Fletho two
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By Mary Oz on 01 May 2022







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I have amended FleTho One to use a safer route to navigate the big busy roundabout on the A585 by the caravan park

I have amended FleTho One to use a safer route to navigate the big busy roundabout on the A585 by the caravan park


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Grid Ref SD3387848408
Lat / Lon 53.92757° / -3.00845°
Easting / Northing 333,878E / 448,408N
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Grid Ref SD3427242039
Lat / Lon 53.87039° / -3.00108°
Easting / Northing 334,272E / 442,039N
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Mary Oz

01 May 2022 Spring

The east side of Fleetwood, next to the Wyre Estuary, has a string of abandoned, flattened spaces where there used to be a railway line, and possibly buildings linked with the fishing industry. These are surrounded by a high fence, and all along the water side of the fences is the path out of Fleetwood. It is sort of pleasant and interesting, but also feels a bit isolated, with no escape for over a kilometre. It also includes an unavoidable footbridge with 37 steps, and a fairly narrow section at one point. Soon after this, there is a long, straight, tedious road alongside the tramline, with many industrial units alongside it. There are many smells too – fish, motor repairs oily smells, cough sweets…
Towards the big roundabout onto the A585 the pavement ends and you need to cross the road onto an off-road footpath which meets the main road at a pelican crossing, and you can use this to continue the route safely. This is slightly different from FleTho One and is fairly clear on the ground.
It is a relief to leave the roads along a wooded, gravelled footpath which crosses the disused railway line to reach the coast. Unfortunately, this currently also involves crossing a track sometimes used by heavy vehicles, which have churned the crossing into two or three metres of unavoidable deep slushy mud. After this, the coastal Wyre Way is an exposed, gravelled path alongside the open marshes and estuary. Apart from industrial buildings to the inland side this is really quite pleasant, and is used by walkers, with and without dogs. There are benches dotted along here. The birdlife along here is pretty good, with flocks of oyster catchers, lapwings, curlew, plover and widgeon. The visitor centre has toilets for 30p, and apparently a café too. The roads into Thornton are the usual suburban type.
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