Lytham St Annes
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Review of "Lytham St Annes"
We live fairly close to Blackpool (about 30 minutes away) and have a son who is always wanting to go to the Pleasure Beach there - when we do take him , we drop him off amidst the crowds of girls in pink t-shirts with smutty slogans on and we spend our time at the much nicer Lytham St Annes - just a few minutes up the coast.
I must be one of the only people who can't stand Blackpool - I find it tacky, noisy, expensive, a nightmare to park and I hate having to go.
Lytham St Annes is actually a combination of Lytham, St Annes ( proper name St Annes on Sea), Ansdell and Fairhaven and is situated just three miles south of Blackpool.
In complete contrast to Blackpool this is a far more relaxed area where you can enjoy peaceful parks, beautiful gardens and admire some beautiful buildings.
Lytham itself lies in the south west of the Fylde area of Lancashire on the estuary of the River Ribble and is a traditional coastal village. Originally it was a rural community, relatively poor and backward for centuries.The Manor of Lytham passed through several hands until in 1606 the Clifton family came to Lytham. this family made an incredible impression on Lytham and did a lot to build it up to a prosperous little town.
By the mid-1800s the Victorians were constructing not only a seaside town for visitors but also, encouraged by improved communications including a new railway, a wealthy town for Lancashire industrialists to live in - there are still some wonderful houses that belonged to such families in the town.
There isn't a beach as such at Lytham because it's on the mouth of the Ribble estuary, but it does have "Lytham Green" a long stretch of green grass to play ball, sunbathe or picnic on. It is lovely to walk along the Green, which overlooks the estuary of the River Ribble and the Welsh mountains - it is on this Green that you will see the famous windmill which is a landmark of the town. The windmill now holds a wonderfully illustrated exhibition of the town's history as well as being a major tourist information point, is open to the public during the season and entry is free of charge.
This coastline here is one of the best in Britain for birdwatching.
In between Lytham and St Annes lies the lovely Fairhaven Lake, this measures 1200m by 400m and is 1.2m at its deepest. This is somewhere that we love to visit at any time of the year - it is lovely for walking around.The lake has motor boats, canoes, rowing boats, kayaks and pedalos for hire or for the less adventurous there is an electrically powered motor launch that carries up to 20 passengers around the lake on a 10-15 min cruise.
Around the lake is a very pleasant park that holds a decent café, a skate park, small shop, playground, basketball court,14 tennis courts, bowling greens - both crown and flat and a RSPB Discovery Centre.In the summer there is usually a bouncy castle on the lawns. There is a large selection of wild fowl on the lake including a group of more than 250 Canada Geese, several Swans (including a solitary Black one) and many coots, water hens and other smaller waterfowl.
Just a little further along the coast you come to St Annes.
St Annes is a charming little seaside resort with miles of unspoilt sandy beach. Because the sea lies a good way out, and the tide comes in slow and gentle and gentle it is an ideal place for small children to play. There is alos a beautifully restored Victorian Pier and some elegant parks and gardens.
It really is a quintessentially English seaside resort where you can enjoy an ice cream, take the kids for a paddle in the sea or paddling pool, take out a rowing boat, jump on a trampoline, play golf or take a donkey ride, but all without the commercialism that is so evident a few miles up the road at Blackpool.
A short stroll takes you into the lovely little town itself with top-class modern shopping facilities and restaurants.We are lucky enough to live close enough to this area to make it a regular place for us to visit - at all times of year and I would really recommend it as an alternative to its more tawdry sister - Blackpool, or like us somewhere for the parents to go while the kids enjoy the pleasures of Pleasure Beach.
Summary: A great place for the young and the not-so-young,
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