After spending time in the Lake District we thought it was time to have a bit of time by the sea and civilisation!
Blackpool is the archetypal British seaside resort. It was the coming of the railway in 1846 that made Blackpool the first seaside resort for working class families. In the mid 19th century whole Lancashire mill towns used to have their "Wakes Week"(or annual holidays) in Blackpool.
Our basis of exploring Blackpool was to walk the substancial and revamped promenade avoiding the amusement arcades and other so called attractions. There is seven miles of sandy beach and accompanying promenade and we walked quite a large proportion of it. There are three piers and of course the Blackpool Tower which was erected in 1894, five years after the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It was a good walk. Our return was on the very efficient and modern trams that run along the front.
Our second day saw us going inland into the Forest of Bowland although there wasn't much forest and enjoying a walk at Beacon Fell before exploring many of the narrow lanes and valleys of the area. The evening saw us going into Lytham At Anne's, a more refined town to Blackpool to an open air performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore. It was an excellent show and it remained dry but cold.
Our final day despite the weather saw us exploring the coastline just north of Blackpool. We found a great walk along the side of the River Lune and the sun even shone.