Pull on a pair of comfy shoes and go walking in St Annes. With a flat landscape, wide open skies, beaches and more, walking is free and good for you!

It’s good for the mind and body, with lots of proven scientific benefits. Walking is something that most of us can do, and it doesn’t cost any money.

Whether you’re an experienced walker, or not up to much more than a stroll, there must be few places better than St Annes in which to enjoy this age-old and completely free pastime.


Walking in St Annes with the help of your car

St Annes is a great place to go for a walk. If you are lucky enough to live here you could go out of your own gate and around the block. Or you could make your way to the beach and promenade, or enjoy one of the parks. Whichever route you pick it’s better than staying inside.

If you’re a visitor it’s well worth making a visit to St Annes just to enjoy the places where you can take a walk. Spring, summer, autumn or winter, there’s always plenty to see. Plus plenty of different weather and views to enjoy too!


You can park for free along the whole of the long seafront highway. There are pay and display car parks at various spots along the seafront. Plus public car parks in the town centre which are close to the beach and parks.


Dogs on Beaches

Like most seaside beaches, central beach (at the left of the the Pier) in St Annes is subject to a dog ban throughout the bathing season. There’s plenty of other beach where you can walk your dog.

Please don’t take your dog on the sand during the summer period when/where restrictions apply, or you may receive an on-the-spot fine.

More about dogs on St Annes beach here


Seafront Walking in St Annes

Head to the coast and a lovely walk awaits you on St Annes seafront.

You don’t need to worry about the tide if you fancy walking on the beach. There’s a really big tidal range at St Annes, and at low tide the sea goes out ever such a long way. At high tide there’s usually quite a lot of beach still exposed. Perhaps not in really windy weather (when you probably wouldn’t want to be on the beach anyway!)

St Annes promenade is nice and flat which makes for a very pleasant walk indeed. There are plenty of benches and places where you can sit and rest and take in the view. It’s ideal for prams and wheelchairs, with plenty of access points and a flat surface that’s easy to ride on.


Explore when you go Walking in St Annes

Feel more adventurous and want a longer walk? Why don’t you head north or south along the coast and enjoy a reasonable ramble. If you walk southwards you’ll reach Lytham quite quickly and beyond that, the banks of the River Ribble.

Here’s an interesting walk through Freckleton to the River Ribble.

Walk on the beach to Blackpool, Cleveleys, Fleetwood and beyond

Technically, you could walk from St Annes to Fleetwood on the beach. You’d need to consult the tide times before you try to do that, or you may find yourself swimming!

Enjoy miles of unspoilt, clean beach along the Fylde Coast, and a wide promenade, all the way north from St Annes to Fleetwood.

On a lovely day, take your shoes and socks off and paddle along the water’s edge as you walk. It’s surprising just how much distance you can cover when you do this. Why not walk as far as you want to then catch a bus back to where you started from?


Walk the Lancashire Coastal Way

Experienced and keen walkers can pick up the coastal Lancashire Way footpath at St Annes.

  • It starts at Freckleton, just slightly inland from Lytham on the banks of the Ribble Estuary.
  • The route follows the seafront along the Fylde Coast.
  • It crosses the River Wyre at Fleetwood
  • And carries on far beyond to Silverdale, just north of Carnforth.

The entire 67.4 mile route might be a bit too much for you. But according to Google Maps, the coastal path from West Beach at Lytham to Dock Street at Fleetwood is a little over 17 miles.


Green Spaces for Walking in St Annes

Do you prefer to be surrounded by trees, greenery and fields when you go for a walk? There are places where you can do that in St Annes too.

Apart from the many parks, there are beautiful gardens along the promenade.

Ashton Gardens is probably the best known of the local parks. There are miles of sand dunes for you to explore too.


Source: Visit Fylde Coast