Out There: Into the unknown

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After the excesses of Christmas and the New Year it’s great to blow off the cobwebs with a walk along a beach.

On a particularly windy day my husband Mark (aka Sparky) dragged me out of the house and down the coast to Fleetwood. We avoided Freeport and headed for the seafront. Then we parked up opposite the town’s famous crescent-shaped North Euston Hotel.

The beach and town were eerily quiet, except for a few hardy dog walkers.

We headed onto the beach where a small sand storm was brewing. Once we’d warmed up it was a wonderful walk with striking views out to sea.

We walked as far as the recently built Rossall Point Tower. This striking new 14-metres high observation tower is located in the sand dunes between the golf course and the sea and is designed to look as if it is leaning into the wind.

There are two observation decks that look out over the Irish Sea and have spectacular views of the Fylde Coast and over Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland fells.

The tower will provide a base for Wyre Council’s Countryside Service and the education facility will enable the public to explore and enjoy the bio diversity of the natural coastal environment and join in walks and sea shore activities with the rangers.

The observation decks will provide a great opportunity for bird watching. For anyone not wanting to climb up to the top deck the view will be relayed to a screen on the ground floor.

The tower will be the new base for the National Coastwatch Institution which keeps a watch over shipping and visitors to Morecambe Bay.

Finally I’d like to say a very happy new year to everyone who follows this column. Here’s to a happy and healthy outdoor life 
in 2013!