Blackpool Central Promenade
Blackpool promenade at North Cliff
From Squires Gate in the south, through to Anchorsholme in the north, there are miles of seafront to explore at Blackpool.
In the south, the Blackpool seafront starts at Squires Gate, where the sea defences are relatively new and the concrete sea wall includes 'sea bees', hexagonal concrete shapes that disperse the energy of the waves. They create a more natural environment after years of being submerged in water, with algae and life growing on the surface and in the pockets of water left with each outgoing tide.
Here, the new promenade includes pieces of public art and the iconic Glitterball which was completely refurbished in recent times, so that it carries on twinkling for many years to come!
As you approach South Pier and the Pleasure Beach, you reach the newest sections of sea defences which are actually just being completed. Wide headlands stretch out into the sea, with Spanish steps going down to the beach along the curved design.
In the centre of town on the Golden Mile between the piers the Spanish Steps are intersperced with sections of concrete wall. Although it's a man-made wall, the beach is still a rich table for the birds that feed there and of course Blackpool wouldn't be seaside without the resident seagulls.
On the shores of Blackpool you’ll see Oystercatchers, Sanderlings, Turnstones, Cormorants, and many other seabirds. Washed up after heavy seas, on the beach you’ll find shells and marine invertebrates like starfish, sea potatoes and sponges.
A spectacular sight that everyone can enjoy is the vast numbers of starlings, dipping and diving and making shapes in the sky, as they come to roost on the safety of North pier. Set against the sunsets for which this coast is famous, they make a sight that’s certainly worth seeing, and is a free daily spectacle as the light fades.
On the promenade and walkways, pigeons and gulls scrape a living eating up all the scraps that visitors just like you drop every day. They are helped by sparrows and starlings and pied wagtails. Amazingly quick and clever, these little feathery people clean up all our edible rubbish.
Head along to north shore past North Pier to Bispham and the seafront changes quite dramatically to the tall grassy banks and cliffs which provide yet another different environment for birds, insects and butterflies, along with small and low growing wild plants that hug the ground in the harsh salty weather. Of course it's a diffreent environment for the people who use it too - theonly high spot against the coast it's a place to enjoy magnificent views of the seas and the weather - whether it's a rough, high tide, or a stunning sunset.
At Anchorsholme, as you approach Cleveleys, the last section of promenade is Princes Way. A perfect spot for parking, especially if you have a camper van, and somewhere to enjoy the beach when the tide is out, and a wide open path on which to sit if it's it - and handy for the shops at Cleveleys too!
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