These are the best beaches in and around Lancashire, according to our readers

Readers have shared their favourite local beaches to help those looking for a getaway close to home.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 7:58 am
The stone Ogre on Cleveleys beach is part of the story of the Sea Swallow and Mythic Coastline.

Our region has some beautiful beaches, from the well-known to those which are a bit more off the beaten track.

We asked our readers to share their favorite beauty spots in and around Lancashire as lockdown eases across the country.

Here is what they said:

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Ainsdale beach is located between Southport and Formby. It is recognised as one of the best beaches in the UK for extreme kite activities, and is a Blue Flag award winner.

*The “stay at home” order was lifted in England on March 29, and was replaced with an order to "stay local" and "minimise travel".

It is hoped that by June 21, all measures will will lifted across England - as long as the data allows.

The Department of health and social care says: "people should be sensible – if you do leave home, you should stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live - unless there is a justifiable reason not to do so."

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Formby Beach is ideal for families, with a large car park, picnic areas and waymarked paths to the beach, dunes and woods. The high dunes afford excellent views across the Irish Sea and on clear days after rain, even the mountains of Cumbria can be seen.
The small village of Knott End is across the estuary of the River Wyre, opposite Fleetwood. It’s on the southern side of Morecambe Bay – but still in the administrative borough of Wyre.
The Ainsdale & Birkdale Sandhills Nature Reserve includes the stunning Ainsdale Hills, Birkdale Hills, Frontals, Sands Lake, Velvet Trail and Birkdale Beach and is home to rare dunes, beach and woodland habitats.
Mary’s Shell on Cleveleys beach is a piece of public art. Find it on the sands near the seafront cafe, opposite Jubilee Gardens.
At St Annes seafront and beach there are miles of open public land to explore. It’s an enormous natural beach. Walk the beautifully tended promenade gardens and enjoy traditional seaside attractions with fun for all the family.
At low tide on the beach at Anchorsholme (at the northernmost end of Blackpool near to Cleveleys seafront) you can see wood sticking out of the sand. It’s the remains of the Abana shipwreck which ran aground on December 22, 1894.
It’s official name is Stanner Bank. But Granny’s Bay is the name that this popular bit of seafront and beach usually goes by. It’s the cove-like area, near to the White Church at Fairhaven. In summer 2020, it recently reopened after a multi-million pound rebuild of the sea wall.
On the south edge of the Morecambe Bay near Glasson Dock, at the mouth of the river Lune sits Plover Scar Lighthouse. It was built in 1847 on a rock ledge that is only uncovered at low tide and stands 26ft high. The lighthouse can be reached by a short walk from Cockerham Sands caravan site, which also passes the site of the 12th century Cockersand Abbey.