Find The Nearest Beach Lancashire
Planning a trip to Lancashire and looking for the nearest beaches. Lancashire stretches from the Ribble Estuary in the south to the Kent Estuary at Arnside in the north with the main seaside resorts being St Annes, Blackpool, Cleveleys, Fleetwood and Morecambe.
- Morecambe North beach is a sand and shingle beach within a traditional seaside town with amusements and promenade. You have views over the sands of Morecambe Bay. Facilities include toilets, cafes, bars, parking, promenade, seasonal lifeguards and an adjacent children’s playground.
- Arnside beach and the Arnside area is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Arnside is on the estuary where the River Kent enters Morecambe Bay and has sites of scientific interest because of the rare butterflies and alpine plants. There are many lovely wooded walks around the National Trust owned Arnside Knott (520ft high flat rock), up to the “Pepper-Pot” at Silverdale or around the coast with its cliff top walks and sea views. Arnside promenade has some shops, pubs, cafes and you have car parking available.
- Hest Bank beach is a sandy beach within Morecambe bay that is backed by a grassy area. The sandflats and saltmarshes form the Morecambe Bay Hest Bank RSPB reserve. Facilities include car park, toilets, food, shops and campsite. Do not go out onto the saltmarsh or inter-tidal area as there are dangerous channels and quicksand.
- Pilling Sands beach is located on the southern corner of Morecambe Bay and is really a salt marsh with large areas of sand when the tide goes out. Pilling Sands is not really a traditional beach to visit but is a popular beach for activities including kite sports, horse riding and walking. The Pilling Sea Embankment runs along the coast here and was built to protect the agricultural land from flooding from the sea and is part of the Lancashire Coastal Way, this sea defence is a good location for bird watching, although dogs are NOT allowed on the embankment. Parking is at Lane Ends Amenity Area where you can also find a picnic site, and for other amenities like a pub, you will need to visit Pilling village.
- Half Moon Bay is a sandy beach with grass covered dunes and low cliffs. At low tide you have a great expanse of flat sand. The beach is backed by the small town of Heysham, and to the south a power station and a harbour serving passenger ferries to Douglas (Isle of Man) and Belfast (Northern Ireland). The beach is also known as Heysham sands. Parking, beach cafe, grass area and access to facilities within Heysham itself.
- St Annes Beach is a few miles down the coast from Blackpool and St Anne’s is a great contrast to the bustling Blackpool Beaches. The beach is very long, and when the tide is out it can take a long walk to get to the sea. It also often seems as though the tide never comes in. Facilities include parking, toilets, food options and pier.
- The Blackpool Golden Mile is the central stretch of sand and promenade that runs between Blackpool’s north and south piers, and has been famous as the home of British seaside culture for over a century. Blackpool is the only town in the United Kingdom with three piers. Blackpool became a major holiday destination, fueled by the Lancashire textile workers with the arrival of the railway in 1846. The growth of visitors continued in the inter-war years. But the post-war decline of the Lancashire textile industry and the arrival of cheap package holidays meant many of Blackpool’s traditional visitors headed off on planes. Today, Blackpool’s many attractions coupled with its good road communications continue to make it a popular destination with a large proportion being day-trippers. All the facilities of Blackpool.