Only silver ribbons of water meandered across the vast expanse of mudflats in the Wyre Estuary when we arrived. "High Water?", said the boatman, hard at work on his yacht, "That'll be five o'clock. You'll have to come back in the Spring to see a proper tide." They certainly needed a high tide back in the 18th century, for every year fifty or more emigrants set sail from here for America. Somehow, beside the decaying jetties of this backwater, it seemed as though they'd only just gone.
LOCATION: North of Blackpool
START: Wyre Estuary Country Park, Thornton, off B5412, signed from A588, toilets
Grid ref: SD355431 Postcode: FY5 5LR
DISTANCE: 4 miles
GRADE: Easy, but a bit muddy in the fields.
TIME: 2 hours
MAP: Explorer - Lancaster & Morecambe Landranger 102
NOTE: wyre.gov.uk Path occasionally flooded at very high tides
REFRESHMENTS: Visitor Centre open daily, sells drinks
EN ROUTE: Cockle Hall, Ramper Pot, Skippool, Stanah
This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News