Walking in Fleetwood

Walking in Fleetwood

It’s free and it’s good for the body and soul – go walking in Fleetwood and see what you can can see!

Look at all this beach and seafront just waiting to be explored. This is the view from the top of Rossall Coastwatch Tower. It’s open to the public so make sure it’s on your route.

View of Fleetwood beach from Rossall Coastwatch Tower. Just one of the places to go walking in Fleetwood
View of Fleetwood beach from Rossall Coastwatch Tower

Whether you live beside the beach or love to visit for a day trip, it’s a great place to visit all through the year.

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If you do go walking on the sands please make sure that you keep safe. Check out the tide times before you set off.

And without sounding like your mother, always be prepared before you set off! Take a bottle of water, 20p for a loo and your mobile phone.

In summer always make sure you’ve got sunscreen on too. The combination of the sun’s rays and wind will make your skin burn very quickly, even if it doesn’t seem that sunny.

Walking in Fleetwood on the beach
Walking in Fleetwood on the beach

Walking in Fleetwood 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.

There’s plenty of free parking in Fleetwood. There are bays against the beach on The Esplanade where you can enjoy the beautiful view from your car, whatever the weather.

The Esplanade, Fleetwood. Park your car and go walking in Fleetwood
The Esplanade, Fleetwood. Park your car and go walking in Fleetwood

In Fleetwood town centre there’s further free on-street parking, along with pay and display car parks.

Dogs on Beaches in Fleetwood

Marine Beach (at the back of the Marine Hall) in Fleetwood is a bathing beach, the others aren’t.

In common with the rest of the UK, Marine Beach is subject to a dog ban throughout the bathing season. Please don’t walk your dog there between 1 May and 30 September or you may receive an on-the-spot fine.

How far would you like to go walking in Fleetwood?

A walk around the coastal peninsula at Fleetwood is a really interesting walk to take.

Depending on how fit you are you might want to do it all in one go, or break it up into sections. Either way, you’ll walk through different landscapes and there’s plenty to see.

Aerial view of Fleetwood peninsula from Christopher Verity. Pick your spot to go walking in Fleetwood
Aerial view of Fleetwood peninsula from Christopher Verity. Pick your spot to go walking in Fleetwood

Rossall Beach

Let’s start our journey in the south at Rossall Beach where Cleveleys ends. The boundary with Fleetwood is at Rossall School which is literally to the right of this photo.

Rossall Beach at Cleveleys. Go walking in Fleetwood and start here
Rossall Beach at Cleveleys.

This is a hard, 1970’s style concrete sea defence. It’s not in the best condition and it gets a regular battering from rough weather and big tides.

But it’s a very quiet area of beach and seafront where you can have miles of sand to yourself to enjoy peace and solitude. Best of all, it’s literally seconds away from free seafront parking at Rossall Promenade so it’s very accessible for everyone to enjoy.

Walk northwards with the sea on your left to the end of this 1970’s style concrete sea defence. You’ll come to a brand new section of seawall, completed in 2018, which is the Rossall Coastal Defence Scheme.

Rossall Coastal Defences

The £64m Coastal Defence Scheme at Rossall is finished and opened in late Spring 2018.

Rossall Coastal Defence Scheme, an amazing place to go walking in Fleetwood
Rossall Coastal Defence Scheme, an amazing place to go walking in Fleetwood

Built to protect against flooding it’s an amazing asset and public space. Go walking in Fleetwood on the wide footpaths and make the best of safe places to enjoy watching storms.

There are plenty of benches, and, just like at nearby Cleveleys, the prom itself has built-in seats (with a backrest!) all along the length so you won’t be short of somewhere to sit for a breather. It’s ideal for prams and wheelchairs, with plenty of access points and a new, flat surface that’s easy to ride on.

Hard coastal defences are necessary along this particular stretch of coastline because it gets head on weather, all throughout the year. Interested in coastal engineering and what goes into protecting the Fylde Coast from flooding? Take a look at Coast Watchers – you can join in and become a Citizen Scientist!

Rossall Golf Course and Tower

At the end of the new Rossall coastal defences the coastline starts to bend eastwards where it meets Fleetwood Golf Course. This is where Morecambe Bay and the Site of Special Scientific Interest officially begins.

Can you see where the sea defences end – just above centre on the left side of the map below?

