Ribble Rides – Fylde Coast

The latest edition of our Ribble rides series is; Ribble Rides – Fylde Coast. a short section of the West Pennine Trails that suitable for riders of all ages and takes you from Lytham to St Annes. Find out more below;

Here at Ribble Cycles we love a bike ride, no matter how long or short it may be. This particular ride is one for all of the family, it’s mainly traffic-free for the duration and suits riders of all ages and abilities. It covers a section of Sustrans route 62 which itself forms part of the West Pennine Trail, connecting Fleetwood and Selby in North Yorkshire and ultimately the west and east coasts of England (the coast to coast).  

  • Distance – 7.2miles.
  • Elevation – 93ft
  • Difficulty – 1 out of 5

Here at Ribble Cycles we love a bike ride, no matter how long or short it may be. This particular ride is one for all of the family, it’s mainly traffic-free for the duration and suits riders of all ages and abilities. It covers a section of Sustrans route 62 which itself forms part of the West Pennine Trail, connecting Fleetwood and Selby in North Yorkshire and ultimately the west and east coasts of England (the coast to coast).  

  • Distance – 7.2miles.
  • Elevation – 93ft
  • Difficulty – 1 out of 5
Image 1. A pair of Hybrid ALe electric hybrid bikes pass the Windmill and Lifeboat Museum at rides start.

The route is a simple out and back, from Lytham, through Fairhaven to St Anne’s Pier. Starting at the East end of Lytham promenade the route follows the mouth of the Ribble estuary. On a good day Southport is in view across the estuary just a mere 7 miles distant (nearly 30 by road). 

You will immediately encounter the attractions of the Lytham Windmill and RNLI lifeboat house. This museum is often described as a ‘tardis’ for it looks much larger inside with 4 floors dedicated to the history of milling, shrimping and the Lytham lifeboat. Continue on (or pop in, it’s free) until the path meets the Inner Promenade roadway that connects Lytham and St Anne’s.

Image 2. A Ribble Hybrid AL e amidst the wonderful colour of a Lytham Greengrocers store.

A short section of pathway takes you to Fairhaven Lake which can trace its origins back to the latter stages of the reign of Queen Victoria. It’s an ideal place to stop for some peace and tranquillity as well as a spot of wildlife watching. Amongst its attractions, the lake boasts a cafe, RSPB discovery centre and boating.

From here it is a short ride along the Inner Promenade to Fairhaven Road car park. Hook a left, head into the car park, then turn right and head for the Beach Cafe. Look for the path to the right of the Café’s entrance and follow this all the way down to St Anne’s Pier. Grab some refreshment in St Anne’s or head back to Lytham where there’s a large selection of Café’s along the main street to choose from.  

Image 3. every cyclist’s favourite, the cafe stop for a well-deserved coffee and cake.

Do you fancy joining us on a Ribble Cycles ride out? Give us a call or visit ribblecycles.co.uk to find out more.

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