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acres of sand to enjoy
Acres of sand to enjoy all on your own!

North Cliff
North Cliff taken from Gynn Square - you can see the footpath carries on against the sea defences at lower level, while the tram tracks and main road are at a higher level.

Walking at Blackpool

Pull on your walking shoes, grab a jacket, and enjoy free fresh air and exercise in the great outdoors of Blackpool!

The beauty of the whole Fylde Coast is the flatness. Not only are the inland areas pretty even, the approach to the seafront is also quite level, without proper cliffs and a seafront climb like those found elsewhere around the UK shores.

This makes the coastline of Blackpool ideal for walkers and where better could you think of to get your twenty minutes a day, than beside the west coast.

You can walk along in a fabulous sunset, paddling on the waters edge, strolling on the miles of empty golden sand, or enjoying brisk exercise on the seemingly limitless promenade. Make your walk a round trip, or walk as far as you can or want to and then hitch a lift back on a bus or tram.

If you do fancy an elevated view, you can head to north shore and look out to sea from the only waterfront hill! Past north pier and Gynn Square the land rises upwards slightly to form what is known as 'the cliffs' - although not quite the White Cliffs of Dover! Here, you can enjoy the lower promenade and part of the concrete sea defences, or a walk along the grassy bank on top, against the tram tracks and main road.

That’s the good thing about this coast, if you feel fit enough you can walk from Blackpool to Cleveleys, or south to north shore, have the freedom of leaving your car behind, and also know that you don’t have to make the return journey on foot with a good public transport system that runs along the coastline.

The Lancashire Coastal Way, which starts at Silverdale, just north of Carnforth, and follows the coast to Freckleton on the Ribble Estuary, forms part of the Blackpool seafront. The whole route is 67.4 miles long, so it’s unlikely that anyone except the very seasoned walkers among you would even be attempting the whole trail, but you can pick off bits of it at your leisure.

For the average leisure walkers among us, the other good thing about the Blackpool coastline is that it offers plenty of places to sit for a while to catch your breath and take in the view, with public toilets at regular intervals along the route, and of course cafes and refreshments to suit your hunger.

Going further inland, there are a number of parks spread throughout the whole of the Blackpool area, including of course Stanley Park. At over 200 acres there are plenty of footpaths for you to explore there, if you like a view of grass and trees rather than sand and sea!


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