Turn Right At Liverpool And Keep Walking- Day 15 – Blackpool North Pier To Knott End – 13 August 2016

Mid summer but a little overcast, nevermind Blackpool is dry. Although I love Blackpool, I have memories of family holidays wandering the streets in the rain looking for cafes because the landlady threw guests out between 10 and 4.

One of the many reasons I enjoy Blackpool is the contrast of magnificient seaside hotels alongside tat reflecting past glories, and the ability of the town to make money,  it still attracts 10 million visitors a year, well down from its 1950s heyday, but remains the most popular seaside resort in the UK. You get this:

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and this:

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What’s not to like?

Perhaps the Norbreck Castle, which labours under a 2 star rating on trip advisor, it does seem a weak architectural choice

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As I wandered along the prom, no need for a map at all here the route hugs the coast. Blackpool becomes more suburban, and Bispham and Cleveleys are more sedate, though perhaps not as much as posh St Anne’s down the coast. The beach seems cleaner and was a pleasure to walk alongside.

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At Cleveleys , the shipwreck memorial lists all the ships lost on the Fylde coast between 1643 and 2008

 

As with Blackpool, money is being spend here to regenerate the seafront, and although ongoing it looks like it is well spent, with some nice public art

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However, the sea views were also worthwhile, with Heysham just visible in the distance

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Fleetwood itself tries hard to compete with Blackpool, and nearly succeeds, there were beach huts and a boating pond, bowling greens and even wind surfers, catering for the more sedate and sporty crowd than Blackpool, it looks prosperous enough. There is the awful freeport shopping, but that is best glossed over.

It is also the site of the North Euston hotel, it was commissioned in 1841 by Peter Hesketh Fleetwood, who envisaged a seaside resort similar to St Leonards on Sea near Hastings. In those days no railway ran through the Lakes, so in order to get to Scotland, travellers from London embarked her and travelled onwards via ship. As they left Euston Station in London, this became the northern outpost. However, by the 1850s the steam age reached the Lakes, and the outpost fell into disuse. It was sold to the government who used it first as a school of musketry and then a barracks, but in 1898 it reverted to a hotel. It fares rather better on tripadvisor, getting a  star review, and rather nice it looks too.

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Across from the hotel is the ferry across the Wyre, it is a short crossing of three minutes, but has been running since 1841. The Wyre itself is reputedly the longest river in the UK, whose source can be seen from its estuary. I didn’t see it though.

The ferry ride was fun and cheap at £2.00 each way. My rules allow ferry crossings as part of a walk. However, for clarity buses and trains in tunnels under rivers are not allowed, ditto bridges and buses/ trains.

Knott End itself was shall we say bereft of attractions, so after 20 minutes and a comfort break, I returned to the ferry. My next task was to walk the Irwell, the coast North will wait for 15 months.

A respectable 10 miles today. And I don’t know why Google spells it with one “t”, perhaps a copyright trap.

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Copyright Allan Russell 2019

Author: allanprussell

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