Looking along the Fylde Coast to the left (or south as it’s known!) and what can you see?
Depending on where you are relative to the curve of the coast, you can clearly see the Norbreck Hotel, Blackpool North Pier and the Tower, and sometimes Wales.
Over the water to their right across the sea lies Anglesey – and North Wales is often visible. The view becomes more clear as you travel south on the coast road towards Blackpool.
The View on a Map
We’ve marked the map below to show the angle of view.
From the western edge of the Isle of Anglesey at the left of the map, with Llandudno, Colwyn Bay Rhyl, Prestatyn around the shoreline of North Wales, around to the furthest east landmass at Birkenhead.
The big green area is Snowdonia – the hills of this National Park are often visible because they are so high.
The Hills of Snowdonia
It’s likely that the highest points that you can most often see are the hills of the National Park of Snowdonia.
Standing at 3560 feet above sea level (which is where we are in the photo) Mount Snowdon is nearly 7 times higher than Blackpool Tower.
The Tower is 518ft tall – imagine how high 6.87 of them would be – one above the other!
It’s the hills of Snowdonia National Park that you can see in the left of the photo below, taken from Cleveleys beach on 1 October 2017.
The big bump at the left is the hills of the northern end of Snowdonia, and the smaller bump at the very right of the photo is Anglesey.
Obviously as we look across the landscape we see the profile of the earth, not its boundary where it meets the sea.
In the photo below which was taken from Rossall Beach, the steps adjacent to the cafe on Cleveleys seafront are clearly visible in the foreground, with the hills of Wales behind.
You can even see the Gwynt y Môr windfarm in the picture, opened in June 2015 at a cost of over £2 billion with 160 turbines built by RWE Innogy UK in Liverpool Bay, off the North Wales coast.
Find out more
More about the Gwynt y Mor windfarm
If you are interested in the ferries and ships you can follow their movements on a website called ShipAIS which plots their movement across the seas. Unfortunately, on Christmas Eve 2010 the last ferry bound for Larne in Ireland sailed out of Fleetwood.
View of Blackpool