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Lytham – May 2018

The town is small and quiet. Known, more internationally, for the golf courses than the town itself.  If you want peace and quiet and to be able to dip in and out of the raucous then Lytham is just for you.

The Holiday House is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac. There are a few steps up into the house. So, you must be able to step up and down. Once in, you are in a comfortable lounge and a walk through to a reasonably sized kitchen diner. There is access to a small secluded garden down a couple of deep steps, with a sunshade and picnic table ready for use. The kitchen is well appointed with gas cooker and oven, microwave, dishwasher and fridge freezer. A gas BBQ is available to use out in the garden.  Caution is advised when using the hot water as it it very hot! In the lounge there is a large flatscreen TV, DVD player and an assortment of games and magazines. On a stand, by the door are an array of pamphlets to help you plan your exploration of the area and further afield. The house has free wifi which is accessible via a code the host supplies.

From the lounge, the stairs ascend to the two bedrooms and shared bathroom. The front bedroom has a generous double bed and spacious mirrored wardrobe.  The second bedroom has two single beds and overlooks the little sheltered garden.  The shared bathroom has sink, toilet and a lovely bath with jacuzzi abilities and an over bath shower.

Lytham sits on the south side of Blackpool on the edge of the River Ribble estuary. The area is mostly flat and is easy for walking. The pavements are generally smooth and easy to push a wheelchair along. Within a ten minute walk of the house is the riverside walk called The Green, a strip of grass running between the estuary and the main costal road. It is well kept and is used on fine days for people to rest, picnic and play.

The paths are smooth along The Green and there are plenty of benches to sit and admire the view and listen to larks and sea birds. You can also see the Welsh Mountains in the distance on the other side.  We enjoyed a flask of coffee and a cake whilst sitting in the sunshine enjoying the views.

Along this strip can be found two notable Lytham landmarks, The Windmill and the Old Lifeboat Museum. People are very happy to tell you stories about the past histories of the buildings and the immediate area – some tragic tales as well as heroic daring do.

The centre of Lytham has plenty of little shops, cafe’s and bars as well as a very nice Waitrose. The oldest buildings are situated on Henry Street and Dicconson Terrace.  The town is well served with buses and a railway that takes you to Blackpool in one direction or Preston to Colne in the other. Up to the missile of the 20th Century the Clifton Family had strong ties to the area, being the main land owner with historical links to the Tudor Courts via the Molyenux family. Just outside the town centre within a 25 minute walk is Lytham Hall which was the Clifton’s family seat. It is a beautiful Georgian House with the remains of a Jacobean manor attached.  The volunteer guides are very knowledgeable about the areas past history.  It is well worth a visit.  However, you need to be able to negotiate rough terrain, steps and stairs to get around.

From Lytham it is easy to access accessible buses to St Annes and Blackpool shops and sea fronts. We enjoyed the walks around the floral parks and sea frontages from our bus journeys.  Using a train on one occasion was great fun too. Buses and trains are very reasonably priced. We used the car to get to more places that were off the bus and train routes. Fairhaven Lake; is an important wildfowl habitat and the RSPB operate a visitors centre there. – don’t forget to pack your binoculars. We took ours and got some lovely views of waders and rare birds.

Blackpool Zoo: Grand day out. The place is well maintained and does solid work in supporting the protection and sustaining of endangered animals. There are plenty of facilities for eating and drinking with accessible toilet facilities.  Make sure you check the website before going as you can time your visit for the educational shows and animal feed times.  We got to see the raptors and the Lions up close during their feed times (we were safely behind fences and reinforced glass I hasten to add).  The staff are very kind and supportive.  It is important to remember that if you have a disability of any kind you need to provide evidence (e.g. blue badge) to access the preferential lower entrance fees and your supporter is not charged for entrance.

Fleetwood: Great for those who like retail therapy as there is a shopping outlet.  Outside Fleetwood is a small farm and agricultural museum which is fun and educational to visit too.  You can hand feed the lambs and goats as well as ride and brush a horse.

All in all, it is a very pleasant area close to the coast and rural areas. It is quiet and peaceful with plenty of opportunities to observe wild life in a variety of habitats.  It is great for walks if you have the abilities but not that easy to get about if you have severe or profound physical disabilities.

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