Blackpool, a seaside resort in N.W. England

A coastline that has 60 miles of sandy beaches, runs from Lytham St Annes in the south, via Blackpool to Morecambe in the north. Since the middle of the 18th century, this coast has supplied the recreational needs of the industrialised population of the Northern England mill towns.

beach donkey blackpool pier tram

Blackpool is a lively, crowded, jostling resort, still busiest in summer during "wakes weeks" when the mills closed for everyone to take a summer holiday. It has a 6 mile promenade, Blackpool tower at 518 feet high dominates the skyline, three piers, four theatres and a fleet of trams.

illuminations golden mile lights

Morecambe has spectacular views of the Lake District Hills to the north, and there are fine sunsets across Morecambe Bay. If you want a different kind of walk, then take the guided walk across the bay to Grange-over-Sands. The crossing is too dangerous to do alone, as the sands can be soft, and the tide comes in very quickly.

pleasure beach

The county town of Lancaster dates from Roman times, and is steeped in the history of the Wars of the Roses. Lancaster Castle saw the trial and execution of 10 witches in 1612.

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