Stage 2: Blackpool to Pilling — Lancashire Coastal Way
Includes a segment with temporary access restrictions
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1.19 mi in total
Includes a ferry crossing
Check ferry timetable.
1 in total
Alex Foxfield planned a hike.
February 18, 2021
This stage continues along the arrow-straight Blackpool seafront with views to the distant Isle of Man. Eventually, you arrive at the windswept headland of Rossall Point, catch the ferry across the Wyre Estuary and make for the stage end point at the village of Pilling. Amenities are plentiful on the route; you are accompanied by human habitation for just about the entire walk.
From Blackpool Tower, the first 7.4 miles (11.9 km) are exceedingly straight forward, as you walk due north along Blackpool’s seafront. You pass the village of Bispham and the town of Cleveleys, both of which were once independent settlements but now form part of Blackpool’s urban area.
If a pit stop is in order, there are a wealth of places to eat and drink along the seafront. Eventually, you arrive at Rossall Point, a peninsula with the Irish Sea on one side, the Wyre Estuary on the other and Morecambe Bay beyond its head. The old port town of Fleetwood occupies the peninsula.
You come across a couple striking landmarks. The Rossall Point Observation Tower offers a panoramic viewing platform, with views to Lakeland, the Forest of Bowland and across Morecambe Bay. Nearby, the Beach Lighthouse is an interesting structure, with its Neoclassical stylings.
Having circumnavigated the headland, hop on the ferry across the Wyre Estuary to the village of Knott End-on-Sea. The ferry runs every half an hour in the warmer seasons. Birdlife is abundant around the estuary, so get those binoculars at the ready. Once safely docked at Knott End, continue along the coast, finally leaving civilisation behind for the last 3 miles (5 km) or so and admiring the new vista of Morecambe Bay.
Eventually, you take a right and venture inland to the tranquil little village of Pilling. The elegant Springfield House Hotel offers luxurious lodgings, or there’s self-catering facilities at Chestnut Lodge. It is worth booking well in advance to avoid disappointment. The Elletson Arms pub serves good food.
February 23, 2021