles. If you would like to save money on Regatta gear, they have an outlet website: Regatta Outlet Store.
I digress. The Freeport is a shoppers paradise, set on a stunning quayside and is entirely accessible in a wheelchair.
Website: Fleetwood Freeport
Overall this was an enjoyable trip. It’s nice to see coastal towns outside of the main tourist areas.
The Fylde Coast does have something for everyone, but the critical part for us is that it’s generally accessible for wheelchair users.
I’d even say: “you’d be hard pushed to make it more accessible if you tried“.