Lancashire Coastal Way
106 km / 66 miles
The Coastal Way follows the coastline between Merseyside and Cumbria but with the odd diversion inland where necessary.
The Lancashire coastline has a variety of landscapes from the distinctive limestone scenery of Arnside and Silverdale, saltmarshes and agricultural land and the seaside resorts of Morecambe and Blackpool and the Fylde coast. Lancaster and Carnforth are passed en route. There are major river estuaries of the Lune, Wyre and Ribble with much birdlife.
There is evidence of past industries based on iron, salt and limestone, alongside the modern businesses of British Aerospace, Nuclear Electric, British Gas and ICI and busy harbours at Fleetwood, Heysham and Glasson Dock and views of Morecambe Bay, the Bowland Fells and the Lake District.
A leaflet may be downloaded from the website below and the route is shown on OS mapping. Sections of the route are liable to tidal flooding: please call (01524) 582601 before setting out on your journey to make sure the route is still passable, and check tide tables. Parts of the route pass along the seaward side of the sea defences that consist of steep and slippery rocks, difficult to ascend, while the tide comes in very quickly.
|Path Type:||Paths Marked on OS mapping|
|Waymark:||Gull & wave logo|
|Attributes:||Easy; Coastal; River|
SD456755 - Silverdale, Lancs
SD434288 - Freckleton, Lancs
|Web Sites:||Lancashire CC - Lancashire Coastal Way|
|Griffmonster - Lancashire Coastal Way|
Publications, Badges and Certificates:
|Leaflet:||Lancashire Coastal Way (Lancashire County Council)|
|Paperback:||Lancashire Coastal Way & the Wyre Way: Fleetwood and Knott End to Lancaster (Lancashire County Books - 1993)|
|Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):|
|OS Landranger:||96, 97, 102|
|OS Landranger Active:||96, 97, 102|
|OS Explorer:||7, 41, 286, 296|
|OS Explorer Active:||7, 41, 286, 296|
Group Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:
|Hostel Accommodation:||Arnside YHA, Arnside, Carnforth, Lancashire||3 Km|
|Bunk House:||High House||3 Km|
|GPS Exchange Format Route File:||Lancashire Coastal Way GPX Exchange Format Route File||Login to Download
|MemoryMap Route file:||Lancashire Coastal Way Memory Map Route File||Login to Download
|Tracklogs Route file:||Lancashire Coastal Way Tracklogs Route file||Login to Download
|108.4 Km (67.4 miles)
638 m (2,093 ft) ascent
69 m (226 ft) maximum height