Struck by beauty and grandeur of Lytham

A view of the River Ribble flowing out to sea at Lytham.
A view of the River Ribble flowing out to sea at Lytham.
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When the sun is beating down Lancashire’s coastline is as stunning as any in more southerly climes.

Morecambe is exceptionally beautiful on sunny days and is rightly famous for its kaleidoscopic sunsets.

The town’s promenade and beaches are perfect places to enjoy the great outdoors but there are many other towns along the coast which are worth a visit.

One town I’d never explored was Lytham on the Fylde coast so I decided to take my husband Mark there for a visit on Sunday.

I’ve been working in Blackpool in recent weeks so it wasn’t hard to find our way to Lytham. We parked near the centre of the town and were immediately struck by the beauty and grandeur of the town’s Georgian architecture. There is clearly a lot of wealth in Lytham and, as a result, the town’s buildings look superb.

The town centre was a delight to roam around and with its tree-lined streets it definitely deserves the title of ‘Leafy Lytham’.

We walked to the elegant promenade which hugs the banks of the River Ribble as it flows out to sea. There were panoramic views towards Southport and up the coast to neighbouring St Annes.

Then we took a look around the town’s most iconic building – Lytham Windmill. It was built in 1805 and I was interested to hear that early residents came to see the windmill as an industrial nuisance, much like modern day wind turbines.

Lytham’s ancient history can be traced back to Viking times. In subsequent years Benedictine monks established a priory and lived at Lytham until Cuthbert Clifton of Westby acquired the land at Lytham Hall in 1606. It was passed down through his descendants for 350 years.

Starr Grass was planted in the dunes which made the land much firmer. As the land improved more farms appeared and between 1750 and 1764 Lytham Hall was rebuilt in the Georgian style.

In the 1700s Lytham gained a reputation as a health resort and it expanded further in the 1840s when the railway was built. Like Morecambe, the small settlement grew into a popular seaside resort.

If you love Georgian architecture – don’t miss Lytham.