Google map showing the changing coastline, when you go walking in Fleetwood
Google map showing the changing coastline, when you go walking in Fleetwood

Winds typically blow from the south west so as the coastline bends to the east the tide glances across the land here, rather than heading straight at it. The sea defences are more natural here.

The big wide beaches meet a footpath and a small natural dune system. The area is home to lots of wildlife, birds and specially adapted plants. Take a book with you and see what you can find.

See natural sea defences against the golf course when you go walking in Fleetwood
See natural sea defences against the golf course when you go walking in Fleetwood

The leaning building is Rossall Coastwatch Tower. It’s where Fleetwood National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) are based. They keep an eye on the dangerous sands of Morecambe Bay. The top floor is an open observation deck from where you can enjoy the most amazing view. There are Danfo public toilets at the side of Rossall Tower.

Carry on walking, now heading easterly, and you’ll reach the boating lakes and Marine Beach area behind Marine Hall.

Boating Lakes, Marine Hall and Marine Beach

This is what you might call the ‘traditional’ bit of Fleetwood seafront, and very lovely it is too. This is the view (below) from The Mount, the pavilion building opposite Marine Beach.

View from The Mount of where you can go walking in Fleetwood
View from The Mount of where you can go walking in Fleetwood

There’s a model boating lake and a paddling pool here, alongside a much larger boating lake. There’s a couple of small cafes here where you can get an ice cream, snack and a drink, and there are public toilets nearby at the cemetery at Beach Road.

You’re spoilt for choice with your walking route. Follow the coastal path, walk around the lakes, or follow the pavement at the public highway – each one has a lovely view.

Next on your walk you’ll find the Marine Hall where The Esplanade starts, and behind it Marine Beach (below).

Marine Beach at Fleetwood, one of the places to go walking in Fleetwood
Marine Beach at Fleetwood

This is also where Fleetwoods beach huts are.

Pass the beach huts at Marine Beach when you go walking in Fleetwood
Beach huts

The Esplanade and Ferry

The Esplanade is a beautiful walk in itself. Traditional cast iron railings line the edge of the pavement, and you can see Victorian architecture all around.

The Esplanade at The Mount, walking in Fleetwood
The Esplanade at The Mount

Next, you’ll pass the site of the former Fleetwood Pier, which was sadly lost to fire in 2008.

Then you’ll come to the area in front of the Euston Gardens, at the Ferry and where the shops and amusements are. Here you can refuel at one of the cafes, and you can take a ride across the River Wyre on the pedestrian ferry to Knott End.

Fleetwood to Knott End Ferry, take a trip when you go walking in Fleetwood
Fleetwood to Knott End Ferry

Docks, Freeport and River Wyre

Carry on walking in Fleetwood around the coastline and you’re now at Dock Street. It’s where the ferries once arrived and departed from. The loading gantry that you can see in the photo below is still there.

Fleetwood docks, pass them when you go walking in Fleetwood
Fleetwood docks

Next stop along the seafront is Affinity Lancashire and you’re now onto the River Wyre rather than the Irish Sea.

Carry on Walking beyond Fleetwood

Journey South to Blackpool, St Annes and Lytham

Technically, you could walk from Fleetwood to Lytham on the beach – but you’d definitely need to consult the tide times to do that. But there are miles of unspoilt, clean beach all the way to the the Ribble Estuary at Lytham.

On a lovely day, why don’t 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!

Walk as far as you want to and catch a bus or a tram back to where you started from. They run parallel to the promenade on the coast road. Blackpool is five miles from Cleveleys by road – probably a little less on the beach.

Green Spaces for Walking in Fleetwood

With such a lot of beautiful coastline it’s an obvious place to go walking in Fleetwood. But if you prefer to see grass, greenery and trees, you can see those too!

Euston Gardens, enjoy them when you go walking in Fleetwood
Euston Gardens

Have a look at our Parks in Fleetwood section, where you’ll find out about not just parks but open green spaces too.

Watch the Weather when you go Walking in Fleetwood

You know what they say, there’s no such thing as the wrong weather, just the wrong clothes!

Make sure that you’ve got sunscreen for sunshine and waterproofs for rain. And get an indication of which might be coming next with the Visit Fylde Coast webcams.

See live views from the beach and seafront at this link

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