Aerial view of St Annes seafront, Pier and beach from Quadographer13
Seafront gardens at St Annes
Waterfall and ponds at St Annes on the seafront
Things to do at The Island Complex
St Annes seafront has wide open, huge natural beaches, beautifully tended gardens complete with waterfalls and ducks, and traditional seaside attractions for all the family.
Have a look at the glorious sandy beach on a beautiful summers day in this aerial footage taken by Quadographer13
The long, straight roads of North and South Promenade provide an attractive north to south drive along the seafront at St Annes.
Along North Promenade you’ll find large properties on the landward side, some in individual ownership and others are apartment blocks, either converted from period properties or in a variety of recent architectural styles.
At the junction of the promenade and St Annes Road West, the main high street at St Annes, you'll find the seaside resort area of St Annes with waterfront hotels, holiday accommodation and all the traditional British seaside things.
There's a good selection of high quality accommodation, all designed to give you a perfect UK break, in your choice of period and modern properties.
This is also where you’ll find St Annes pier, set in the attractive surroundings of the typical British coastal resort.
Nearby is the paddling pool which is very popular in summer, and next to it an attractive bandstand.
The sea front gardens are beautiful and well kept, complete with a pond and waterfall where you'll find resident ducks.
There's pay and display car parking at the front of and to the right of the pier, along with Danfo public toilets (20p a go).
Whether on foot or by car, travel south along the coastal route and you’ll pass The Island complex, with restaurants and a cinema, along with outdoor children’s amusements, gift shops and a cafe – unusually housed in stationary railway carriages!
You’ll also pass the new RNLI all-weather base. The annual Lifeboat Day is held here, and in the same building is a cafe and the RNLI shop.
Cafe and RNLI shop on St Annes seafront
Next to the RNLI building is a boating lake where you can have all kinds of safe fun, messing about in the water.
Further along you'll reach the much larger Fairhaven Lake, where again, the coastal footpath heads around the waters edge, or the road runs against the sea front.
Finally, the road rounds the corner inland to the crossroads at the White Church, where you pick up Clifton Drive to return left to the centre of St Annes, or take a short drive right to Lytham.
These properties have spectacular views across the large sand dunes which flank the seaward side of the road. Naturally formed, these provide at least some protection from the westerly winds and airborne sand, which blows from the huge, golden sandy beach that lies beyond.
Sand dunes of North Promenade at St Annes
Along much of the waterfront at the northern end of St Annes is a natural dune system. It's a natural sea defence and is fronted by a huge sandy beach due to the wide tidal range of the Irish Sea.
This beach was internationally known for sand yachting, which was suspended after a visitor tragically died after being struck by a sand yacht.
In 2015 beach sports were back with a Windsports Regatta, after some successful trials have been held and new safety measures put in place. St Annes is popular for kite flying and kitesurfing – after all there is little shortage of wind on this coast!
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