Lovely Lytham.

It’s been a couple of years since I visited the Fylde Coast, Bank Holiday Monday seemed the perfect day for a bracing beach walk. My was it cold! Luckily we wrapped up. The wind was determined and even whipped away our Parking Ticket ( probably into the North Sea! ) so another had to be purchased. Despite that, it was a pleasure to be in Lytham once again….

Lancashire’s Fylde Coast is home to Seaside resorts such as Blackpool and St Annes. Lytham is the one with the Windmill on the Green, looking out over the Ribble Estuary. Just in case you weren’t aware. The town has changed a little I think, even since my last visit two Winters ago. There are a wealth of new independent shops and cafes on the tree lined wide pavemented streets, away from the chilly seafront. A Summer trip is much overdue.

A Mussel Shell 🐚 Sculpture on the site of the old Mussel Tanks , near the RNLI Lifeboat Station.
Up until the 1940s freshly caught Shellfish were cleaned in the Mussel Tanks. The site has recently been preserved for history.
Adorably kitch Wreath.
Too cold for ice cream.
However , Chells on Clifton Street is a great place for lunch.
My Lunch.
On Clifton Street.
Newly opened Pie & Sausage Shop.
Old favourite ~ Tom Towers Tasty Cheese Shop.

The seafront at Lytham is actually an estuary front , with a 800 metre promenade that links the resort to its nearest neighbour St Anne’s. There are views over the River Ribble towards the twinkling lights of Southport and even to Wales. The marshes are home to thousands of migratory birds. I should have brought a pair of binoculars!

Shipwreck!
Looking towards the marshes.
A White Wagtail. A migratory species whose cousin is the more common Pied Wagtail.
Marshland.
A Kestrel finds a perch.
Lytham Green and Windmill.

Lytham Windmill is undoubtedly the town’s most iconic landmark. Built in 1805 it stands proud on the Green, looking out over the marshes. It was a flour mill but ceased trade in the 1920s. Today it houses a museum, though I have never ventured inside.

Lytham Windmill and old Lifeboat House.
Anchors. These were restored after being caught the nets of a Fishing Trawler called ‘ Biddy’ in the 1980s.
A boardwalk to the sea.
My purchase. Half price Christmas cards from the RNLI shop. I have put them away ‘ somewhere safe’ for this year.

Have you been to the coast this Winter?

47 thoughts on “Lovely Lytham.”

  1. We are just back from the Norfolk coast where we spent the new year with friends. We had a lovely walk on the beach on New Years Eve at Wells and also had a good walk along the beach front at Hunstanton. We also did more of a trek than expected or planned to get to see Holkham Beach. I will blog about it all but feel so far behind at the moment it may be the summer before I get to it. Hope you all had a great New Year. Lytham looks lovely and is somewhere we’ve never visited … yet 😃

      1. thank you … you too. It may be a while before I get to post them as I am sooooooo behind with my holiday blogs … Northumberland to come first 😃

  2. Great start to the New Year! We have still to get to the coast, possibly next week, weather permitting! Meanwhile, we’re doing short walks from home, every day, and putting £1 in the kitty for every mile we walk (Jan-Feb) which we will donate to the USPCA. 🤗💐🙋‍♂️

  3. Surprised I didn’t see you on our regular stomping ground! Windmill looks weird without its sails. One flew off in a storm a few weeks back – other 3 removed for safety. What on earth is that on your plate? Looks like a toffee apple! Glad you had a nice day. HNY!

    1. Happy New Year!
      Yes your right about the Windmill. Hopefully it will gets its beautiful sails back soon.
      The toffee apple is actually a brioche bun with haddock goujons in, delicious. 🙂
      Would have been good to see you in your stomping ground, though probably wisest we didn’t as OH tested positive the day after. X

  4. It looks like you had a good day out although Wil looks absolutely freezing sitting there. I like those Christmas cards and that wreath looks really pretty 🙂

  5. Wonderful photos! It’s great to hear of independent shops thriving.

    I had hoped to head to the coast between Christmas & New Year, but the weather hear was awful, so we didn’t make it.

    1. Lytham looks to have a good share of independent shops. The cheese one has been there 40 years apparently.
      Hopefully you will get to the coast soon. X

  6. Worth the effort for you to get to Lytham.
    Never heard of a White Wagtail before, well spotted. I also missed the sculpture in the Mussel Tank when I last cycled past St. Annes. You live and learn.
    The windmill is looking even more forlorn, than a few weeks ago. Let’s hope they can repair it.

    1. Was the first time I have seen the Mussel tank too. I think it is fairly new.
      And first time for me seeing a White Wagtail. Fingers crossed for the Windmills sails.

  7. Lovely to be able to get your blog up again on my old laptop & enjoyed your wintry seaside visit. I’ve missed seeing Hugo & where you’ve all been. The Pork shop reminded me of yummy pork pies & The Cheese shop about the lovely Wensleydale cheese that we can’t get here. Happy New Year & hopefully the “wordpress” blogs I follow will keep coming up now on this old laptop. Take care & hugs.

  8. I love the Fylde Coast. I walked from St Annes to Lytham on New Year’s Day, enjoyed a delicious tomato soup in a cafe which was very dog-friendly, it had several dogs in it (all very well behaved!)

  9. Love the coast but not been to one for a while. As for the RNLI, I follow the Twitter accounts of many of their various stations around the country. The courage their crew members show, routinely heading out into conditions that I would balk at. And yes-I do watch Saving Lives At Sea 🙂

  10. What a delightful looking place. A dear friend of mine lived in Lytham as a teenager, she has never spoken of the place, i don’t think she was very happy about having to move there aged 15 and leave all her friends behind. I would love to visit though it looks lovely.

    1. I am sure it will be lovely. Lytham Hall is worth a wander to as well, especially as they do snowdrop walks there usually, from the beginning of February. You should still see some out at the end of this month too. 🙂

      1. Just looked up Bank Hall and there are snowdrops walks this year there , can’t see if Lytham Hall are doing them yet, they definitely used to. .

  11. I also felt cold (and we’re having a heatwave at the moment, mid-30 degs C ) looking at your pics, and as for your pavement lunch !! it looked freeezzzing. Even with your puffa jackets . Rather you than me.

  12. I really ought to get to know your side of the country better – I’m in Yorkshire. Lancashire and Yorkshire might be ancient enemies, but that’s no excuse now!

    1. Haha, yeh I should probably explore more of Yorkshire as I love Yorkshire too. Don’t live that far away from Skipton actually which I do get to now and then. And the Dales are beautiful. Lancashire doesn’t quite get the attention that lovely Yorkshire does, so I’m happy to keep exploring my own county too. 🙂

  13. Lovely cards, and a great cause! I meant to buy some when we were in the UK at Christmas but it really was a flying visit. It looks a nice place too. Have a look in that windmill for me next time?

    1. I will try , I think it might possibly have been closed on my last visit. The cards are fab, so bright and nautical. Did you buy Portuguese Christmas cards? X

      1. Christmas cards aren’t much of a thing here and are really expensive so I tend to bring them from the UK. Birthday and occasion cards I buy here, but they’re expensive too. Postage is cheaper though!

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