Esplanade: Ferry Beach

Esplanade: Ferry Beach

Ferry Beach at Fleetwood is the one next to the Lower Lighthouse, across the road from Euston Gardens. It’s the beach next to Fleetwood RNLI lifeboat station, the ferry to Knott End, and the shops at The Esplanade.

Google map of Fleetwood Ferry Beach

Views from Ferry Beach

It’s a really lovely spot. Park your car against the edge of the sea and enjoy the view. Or take a walk as far as you like – pausing to look at the memorials and artworks which line the sea front.

Ferry Beach, The Esplanade, Fleetwood seafront and Euston Gardens, with adjacent car parking
Ferry Beach, The Esplanade, Fleetwood seafront and Euston Gardens, with adjacent car parking

The video clip below looks over the River Wyre Estuary, taken from the side of the boat launching facility, looking at the boats and the view beyond over Morecambe Bay. The white building in the distance is Heysham power station.

Watching the boats at Ferry Beach Fleetwood, from The Esplanade

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In the distance is the landscape of Lancaster and the Lake District and in front of you a sandy beach. It’s home to colonies of sea holly in its natural habitat, which in turn attracts lots of wildlife. Straight across the water you can see Lancaster and the power station at Heysham is clearly visible as a big white building. Grange Over Sands, Barrow and Walney Island are all visible on a clear day.

View of Lancaster Castle and Williamson Memorial, seen over the water of Morecambe Bay from Fleetwood
View of Lancaster Castle and Williamson Memorial, seen over the water of Morecambe Bay from Fleetwood

The beauty of this area is that the beach is right against the seafront parking area. Whatever the weather or time of day, you can sit in your car and enjoy the view. Look across Morecambe Bay to the Lakes, Lancaster and beyond. Especially since the parking bays are arranged pointing that way!

Sunset over Ferry Beach at The Esplanade Fleetwood
Sunset over Ferry Beach at The Esplanade Fleetwood

Ferry Beach at the edge of Morecambe Bay

Ferry Beach is on the bottom edge of Morecambe Bay, where the Wyre Estuary opens up into the Irish Sea. The Wyre Estuary itself is a wide and sandy habitat which is ideal for the flocks of waders and sea birds.

It’s not at all ideal for people who might think they can venture onto its dangerous banks. Please DO NOT go off the immediate foreshore and out onto the sandbanks.

  • Did you know? That Morecambe Bay officially stretches as far as the golf course, where the new Rossall sea wall begins.

Turn around and look inland and you’ll see the North Euston Hotel, fronted by the recently restored Euston Gardens.

Euston Gardens Fleetwood
Euston Gardens Fleetwood

Memorials and Public Art against Ferry Beach Fleetwood

There are a number of different memorials and pieces of public art on the wide seafront promenade adjacent to Ferry Beach.

Welcome Home

Everybody’s favourite is the ‘Welcome Home’ statue (below). A lifesize mother with children and their faithful pet dog are waiting to welcome home their men folk from the sea, as generations of families have done over the years. The men went off deep sea fishing for three weeks at a time and it was considered unlucky to wave them off at the start of the trip.

It was provided by Mrs Lofthouse and Fisherman’s Friend – the famous lozenge made right here in the town. It was designed and sculpted by Anita Lafford and unveiled in 1997.

  • Did you know? The dog is a breed known as a Lancashire Heeler.
Welcome Home statue on the Esplanade at Fleetwood
Welcome Home statue on the Esplanade at Fleetwood

The ‘Price of Fish’

This memorial depicts equipment from a trawler. It was created to recognise the great contribution to life in Fleetwood, made by the men and women of the fishing community.

The real ‘Price of Fish’ is the lives of the men lost in fishing operations, listed in the plaque on this memorial.

Price of Fish memorial at Fleetwood Ferry Beach
Price of Fish memorial at Fleetwood Ferry Beach

Morecambe Bay Helicopter Accident

The memorial to the Morecambe Bay Helicopter Accident on 27 December 2006, remembers the seven men who tragically lost their lives. They are remembered in this enduring memorial.

Morecambe Bay Helicopter tragedy memorial
Morecambe Bay Helicopter tragedy memorial

On this stretch of promenade you’ll also see interpretation signage with local stories and information.

Fleetwood Lower Lighthouse

You can’t miss Fleetwood Lower Lighthouse on The Esplanade at Fleetwood. Standing in the face of all weathers, year in and year out it watches over Ferry Beach, guiding ships to shore. It’s one of three lighthouses in Fleetwood.

Fleetwood Lower Lighthouse
Fleetwood Lower Lighthouse at The Esplanade, Ferry Beach

Fleetwood RNLI Lifeboat Station

The RNLI lifeboat station and HM Coastguard headquarters is on the The Esplanade at Ferry Beach.

It includes the launch facility for the lifeboat, despatch point for the Coastguard and a retail shop which is well worth a visit.

Fleetwood RNLI Boathouse and HM Coastguard headquarters
Fleetwood RNLI Boathouse and HM Coastguard headquarters

Adjacent to the RNLI, on the left as you look at it in real life – but on the right in the next photo, is another boat launch and training facility. It’s owned and operated by Blackpool and the Fylde College.

Blackpool and the Fylde College boat launch training facility
Blackpool and the Fylde College boat launch training facility

Fleetwood Ferry

The Ferry is both a regular form of transport for the residents of Knott End and Over Wyre, and a popular tourist attraction.

Fleetwood to Knott End Ferry
Fleetwood to Knott End Ferry at The Esplanade

From the crossing point on The Esplanade, you can take the short ferry ride across the River Wyre to Knott End. Explore not just the immediate area, but carry on walking through beautiful countryside and enjoy all that the Over Wyre* area has to offer.

Fleetwood to Knott End Ferry berth
Fleetwood to Knott End Ferry berth

*Over Wyre is the land ‘over the River Wyre’ – the rural areas of Preesall, Pilling, Stalmine, etc.

The alternative to crossing the river by ferry is a fairly long road journey. Travel inland along the A585 and the next crossing point is over the River Wyre at Shard Bridge.

Site of Special Scientific Interest

You might not perhaps think it, but, along with the rest of the Wyre river estuary from Rossall Point, the beach is actually a Site of Special Scientific Interest. That’s because of the plant and wildlife that can be found here.

In recent years, the protection has led to an overgrowth of non-native and often invasive species like sycamores. Removal of them in late 2011, along with the enriched sand dune they were growing in, allowed the protected species (particularly sea holly) to thrive.

This clean-up work included cutting back vegetation and dropping the beach level by about a metre next to the sea wall, from the RNLI Lifeboat Station up to the site of the former Fleetwood Pier. Wyre Council carried the work out, in conjunction with Natural England, to ensure that protected species weren’t damaged.

Shops, Food and Amusements

Just past the RNLI you’ll find a block of shops, along with proper seaside fish and chips and an amusement arcade. It’s a lovely spot to while away a few hours, whatever the weather!

Ferry Cafe and amusements at The Esplanade
Ferry Cafe and amusements at The Esplanade

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