On a clear day from Cleveleys you can see land to the left, right and ahead, with spectacular views across the sea.
The coastline curves eastwards round to Fleetwood. So when you look to your right you can’t actually see Fleetwood seafront from Cleveleys. As you travel to Fleetwood along the coast road, the view of Morecambe Bay and the Lakes changes completely. Explore this different view here.
Views Across the Sea to the North
Look to your right along the coast to Morecambe Bay and on all but the cloudiest of days it’s a great view. You can see the Lakes, the shipyard at Barrow and the power station at Heysham. This is what you can see, marked on a photo:
The shipyard at Barrow is the group of white buildings at the far left edge of the land. Take a look in these photos:
Dusted in snow in winter, the hills look picture-postcard-perfect on a clear day, as you can see in the first photo on this page. On a really good day, at any time of the year, you can even see the wind turbines on the hills.
Views Across the Sea of the Windfarms
Only quite poor weather blocks out the turbines of the offshore windfarms in the Irish Sea. They’re usually part of the views across the sea.
It looks like one big windfarm from land, but it was actually built in separate phases. Construction is ongoing. The first turbines erected were the Barrow Offshore Windfarm.
The Walney Offshore Windfarm was built in 2010. The cable for the second phase of 51 turbines comes ashore up the beach at Cleveleys. It was installed during the summer of 2011.
Views Across the Sea of the Isle of Man
Face straight ahead, and look to about 1 o’clock. On a really clear evening, with a bright sunset you might see the outline of the hills of the Isle of Man on the horizon. You can even see the Tower of Refuge on the top of Conister Rock if the conditions are right. Read more about the view of the Isle of Man here.
Views Across the Sea to the Left/South
Depending on where you are on the coastline, looking along the coast to the left you can clearly see Blackpool Tower and North Pier.
Further to the right of those familiar landmarks, across the sea, lie North Wales and Anglesey. You’ll often see them as a series of hills across the water. You might mistake the bumps of land for clouds at first!
Ships Sailing on the Sea
Although it’s not a shipping lane as such, from the coast at Cleveleys you’ll see a variety of ships and boats. On Christmas Eve 2010 the last ferry bound for Larne in Ireland sailed out of Fleetwood.
If you’re interested in ferries and ships you can follow their movements on a website called ShipAIS. It plots their movement across the seas, with who they are and where they’re going.
Look Inland – see the Forest of Bowland
If you love the sea you’ll probably spend most of your time looking over it towards the horizon. But you’ve probably also seen the hills in front of you when you turn around and head inland away from the coast. As the Fylde Coast is so flat, it’s a pretty good view of the Forest of Bowland, looking over Cleveleys and Thornton.
This photo is the hills of the Forest of Bowland, looking over the fields at Rossall School.
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