Explore Cleveleys seafront and beach, and enjoy the Great British Seaside at its best! There’s space for everyone and it’s a perfect place to enjoy family time, all year round.
Cleveleys seafront is just over a mile long from end to end. It extends from the boundary with Blackpool at Kingsway in the south (near Anchorsholme Park) to Rossall School in the north.
Along the seafront there are two different areas of beach. There’s the stepped sea defences adjacent to the town centre, and further north the more natural shingle of Rossall Beach.
Cleveleys Seafront in the South
Where Cleveleys meets Blackpool you can see the design of the sea defences change.
The ‘Spanish Steps’ of Cleveleys meet a sloping revetment and wave breaker steps at Blackpool. In 2016 the Anchorsholme sea defence works at Princes Way were completed (which is actually in the borough of Blackpool).
In recent years, the majority of the sea defences at Cleveleys seafront have been completely rebuilt. The multi-award winning design both protects against flooding and is an amazing public space. There’s another page all about the stepped seafront here.
Drive along Cleveleys Seafront
Watch this clip and take a drive along Cleveleys promenade from south to north. It’s a bit of a walk down memory lane as this video was made in 2015. Work was underway at the Anchorsholme sea defences (it’s now complete). Cleveleys seafront actually begins where the fencing ends.
Engineers and designers took the opportunity to incorporate a multi-use space when the new sea wall was built at Cleveleys. The circular area is known as the Plaza.
Find it near to the town centre at Victoria Road West, where South Promenade meets North Promenade. Next to the modern engineering is the traditional, original clock shelter. It’s still in the small traffic roundabout where it was built almost 100 years ago.
At Cleveleys Plaza you’ll find the seasonal, weekly Cleveleys market. The space is also sometimes used for events – and you can get a great ice cream here from Terry!
The tall white graceful form of the Sea Swallow stands high on the skyline. This marker is part of the Mythic Coast trail and can be seen inland from as far away as Morrison’s roundabout on the A585. Down at ground level are attractive planters, maintained by Cleveleys In Bloom.
You might remember the old Kiddies Corner which once occupied this space. It did find a new home a little further along. Going even further back you might remember the Follies – open air shows which took place in summer. Go back to the past and explore the olden days here.
The central beach at Cleveleys is tidal. A strip of shingle and pebble is deposited against the steps with acres of clean golden sand beyond it. Twice a day it’s covered by the tide, which goes out to reveal a clean canvas each time.
Because it’s tidal, very little flotsam and jetsam (marine rubbish) is deposited here. The sand is perfect for sandcastles, playing games, and a day out for all the family at the coast.
Pools of water are left behind on the beach each day which are a perfect, safe place for children to paddle. It’s a kid friendly beach.
Dogs on Beaches
Don’t forget that the beach adjacent to the stepped sea defences is subject to a dog ban in the summer season. Find out when and where you can take your dog on the beach at Cleveleys.
Head North along Cleveleys Seafront
Head north along the promenade with the sea on your left. The highway here is Promenade North all the way along the seafront, almost as far as you can go.
The construction of the sea defences also created an amazing public open space and new facilities, which were key to the regeneration of Cleveleys.
There’s convenient seafront parking close to the beach and town centre. The sea defence design provides unlimited seating. It’s a great surface for pushing prams and wheelchairs. It’s just so user friendly, there’s no wonder it’s popular.
You might, however, wonder why there is a great big wooden oar, seemingly washed up on the promenade! It belongs to the Ogre, you’ll need to have a good look to spot him! You won’t miss the Ogre’s Paddle though – why don’t you sit on it for a selfie!
Near to the paddle, across the promenade at Jubilee Leisure Park there are leisure facilities and additional parking. A gym now occupies the former ice rink and children’s activity centre, plus the cinema, and places to eat.
Next on the seafront is Jubilee Gardens. The large grassy area includes a children’s playground, skatepark and multi-use games court. The space is sometimes used by travelling fairs, community events and even the travelling circus! The long-stay car park at Jubilee Gardens can also be used as an events space.
Places to Eat and Play
A little further north where the stepped defences end is the seafront cafe and children’s water play area. You’ll recognise the cafe, it’s the building with the egg-whisk wind turbines on the top! Along with public toilets and places to sit there’s also an open air shower here, to wash those sandy feet off after a day on the beach.
Look out onto the beach and you won’t miss Mary’s Shell. Another piece of the public art trail, even at high tide there’s at least some of it on show.
If you’re looking for somewhere to eat (or drink) why not pop in The Venue? It’s the big grey building on the seafront, next to Jubilee Gardens. Serving food, coffee and refreshments throughout the day it’s also dog friendly. Live entertainment takes place every weekend too.
Access to Cleveleys Seafront
There is a rear flood wall along the whole length of the stepped sea defences. It’s punctuated with access points at frequent intervals – look out for the seafront shelters which mark where the gates are.
Each of the access points incorporates flood gates which are put into place when storm conditions are forecast. Once they’re in place, you’re advised not to go seaward of the wall. If you do, you’ll also find it a challenge to get off the promenade again (ie you will have to climb over the wall).
Do not proceed past them at high tide in storm conditions when the floodgates are closed.
The stepped sea defences provide easy access to the beach, but there are also proper staircases complete with handrails. Here, the steps are also easier to climb, with landings at regular intervals. There is a ramp to the beach approximately at the end of Beach Road, which provides access for prams and wheelchairs.
The steps end at the curve of the cafe, to meet the old sea wall built in the 1940’s. This shingle beach remains dry in all but the worst stormy weather. This section of shingle beach is an excellent natural sea defence which makes Rossall Beach less at risk from coastal flooding. That’s why a new sea wall hasn’t been built in this section.
Half of Rossall Beach is North Promenade and the very last bit, beyond the end of Thornton Gate, is Rossall Promenade.
Things to see and do at Rossall Beach
Rossall Beach is popular with dog walkers, fishermen, horse riders, kitesurfers, and everyone who loves the beach. Partly because of the free seafront parking, and partly because it’s so easily accessible.
A more wild and natural landscape, it’s a rich habitat for wildlife and an important ecosystem. Significant flocks of birds stop off here on their round-the-world migrations, and others live here all year round. If you’re lucky you might see a seal swimming offshore, or even a porpoise.
Don’t let all the concrete fool you into thinking it’s a barren land. Even in the central section of Cleveleys beach there’s a host of life against the man-made structure.
Enjoy the information signs along the edge of the beach. Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group installed them, they’re the group who look after this beach and keep it so nice.
You can park your car right against the beach and sit and enjoy the fabulous views whatever the weather. And the endless west coast sunsets, just like this one below… (it’s not blank – promise!)
Travel on from Cleveleys…
Rossall Promenade ends in a dead end at the Five Bar Gate. The footpath carries on and you can walk or cycle along the full length of the coast path from Cleveleys to Fleetwood although you can’t drive any further. In front of you are fields and the impressive buildings of Rossall School, with Fleetwood beyond. On foot it’s about a 25 minute walk.
It’s still Rossall Beach past the outlet for the land drain to the ‘tank traps’ near Rossall School. The concrete blocks were reputedly built to stop tanks from advancing up the beach during WW2. Here the sea bashes against the walls – be careful on a windy day at high tide.
…to reach Fleetwood
Just past Rossall School you are officially in Fleetwood in the Rossall area. The Rossall Sea Defences were completed and opened on 1 June 2018 so you can continue along the coast right through to the central seafront at Fleetwood.
If you are interested in the seafront at Fleetwood, head off to the Visit Fleetwood website and explore!
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