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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
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Attributes: Easy; Coastal; River
SD456755 - Silverdale, Lancs
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SD434288 - Freckleton, Lancs
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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)


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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
  At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger: 9697102
OS Landranger Active: 9697102
OS Explorer: 741286296
OS Explorer Active: 741286296

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path Along Path
Hostel Accommodation: Arnside Independent Hostel 3 Km < 1 Km
B & B Accommodation: The Willowfield  (bookable online) 3 Km < 1 Km
B & B Accommodation: Number 43  (bookable online) 3 Km < 1 Km
Bunk House: High House 3 Km < 1 Km
Self-catering: Woodlands Pine Lodges  (bookable online) 5 Km < 1 Km
B & B Accommodation: Woodlands Country House Hotel  (bookable online) 5 Km < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Yealand Old School 2 Km 4 Km
Camp Site: Fell End Caravan Park  (bookable online) 4 Km 4 Km
Self-catering: Fell End Caravan Park  (bookable online) 5 Km 4 Km
Self-catering: Culdene, Carnforth  (bookable online) < 1 Km 6 Km
Self-catering: South Lakeland Leisure Village  (bookable online) 2 Km 6 Km
Self-catering: Swans Rest Holiday Cottages  (bookable online) 2 Km 64 Km
B & B Accommodation: The Carlton  (bookable online) < 1 Km 83 Km
B & B Accommodation: Trentham  (bookable online) < 1 Km 83 Km
B & B Accommodation: 4 Star Phildene Blackpool  (bookable online) < 1 Km 84 Km
B & B Accommodation: Lyndene Guest House  (bookable online) < 1 Km 84 Km

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Connected Paths:

Paths Marked on OS mapping: Cumbria Coastal Way; Wyre Way
Other Paths: Bay to Bay Walks; Blackpool to Bridlington (Aerospace Way); Breath of Fresh Air; Fairtrade Way; Grassington to West Coast Walk; Lancashire Monastic Way Cockerham Priory to Furness Abbey; Lancashire Witches Walk; Lancashire-Lakeland Link; Lancaster Canal; Pendle Witches Way; Red Rose Trail; Rucksack and Rail; Tops of the North (Three Shire Heads to Carlisle); Way of the Roses; Woodland, Sea and Wildlife
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Route Profile:

108.4 Km (67.4 miles)
638 m (2,093 ft) ascent
69 m (226 ft)  maximum height