South Shore: Blackpool

South Shore: Blackpool
Blackpool South Shore, promenade filmed from Central Pier
Blackpool South Shore promenade at the Glitter Ball, filmed in winter
Blackpool South Shore promenade at the Glitter Ball, filmed in winter

Take a look around Blackpool South Shore – we’re going from Central Pier, heading south past Waterloo Headland and towards South Pier. Then past the Sandcastle and Pleasure Beach, beyond to Squires Gate.

As you know Blackpool is unique in that it has three piers. Central Pier is the one with the huge big wheel.

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Carry on southwards and the seafront shops and attractions of the Golden Mile are replaced with hotels and guest houses.

Hotels at Blackpool South Shore
Hotels at Blackpool South Shore

Sea Defences and Promenade

The full length of the seafront at Blackpool has been completely rebuilt in recent years. It was a £100m+ project that was fully completed in 2012.

The scheme incorporates revetments that are known as ‘Spanish Steps’ which are designed to sap the energy out of the waves and prevent overtopping. As you stand against the steps and watch the sea bash into them, you can actually see the energy of the waves being dissipated as they climb the stairs. Interspaced with the steps are sections of more traditional sea wall.

Stepped sea defences at Blackpool South Shore
Stepped sea defences at Blackpool South Shore

Between the tram tracks and the open pedestrian spaces of the promenade, a grassy strip weaves its way along the seafront. It breaks the promenade up, changes the view and provides places to sit and enjoy good weather.

Grass features along Blackpool South Shore
Grass features along Blackpool South Shore

Manchester Square

A little further south past Central Pier you come to Manchester Square. It’s not really a ‘square’ at all, rather it’s the forked junction where Lytham Road veers inland from the promenade. It’s where you’ll find the pub of the same name.

Manchester Square at Blackpool South Shore
Manchester Square at Blackpool South Shore

On Lytham Road, just past the Manchester, you’ll notice that the tram tracks veer left, to the old tram sheds at Rigby Road. This is where the Blackpool Heritage Trams are kept at Rigby Road. It’s where you’ll see them begin their journeys from.

The modern, burgundy Blackpool trams are kept at the new tram shed at Squires Gate.

Promenade at Manchester Square, Blackpool South Shore
Promenade at Manchester Square, Blackpool South Shore

What lies underground at Blackpool South Shore?

At Manchester Square you’ll also pass a small building with a series of slightly curved pipes sticking out of the ground next to it. This is a United Utilities pumping station.

United Utilities Pumping Station at Blackpool South Shore
United Utilities Pumping Station at Blackpool South Shore

Extensive improvement works have also been carried out at the pumping station in recent years, finished off by landscaping works and improvements to the buildings themselves. The new building is clad in subtle green granite-effect tiles, and the surrounding headland areas lawned with grass which goes around the back of the buildings.

Directly underneath here, and along the entire Blackpool seafront, runs a huge mains sewer. It’s deep underground and carries all of the sewage and rainwater from the Fylde Coast to a state of the art sewage treatment facility at Fleetwood.

Do you remember the famous windmill which stood here? It actually used to house the old pumping station before the sewage system was upgraded. You can just see it in this old photo below. There are more old Blackpool photos here.

Windmill pumping station at Blackpool South Shore
Windmill pumping station at Blackpool South Shore

Waterloo Headland and Blackpool South Shore Beach

Waterloo Headland is a huge, curved area of land which was created during the sea wall construction works. It’s opposite Waterloo Road and Blackpool South Shore shopping area.

Waterloo Headland at Blackpool South Shore
Waterloo Headland at Blackpool South Shore

It’s not easy to see just how big it is from a photo – why don’t you go and explore for yourself?

Waterloo Headland at Blackpool South Shore
Waterloo Headland at Blackpool South Shore

It’s a great big, wide open space. Perfect for walks in winter or summer, with great access to the beach.

There are more miles of golden sands for you to explore at Waterloo Headland, and more Spanish Steps to sit on, catch your breath and enjoy the views.

Miles of golden beach at Blackpool South Shore
Miles of golden beach at Blackpool South Shore

South Shore Shopping Area

Waterloo Road (pictured below) is just around the corner from Notarianni’s Ice Cream Parlour. It’s not far from McDonald’s, before you get to South Pier.

Waterloo Road at Blackpool South Shore
Waterloo Road at Blackpool South Shore

Always popular with locals and tourists, there are shops here for visitors along with local convenience and food stores and indoor markets.

There are seafront hotels and guest houses of different sizes along the promenade, interspaced by some shops, cafes and takeaways. It’s a fascinating mixture of sights, sounds and smells.

Your next stop is South Pier.

South Pier and Pleasure Beach at Blackpool South Shore

On your journey southwards along the promenade with the sea on your right, you’ll come to South Pier next.

South Pier at Blackpool South Shore
South Pier at Blackpool South Shore

The next door neighbour to South Pier is the Sandcastle Waterpark. There you can enjoy slides and rides whatever the weather!

Sandcastle Waterpark at Blackpool South Shore
Sandcastle Waterpark at Blackpool South Shore

On your left, opposite the Pier and Sandcastle, is Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Pleasure Beach and Sandcastle at Blackpool South Shore
Pleasure Beach and Sandcastle at Blackpool South Shore
Pleasure Beach at Blackpool South Shore
Pleasure Beach at Blackpool South Shore

Continue along the promenade and there’s a row of shops painted in different colours. They’re part of the Pleasure Beach.

Shops at the Pleasure Beach at Blackpool South Shore
Shops at the Pleasure Beach at Blackpool South Shore

Beyond the Pleasure Beach the seafront changes pace again, giving way to hotels and private accommodation.

Blackpool South Shore at its most southern point

The promenade beyond the bright lights and attractions of Blackpool is wide, flat and open. It’s perfect for walking, cycling and enjoying the beach and views.

There’s more about this last bit of Blackpool seafront up to Squires Gate here

In the area around the Solaris Centre there’s a public art trail for you to explore – the most obvious one is the Mirror Ball.

Promenade at the Mirror Ball at Blackpool South Shore
Promenade at the Mirror Ball at Blackpool South Shore

Continue southwards to Squires Gate and the new tram sheds at the bottom of Squires Gate Lane mark the end of Blackpool seafront. Blackpool meets the boundary of St Annes here and the borough of Fylde.

Blackpool Illuminations

Don’t forget that the whole of the promenade at Blackpool comes to life from late summer until autumn every year, with the Blackpool Illuminations.

Find out more about The Blackpool Illuminations here

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