Pull on a pair of comfy shoes and go walking in St Annes. With a flat landscape, wide open skies, beaches and more, walking is free and good for you! Walking is good for the mind and body. It’s got lots of proven scientific benefits, it’s something that most of us can do, and it doesn’t cost any money.
Whether you’re an experienced walker, or not up to much more than a stroll, there must be few places better than St Annes in which to enjoy this age-old and completely free pastime.
Where to go Walking in St Annes
St Annes is a great place to go for a walk. If you are lucky enough to live here you could go out of your own gate and around the block. Or you could make your way to the beach and promenade, or enjoy one of the parks. Whichever route you pick it’s better than staying inside.
If you’re a visitor it’s well worth making a visit to St Annes just to enjoy the places where you can take a walk. Spring, summer, autumn or winter, there’s always plenty to see. Plus plenty of different weather and views to enjoy too!
Walking in St Annes with the help of your car
As odd as that might sound, you might want to drive to the seafront and then enjoy your walk from there.
You can park for free along the whole of the long seafront highway. There are pay and display car parks at various spots along the seafront. Plus public car parks in the town centre which are close to the beach and parks.
Dogs on Beaches
Like most seaside beaches, the central beach in St Annes is subject to a dog ban throughout the bathing season.
Please don’t walk your dog on the sand during the summer period when restrictions apply or you may receive an on-the-spot fine.
Seafront Walking in St Annes
Head to the coast and a lovely walk awaits you on St Annes seafront.
You don’t need to worry about the tide if you fancy walking on the beach. There’s a really big tidal range at St Annes, and at low tide the sea goes out ever such a long way. At high tide there’s usually some beach exposed. Perhaps not in really windy weather (when you probably wouldn’t want to be on the beach anyway!). You can check tide times here.
St Annes promenade is nice and flat which makes for a very pleasant walk indeed. There are plenty of benches and places where you can sit and rest and take in the view.
It’s ideal for prams and wheelchairs, with plenty of access points and a flat surface that’s easy to ride on.
Explore when you go Walking in St Annes
If you feel more adventurous and want a longer walk, you can head north or south along the coast for a reasonable ramble. If you walk southwards you’ll reach Lytham quite quickly and beyond that, the banks of the River Ribble.
Experienced and keen walkers can pick up the coastal Lancashire Way footpath at St Annes. It starts at Freckleton, just slightly inland from Lytham on the banks of the Ribble Estuary, and runs along the seafront of the Fylde Coast. It crosses the River Wyre at Fleetwood and carries on far beyond to Silverdale, just north of Carnforth. The entire 67.4 mile route might be a bit too much for you. But according to Google Maps, the coast path from West Beach at Lytham to Dock Street at Fleetwood is a little over 17 miles.
Journey North to Blackpool, Cleveleys, Fleetwood and Beyond
Technically, you could walk from St Annes to Fleetwood on the beach. You’d need to consult the tide times before you try to do that, or you may find yourself swimming!
There are miles of unspoilt, clean beach along the Fylde Coast, with a wide promenade, all the way north to Fleetwood.
On a lovely day, take your shoes and socks off and paddle along the water’s edge as you walk. It’s surprising just how much distance you can cover when you do this.
Why not walk as far as you want to and catch a bus back to where you started from.
Beyond this section of beach at Cleveleys, when you reach Fleetwood Golf Course you’re officially in Morecambe Bay which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Here, the landscape changes again, to a natural beach and sand dune system.
Green Spaces for Walking in St Annes
Do you prefer to be surrounded by trees, greenery and fields when you go for a walk? There are places where you can do that in St Annes too.
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