View of the offshore windfarms in the Irish Sea
You can enjoy different views across the water, of windfarms, sea traffic and far away coastlines.
The Fylde Coast is the peninsula between two river estuaries. In the south the River Ribble and in the north the River Wyre.
In the south, from Lytham the Ribble Estuary carves a view across the water of Anglesey and North Wales, and in the foreground Southport looks close enough to walk across to.
At Blackpool you're on the flat edge of the land mass so the horizon is long and clear. You'll see the offshore windfarms and occasional passing ships.
Up above are planes coming to the UK or to land closer to home at Blackpool Airport. Close proximity to BAE at Warton means that there are often test flights of fighter jets being played out above our heads.
Further north along the coast approaching Bispham and heading towards Cleveleys the Offshore Windfarms come more clearly into view.
You can also see various offshore rigs in the Irish Sea and ferries crossing from Heysham to Ireland.
In the right light conditions you can even see the Isle of Man - with the help of a mirage!
On the Visit Cleveleys site there is a whole section that documents the connection of the Walney Windfarm to land at Cleveleys during the summer of 2011.
Travel to the northern tip of the Fylde Coast to Fleetwood for amazing views across the sea.
Beyond the River Wyre estuary is Knott End, the Lake District, Morecambe Bay, Heysham and Lancaster. Depending on the weather they all come into clear view.
It's amazing how the various landmarks look so different when viewed from the various places on the coastline, because of the way that the convex curve positions you at different angles.
Follow the links for more detailed information about each of the views.
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