Sunday, 22nd November 2014

Walk: Lytham Windmill, St Annes's Pier, North Pier, Little Bispham
Start Point: Lytham Windmill    
Distance: 12.1 miles    
Time: 6 hours
Weather: Sunny all day with clear views.
Comments:

Our MPs walk was a great success as both MPs clearly enjoyed walking with us.

We started at the Fylde windmill where we met Mark Menzies MP. Mark walked with us to St Annes Pier where we stopped for a coffee / tea break and a final chat with Mark before walking on through Blackpool South to Blackpool North Pier. 

At Blackpool North Pier we then met Paul Maynard who walked with us to Little Bispham.

Both MPs were extremely sociable and very interesting to talk to and it was clear that both had done their homework as they were fully aware of what the Ramblers is all about. It was extremely pleasing to hear that they were both so supportive of the Ramblers on issues such as health benefits of walking, the importance of having a well maintained footpath network and the benefits to the Fylde and Blackpool community of having a designated coastal path.

The closure of Blackpool airport was also a hot topic and it was clear that both Paul and Mark were keen to see the airport reopen.

With the bright sky and low sun the views out to sea were quite stunning making this an extremely enjoyable walk which we all enjoyed.

The weather is promising . . .

as we gather beside Lytham Windmill

Mark Menzies joins us . . .

and discusses the health benefits of walking . . .

with Ian, who has organised the event

The tide is coming in so the boats are going out

Fairhaven Lake

Spitfire model in the park

Continuing on to the . . .

coastal path . . .

heading for St Annes . . .

where we meet a Nordic walking group going in the opposite direction

A couple of herons amongst some oyster catchers

Passing a miniature railway . . .

and some beach huts for sale

At St Annes Pier we stop for a refreshment break and a chat . . .

before Mark leaves us

We pass beneath St Annes pier . . .

to continue along the beach . . .

towards North Pier

Some handy seats along the way . . .

provide a good spot for a lunch break

No rides on The Big One today . . .

and not many people around . . .

as we make our way along the prom . . .

to meet Paul Maynard . . .

and Ian points out the route . . .

but first, time for a group photo

Taking a look back . . .

as we continue on our way

Waiting to join our group?

The light is beginning to change . . .

but there is still time . . .

to capture a few shots of the bird population . . .

looking for their dinner

The sun will soon be disappearing . . .

as we say 'Goodbye' to Paul at Little Bispham

Time for us to catch the bus . . .

back to the Windmill at Lytham

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