Fylde Coast Road Trip: Lytham to Fleetwood

Horse and Carriage in Blackpool

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:

Lytham

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).

Lytham Green Car Park
Car Park on Lytham Green.
Bridget in Lytham
Bridget, chilling on the promenade.

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.

Bridget and Lytham Windmill
You are looking good.
Lytham Windmill
Awesome!

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”!

Lytham Main Street
The Main Shopping Area in Lytham.
Windmill in Main Street
Great display.

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!

Blackpool

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.

The Big One
Scary Rollercoaster.
Arcade in Blackpool
Amusement Arcades on the Seafront.

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

Cleveleys

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.

Cleveleys Beach
Stunning coastline with the Lake District in the background.
Bridget on Cleveleys Prom
My attempt at a silhouette.

The beach looks very clean. We didn’t venture down there in the wheelchair. I like “The Shell”, which is visible at low tide.

The Shell
The art on the beach it’s bigger than it looks.

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:

Cove Cafe on the Fylde Coast
C’mon… this is right 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

Fleetwood

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.

Fleetwood
The weather is changing in the distance over Morecambe.
Knott End Ferry
Fleetwood and Knott End Ferry.

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.

Fleetwood Marine Hall
Photo courtesy of Geograph.org.uk. I forgot to take one!

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.

Freeport Fleetwood

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.

Fleetwood Freeport
Great setting for a shopping spree.
Freeport Marina

Website: Fleetwood Freeport

And finally…

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“.

So, without hesitation, I’d recommend putting Fylde Coast on your bucket list. Look at the Visit Fylde Coast and Visit Lancashire websites for more attractions on the Fylde Coast.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy Top 5 Reasons to Visit Morecambe and Newby Bridge and Lakeside.

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4 Comments

  1. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed your time here on the Fylde Coast. I publish the Visit Fleetwood, Cleveleys and Fylde Coast websites you referred to – I live at Cleveleys and I’m passionate about this place, so I’m so pleased you saw what I see. And that you found it accessible too – we do try :-)

    • Thank’s Jane, we really did enjoy our trip on the Fylde Coast. It’s a very pretty section of our coastline and as we said in the post -Accessible!

  2. PS – you should contact the Sandcastle Waterpark. It’s the most accessible place you could wish for – they do loads for charity and are VERY accessible/disabled friendly. Tell them Jane Rabbit sent you :-)

    • This is a great tip for our readers, especially those with children – Thank’s Jane

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