Fairhaven walk

Fairhaven walk

Fairhaven walk

First published in Walks in the Lake District Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by

This easy circular walk offers seaside views around a lake created by an old flooded golf course.

There is an adventure playground for a game of crazy golf and to enjoy refreshments in the old golf house.

There are wide places to explore and wildlife aplenty to provide a contrast of interest to one and all.

The whole area around Lytham is fascinating for all, but especially for children where there is so much of interest. Fairhaven Lake is situated between the sea and a flat, firm beach and the promenade. A firm, circular track runs around the lake which is flat and perfect for pushchairs.

From the car park take the first right turn and descend gently between trees to reach the lake. Just before the turn is a telescope operated by a 20 pence coin and from which there are splendid views across the Ribble Estuary to Southport. Around the telescope there are large stones into which are set seashells which look very like those which can be found on the beach once the tide is out.

See the beacon high up on the left and close to the promenade. The obvious path twists among trees with lots of secluded picnic table. There are child-friendly areas among the trees, ideal for dens and hide and seek. Young legs can be exercised in safety whilst older limbs can sit quickly and enjoy the non-human wildlife. This area has quiet spots even when the lake is at its busiest.

The route swings to the right to reach a prominent red lifebuoy to the left. The lake is on the right and here is the launching point for the Blackpool and Fylde Model Boat Club. Even more at home on the water are birds such as resident moorhen, coot, mallards and male swans. They have plenty of safe nesting sites on the islands in the middle of the lake.

Continue along the obvious path to reach a white building on the left. Here is the base for a series of amenities to suit all tastes. There is a bowling green, tennis courts, adventure playground with lots of climbing frames and also a skateboard and BMX training court. There is another picnic site.

Keep the Fairhaven Lake Cafe on the left and be sure that this is a clean and child-friendly place, but with seats so arranged as to provide privacy for older folk. All along the lakeside there are many seats.

Pass the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Discovery Centre which is open all the year round (except on Mondays) and there is no entry fee. Here are leaflets and with people on hand to help explain the history of Fairhaven and especially the birdlife around the area.

The wide path sweeps to the right.

Approach the toilets at the end of the lake. Ascend a few steps to the left to reach the snack bar . Turn right.

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