Cycling in Blackpool
Blackpool’s ‘Cycling Town’ designation and funding resulted in a number of infrastructure improvements, including significant investment in cycle parking. Blackpool’s cycling maps show the extent of available parking in the town centre and outlying areas.
Starting at Blackpool's North Pier the route is clearly signed all the way to Fleetwood. Blackpool is a great place to spend an afternoon, with plenty to keep young and old amused. From the pleasure beach and its range of rides, to the Blackpool Tower, there is a wide range of exciting activities.
In Blackpool there are a number of different levels of promenade, those near the sea and others that are higher up near the tram route. This ride follows the higher levels, as it offers wider views. Once past the Red Bank Tram Stop the path follows a wide stretch of grassland down to Little Bispham, where the tram veers away from the sea on its way to Fleetwood.
Along the way you'll pass Cleveleys which is a good place to stop off for a bite to eat or refreshments - you'll find seaside chip shops, cafes and bars. On arriving in the Victorian seaside town of Fleetwood, the route takes you round to the river mouth of the River Wyre and the entrance to the docks.
Fleetwood is a lovely town to explore with beaches, a stately pavilion, playgrounds and gardens all within easy reach. The Fleetwood Market is one of the largest undercover markets in the North West and not to be missed. At Fleetwood you can also take a ferry over to Larne, on the east coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. There are 3 crossings a day for the 8 hour journey.
Route 62 continues from Blackpool along the coast to Lytham St Annes before taking you inland to Preston via Kirkham. Along the way you'll pass Stanley Park, Blackpool Zoo and model village and the lovely countryside of the Wyre.
Blackpool Youth Cycle Association (BYCA) is a great cycle club for young riders aged between 8 - 18 years. Registered as a British Cycling Go-Ride Club it aims to provide a safe friendly environment for young riders to develop their skills and meet new friends. The club meets on alternate Saturdays near the Clock Tower in Stanley Park between 10.00 and 12.00. Cycling activities range from learning new skills and riding around a course set up in the park, to learning how to ride in a group or doing a time trail around the athletics track. Whatever level your cycling is BYCA can offer something new and exciting.
The Clarion cycling club was formed in 1895 after a group of likeminded individuals got together in Birmingham in 1894. It took the Clarion name from Robert Blatchford's socialist newspaper. The National Clarion cycling club grew during the early 1900s with 8000+ members at one time and with sections all over the UK. Working class people were getting their freedom on bikes in the countryside and the Clarion was spreading the word and the newspaper to industrial towns and villages.