Lytham St Annes Beach

Located between the mud flats of the Ribble Estuary and the bright lights of Blackpool is the pleasant, if not a little posh, seaside town of Lytham. Despite being less than 5 miles down the coast from Blackpool, Lytham St Annes feels like a world apart.

What the two towns do share in common is a their classic seaside resort credentials. You’ll find swathes of sand, Victorian piers, donkey rides and ice cream vans galore at both, but (thankfully) this is largely where the similarity ends.

The beach itself at St Annes is a huge expanse of golden sand. The sort that is perfect for running around on and building sandcastles. It’s also a great spot for a paddle, however there are no lifeguards on duty and swimming isn’t recommended towards the estuary.

Behind the beach is a large grassy area featuring attractive gardens, a boating lake and Lytham’s iconic green windmill.

The pier at St Annes dates back to 1885 and measures around 600 ft (180 m) in length. It was intended to attract a slightly classier visitor than Blackpool’s working-class day-trippers. Over the years the pier has suffered like many of Britain’s piers. Whilst a considerable section has been destroyed the now separate landing jetty remains to give an idea of the piers original length.

Head southwards and the beach becomes a haven for wildlife. Backed by sand dunes this area attracts huge numbers of wildfowl and waders. At Fairhaven Lake there’s an RSPB Discovery Centre providing plenty of information about the local wildlife.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year except for the central section between the lifeboat station and pier. Here there is a seasonal ban between Good Friday and 30th September.

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  • Donkey rides
  • Kite surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Pier

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SD 3176 2871


Pay car parks and roadside parking available. there are disabled spaces.

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Lytham St Annes Beach Reviews


Sep 18th 2021

Miles of clean sand and water quality high. Recommended.

Jul 28th 2021

Sand and water both filthy

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