CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

Walking With The Community

The South Fylde Line CRP has successfully re-launched its series of railway based walks for the summer 2015 season.


The group gather outside the station at St. Anne's-on-the-Sea

The group gather outside the station at St. Anne’s-on-the-Sea

Around 25 people braved the strong sea breeze and temperatures in the high 20s to walk the St. Anne’s Town Trail that starts at the railway station. Locals were joined by people from as far away as Manchester and Southampton to enjoy a guided version of  the walk led by CRP chair, Tony Ford.

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Lytham & St. Anne’s Town Crier Colin Ballard started proceedings off in his own inimitable style and then Tony explained that the reason for the series of walks was to encourage people to come and explore the delights of the Fylde Coast by train and to discover a bit of the history of the area. Tony then led the group around the walk explaining highlights of the town including the uniquely styled Porritt houses, Ashton Gardens, the gory details of the Clifton Family crest and the history of the pier.

Two walks have already been published, the St. Anne’s Town Trail that starts and finishes at St. Anne’s- on-the-Sea station and a walk from Lytham station to Ansdell & Fairhaven station via Lytham Hall. Two more walks should be ready for publication later this year a Lytham Town Trail and a coastal walk from Lytham to St. Anne’s via Fairhaven Lake.

The walks are designed to be self-guided and can be downloaded from the website off the walks navigation button at the top of this page.