Spring at Beacon Fell

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Sitting by the Tarn at Beacon Fell, I heard the distant rumble of motorbikes.  Following my ears and on closer inspection, the pond was full of frogs, swamped in frogspawn, croaking to attract a mate.  Spring is on the way – even though it’s still perishing cold.

Beacon Fell, about a forty minute drive from Blackpool, is a delightful country park that offers a mix of woodland, moorland and farmland.  It’s perfect for enjoying gentle walks, appreciating nature, spotting wildlife and birdwatching.  The top of the fell, an easy climb, is 873 feet above sea level.  The reward for reaching the summit is a spectacular vista of the Forest of Bowland, Morecambe Bay with the mountains of the Lake District beyond, and the flat plains of the Fylde with Blackpool Tower standing aloft.

There’s a visitor centre, café and ample parking.  Beacon Fell is worth a visit any time of the year.

 

 

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Beach bag

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Armed with beach bag, head down searching for fascinating seaside treasures.

Turritellidae – tower shells.  An apt name for curly wurly shells scattered along the strandline of Blackpool beach.  Each shell once the home of a sea snail.

Chondrichthyes – mermaid’s purse.  Fairy-tale description for the crinkly egg case of the skate.  It’s fishy hatchlings long since gone.

 

Free for all

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Not everything costs an arm and a leg

Last year’s free events in Blackpool, Lytham and St Annes

2016 freebies include

St Annes Kite Festival – 30/31 July

Blackpool Air Show – 7/8 August

Lytham 40s Weekend – 13/14 August

World Fireworks Championship – 9-30 September

Blackpool Illuminations – 2 September-6 November

Loads more info at Visit Lancashire