We’ve not been to the sea for months, so, for a change, we headed out to Lytham and Lytham St. Anne’s. We arrived at Lytham first and parked the car near the windmill. It didn’t take long for the carpark to fill up and we’d have been struggling to find a park if we’d been just a little later. As you can see from the photo’, the sky was a bit threatening, but thankfully we didn’t get any rain whilst we were here.
Built originally back in 1805 as a corn mill this building has quite a bit of history attached to it. January 1st 1919 apparently had the sails spinning out of control in a gale. Sparks from the brakes caused a fire and the windmill was derelict for a few years until used for a variety of purposes. Only comparatively recently has some restoration work been carried out to return this building to the appearance you see now.
Heading away from the windmill towards St. Anne’s is a very pleasant flat walk, but the sea remains somewhat distant and looked rather grey and uninviting. However, by the time we got to St. Anne’s the sun was out and things looked much more summery and bright as you can see in the first photo and the shot below of the pier.
The beach at St. Anne’s was lovely. There seemed to be a lot of people about going off the amount of traffic on the road, but the beach was so large there was plenty of space for everyone … and it is a proper sandy beach. Very nice indeed … and … if you were feeling adventurous, you could even have a donkey ride on the sand.