Best beaches in Lancashire

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Below are a list of the top 12 beaches in Lancashire as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Lancashire is Blackpool Beach. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Lancashire just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • 1. Blackpool Beach

    Blackpool Beach © Snaphappyuk

    Blackpool is, for better or worse, possibly the best known seaside resort in the UK. The beach and seafront here have been a major draw for a hundred years and whilst the Blackpool's fortunes may have ebbed and waned the town's character essentially remains the same.

    Boasting seven miles of sand Blackpool seafront is home to…

  • 2. Cleveleys Beach

    Cleveleys © Geraldmurphyx | BY-SA

    Located just 4 miles north of the bright lights of Blackpool is the town of Cleveleys. The beach front here is a vast expanse of sea and sand, backed by a promenade and the Jubilee Gardens all of which have benefitted from a recent large scale renovation. Whilst traditional activities such as building sand castles,…

  • 3. Bispham Beach

    Bispham © Steve Daniels | BY-SA

    If you're in the Blackpool area and fancy a walk along the promenade away from all the holiday crowds, then Bispham might be a good choice. Set between Blackpool North Shore and Cleveleys, Bispham has extensive man-made sea defences, known locally as "The Cliffs" and views along the coast and out towards the Irish Sea.…

  • 4. Heysham (Half Moon Bay)

    Heysham (Half Moon Bay) © John Darch | BY-SA

    Half Moon Bay stretches from the wall of Heysham Harbour up the coast to the Heritage Centre at Lower Heysham. At high tide the beach is fairly small, flanked by rocks and backed by grassy hills. At low tide however, a vast expanse of sand and mudflats are exposed. The beach has views across Morecambe…

  • 5. Hest Bank Beach

    Hest Bank © Bill Boaden

    The village of Hest Bank, between Morecambe and Carnforth has a grassy foreshore and a sandy beach. It has views onto the saltmarshes and mudflats of Morecambe Bay, which is notorious for its sinking sands, mud-filled gullies and fast-moving tides. Although organised cross-bay walks sometimes take place here, nobody should venture out onto the mudflats…

  • 6. Morecambe Beach (North)

    Morecambe © Stephen Craven | BY-SA

    In the early and mid 20th century Morecambe was very much a thriving resort town. Today things are a little quieter but the resort is not without its charm and there is still plenty going on. Arcades, shops along with a variety of fish & chip shops, ice cream parlours and the like can all…

  • 7. Lytham St Annes Beach

    Lytham St Annes © Michael_d_beckwith

    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…

  • 8. Fleetwood Beach

    Fleetwood © Keith Burroughs | BY-SA

    Fleetwood is actually the name of this charming seaside town in Lancashire that used to be a fishing port, although the name is also sometimes applied to the beach here. Technically however the beach in Fleetwood is called Marine Beach and you will find a fine stretch of sand here as well as pretty sand…

  • 9. Pilling Sands Beach

    Pilling Sands © Tom Richardson | BY-SA

    Not so much of a beach as a an area of salt marsh. Pilling Sands overlooks the River Lune estuary, at the southern end of Morecambe Bay. Beyond the grassy marsh, a vast area of wet sand is exposed at low tide. Visitors should not stray onto these sands and need to be aware that…

  • 10. St. Annes - North Beach

    St. Annes - North © K A | BY-SA

    This sandy beach, backed by dunes is located on the Fylde coastline, between Lytham St Annes and Blackpool.  At low tide up to 300 metres of clean, golden sand is exposed, perfect for building sandcastles and playing beach games.  

    The North Beach is used by dog walkers, kite flyers and families.  In summer the dunes behind…

  • 11. Morecambe South Beach

    Morecambe South © Steve Daniels | BY-SA

    Morecambe South Beach is a sand and shingle expanse, backed by rocky sea defences. The beach slopes gently into the sea, and is a popular place to relax whilst taking in the sea air during the warmer summer months. A pleasant promenade, featuring art installations and games for children runs all the way along the…

  • 12. Blackpool North Beach

    Blackpool North © John M Wheatley | BY-SA

    Whatever your preferences, the north pier and north beach has a wealth of attractions to enjoy. First of all there is the beach itself where you will find clear sands and rolling waves. Popular activities on the beach include hiring a deckchair to enjoy a relaxing day in the sun(!) or simply laying a towel…