Villages and towns around rural Fylde

Away from the coastal towns of Lytham and St Annes, there’s many pretty villages, country lanes, duck ponds, open spaces, a canal, country inns and traditional pubs worth exploring. The villages and towns are well worth visiting whether on two or four wheels, or even four hooves!

Spitfire Memorial - Fairhaven Lake

Ansdell and Fairhaven

Ansdell and Fairhaven are located between St Annes on the Sea and Lytham on the Fylde Coast. Ansdell was named after the famous painter Richard Ansdell and has a range of shops, train station, library and places to eat. Fairhaven has a golf course and the Lake which features the Spitfire memorial, popular café, RSPB Discovery Centre and boats for hire. The sea defences at Fairhaven will be transformed with a multi million pound project over the next few years and there’s the coastal path with spectacular views over the Ribble Estuary.

Elswick

Elswick is a small rural farming community located in the heart of the Fylde countryside and a short drive from the A585. Great pride is taken in the village which has won numerous In Bloom awards. Agriculture is the main employer, and in the village you’ll find the Ship Inn on the High Street, which is now a refurbished contemporary gastro-pub. The village has numerous amenities including a village hall and sports pitches. For more information about Elswick, click here.

Freckleton

Freckleton

Freckleton is located close to Warton Airfield, owned by BAE Systems. The name of the village appears in the Domesday Book as  “Frecheltun” and is said to derive from ‘Farmstead of a man called Frecla’. Until the 1920s Freckleton had a tollgate and travellers to Lytham and Preston had to pay a toll to use the turnpike road. In World war Two. American personnel from the neighbouring Warton Aerodrome resided in the village. The Freckleton Air Disaster happened on 23 August 1944, when an aircraft attempting to land at Warton during stormy weather crashed onto Freckleton’s Holy Trinity School. Sixty-one people lost their lives, including thirty-eight infants, their two teachers, and the three air crew, as well as several residents and US personnel in a snack bar across the road from the school. Annual commemorations still take place, attended by residents and US veterans. As well as the memorial garden, the village has plenty of shops and eateries. For more information, click here.

Escape Cafe, Kirkham

Kirkham

In his 1878 History of the Fylde of Lancashire, John Porter described Kirkham as “.. probably the earliest inhabited locality in the Fylde district”. The town is pre Roman in its origin with a name originating from the Danish “Kirk” (church) and “ham” (Saxon for settlement or home). In the Domesday book of 1086 it appears under the name of Chicheham. At one time the town had eleven mills, the last to be built being Progress Mill in 1915. There is the regular Club Day in summer, several hostelries and eateries including Escape Café and Book Bean & Ice Cream (which has welcomed many celebrities for book signings) and many amenities including a library, railway station (Kirkham and Wesham), market, shops and church. In summer there’s the Kirkfest music festival. For more information about Kirkham, click here.

 

Ernie Els

Lytham and St Annes on the Sea

Two coastal towns often referred to collectively as Lytham St Anne’s, these are two towns closely linked, but each with a distinct identity. St Anne’s on the Sea has a wide beach, sand dunes, Victorian pier, beach huts, many hotels, Promenade, many shops, busy town centre, parks and open spaces and is a very popular family destination, but year round for visitors of all ages. Just down the road Lytham has the iconic windmill, the listed Lytham Hall with its Georgian origins, many restaurants, Lytham Green, Lytham Heritage Centre to name but a few. There’s four very renowned and popular golf courses to choose from too. Both offer dramatic views across the Ribble Estuary towards Southport and North Wales and there’s plenty of golf courses and wide open spaces to explore.

Singleton - The Pump House

Singleton

Recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Singletun, it has very much maintained its village identity. For food there’s the popular Miller Arms public house or for something special, call into Singleton Lodge Country House Hotel. Nearby there’s the Great Hall at Mains, a bespoke wedding venue. In the summer, you can get lost in the Maize Maze and there’s a well used village hall too. The historic fire station was built in 1882 and housed a horse drawn fire engine and was manned by local volunteers. In the event of a fire the first job was to catch the horse that was grazing in a nearby field. The fire station became redundant in 1946 but is stall a focal point of the village. For more information about the history of Singleton Village, click here.

St Pauls Warton

Warton

Warton is best known for its airfield, Warton Aerodrome which is a manufacturing base for BAE Systems. The Church, now dedicated to St Paul, was built in 1886. The Birley Arms is located on Bryning Lane. The Birley family were 19th century flax and cotton mill-owners in nearby Kirkham. There’s eateries including Whelans for fish and chips and the Clifton Arms public house. For more information, click here.

Wesham

Wesham is the smaller neighbour to adjacent Kirkham and is a relatively newer town having grown up in the Victorian era with the growth of the railway (Kirkham and Wesham Railway Station). Wesham is home to AFC Fylde based at the new Mill Farm complex and Wesham town centre has a war memorial, shops and local amenities. It is also home to the UK’s only flying Huey UH-1 helicopter. Wesham is home to Fox’s biscuits who make the “Rocky” Bar. For more information, click here.

 

Wrea Green

Wrea Green

A regular winner of Lancashire’s best kept village, a part of the village of Wrea Green existed before the Domesday Book with the name of Ricksby. It has the largest village green in the county and to distinguish it further from the other Wray (near Lancaster), the name “Wrea Green” was born in 1848–49. Watch the ducks in the pond (locally known as ‘the Dub’, or in the summer pull up a chair or picnic and watch a game of cricket. There’s the popular Club Day event in the summer which brings colour and spectacle. For a spot of lunch you have a choice of options from the Villa Hotel to Dizzy Ducks to the Grapes. For more information about Wrea Green, click here.