The Lancashire Coastal Way
The Lancashire Coastal Way traces the coastline between Merseyside and Cumbria for 66 miles (106 km) with some diversions inland where necessary.
The Lancashire coastline has a variety of landscapes and habitats from the distinctive limestone scenery of Arnside and Silverdale, saltmarshes and agricultural land and the seaside resorts of Morecambe and Blackpool and the Fylde coast. The historic city of Lancaster and Carnforth are passed en route.
There are major river estuaries of the Lune, Wyre and Ribble with much birdlife. The Lancashire Coastal Walk provides spectacular views of Morecambe Bay, the Bowland Fells and the panoramic Lake District mountains.
The walk starts at the village of Freckleton and heads west along the shore to the attractive seaside resort of Lytham St. Annes, (pictured right) it then continues north along the coast up to Blackpool.
From Blackpool it heads across the Wyre Way over the Glasson Dock harbour inlet (or through Glasson itself on alternative route), then along the coast, to the market town of Garstang at the foothills of the scenic Bowland Fells.
The way then heads north towards Lancaster, near the Caton Trail and Brookhouse, the walk continues round the coast, keeping west to The coastal resort of Morecambe and finally arriving at Silverdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which boasts a rich diversity of habitats and wildlife, at the head of the trail.
From Silverdale the Cumbria Coastal Way offers an opportunity to continue the coastal walk to the border at Gretna Green
Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger: 97, 102, 96
OS Landranger Active: 97
OS Explorer: 7, 41, 286, 296
OS Explorer Active: 7, 41, 286, 296
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