North Shore: Bispham to North Pier

North Shore: Bispham to North Pier

For the purposes of this article we’ll say that North Shore covers the section between Bispham and North Pier – although there may be a different official description!

Apologies in advance that photos are taken facing both north and south. Because of the direction of travel of the sun it is often better to take photos facing northwards so that the sun is on the subject.

In these two videos we drive north from North Pier to Bispham with the sea on our left. In the first clip travel along the promenade from North Pier to Gynn roundabout – that’s the one which always has an Illuminations feature. Then in the second clip travel along the prom from Gynn roundabout to Red Bank Road, which is where the Illuminations end at Bispham.

Start this Journey at Bispham

Bispham is where we begin this page.

It’s quite identifiable even if you don’t know the area – it’s where the tableaus start/end on the cliff and where the illuminations begin to welcome visitors to Blackpool.

Read more about Bispham here

Welcome arch at Red Bank Road, Bispham

In a car you can’t see much of the beach from the main road which hugs the coast, but on foot the views are spectacular from the edge!

View from Bispham north to Cleveleys and beyond

The footpath along the grassy banking adjacent to Queens Promenade, the main road, is one of only a few high spots on the Fylde Coast and from here you can see across the Irish Sea to neighbouring Cleveleys on your right (above) and the Lake District beyond.

Cliff top view from Bispham

On a clear day looking to your left you can see North Wales and the Isle of Man is visible straight out to sea, beyond the windfarms on a clear evening.

Cliff Top Walk

With the sea on your right you’re heading south towards the bright lights of Blackpool.

Bispham Cliff top walk, with Blackpool ahead

On foot, you’ve got a choice of three levels. Choose from the very top of the banking against the highway and where the tram tracks make their way along the seafront. Next is the middle walkway, or the lower bottom promenade from where the next stop is the beach.

Walkways along Bispham seafront

All along this stretch you’ll see wild flowers growing among the steep grass bank, with the pink flowers of thrift nodding in the breeze, and the white bells of sea campion.

Illuminations tableaux on the Cliffs at Bispham

This top footpath from Bispham is where you’ll find the tableaus in the Illuminations season. Every summer the huge grey poles are erected which support the illuminated scenes of all types – children’s nursery rhymes, figures from TV and dinosaurs from the past are all brought to life each year with millions of light bulbs. If you haven’t walked the route with your family you really must come along – safe from traffic and packed with people it’s a great atmosphere and a great evening out.

Check out our Blackpool Illuminations website here, for lots of photos and information about the Lights.

Boating Pool and Cliff Lift

Carry on walking south and you come to what was once a boating pool and is now laid out as a site for karting (below).

Cliff Lift and go-kart track at the former boating pool, Bispham

The Cliff Lift is no longer in use, but it makes a good landmark.

Find out more about the Cliff Lift here and boating pool here

Karting - old boating lake and cliff lift at Bispham

If you’re into wave watching then the top footpath is your spot on a windy day at high tide. All through the year you can see spectacular displays of the weather along the Fylde Coast and at Blackpool, with the best views of waves and spray lifting high into the air from this point.

You shouldn’t go down to the middle and lower walkways during high storms and always follow beach safety guidelines.

Sea overtopping at the Boating Lake and cliff lift

Jubilee Gardens

After the Cliff Lift as you approach Gynn roundabout, you’ll come to the spacious seafront Jubilee Gardens between the edge of the promenade and the tram lines.

Jubilee Gardens Blackpool

It’s a sunken garden built 100 years ago by our Victorian ancestors, which has recently been adopted by the new Friends of Jubilee Gardens Group – who have already transformed it.

Find out more about the Friends of Jubilee Gardens here

Gynn Roundabout

Gynn roundabout is another good local landmark – it joins the main promenade routes with roads that head inland to Bispham past the Rock Gardens, and here on the roundabout itself you’ll see a varying assortment of displays which are part of the Illuminations.


Our journey continues southwards towards North Pier, and on the lower walkway in the area across from the Imperial/Hilton Hotels you’ll find the Colonnades.

Colonnades at Blackpool North Shore

In this short clip below we’re stood on the walkway in front of the Colonnades, as a tram passes above.

They’re an attractive and original feature which date back to 1925 and hark back to the long history of Blackpool as one of the original British seaside resorts.

Access the lower walkway from the main promenade with the footpath (above) to find five curved bays which cover nearly a kilometre. They replaced the earlier coastal defences which had been built as grassed slopes in 1895-99.

Colonnades and Blackpool North Pier

Our journey southwards continues, and now you start to feel like you are arriving in Blackpool!

With Victorian shelters and benches and a spectacular view, the Promenade at Blackpool is one of the greatest spots from which to enjoy the evening sunshine as it sets on the west coast, and on a sunny day there’s nowhere better to be.

Victorian shelters on Blackpool seafront

You can pick up a tram anywhere along the way and head to Cleveleys and Fleetwood in the north, or into Blackpool. The promenade continues here at split level with the lower walks taking you past the Princess Parade Colonnade of 1912.

Metropole Hotel

Metropole Hotel and Cenotaph

Here is where you’ll find the Metropole Hotel (above), the only accommodation which is on the seaward side of the highway on the Fylde Coast.

There are attractive gardens here too, and the Cenotaph, and finally you have arrived at North Pier.

Seafront meets Blackpool North Pier

Read More

Read more about Bispham here – our website all about the Lights

Find out more about the Cliff Lift here and boating pool here

Find out more about the Friends of Jubilee Gardens here

Cliffs at Bispham on Blackpool seafront north shoreCliffs at Bispham on Blackpool seafront north shore

Shelters along Blackpool north shore seafrontShelters along Blackpool north shore seafront

Blackpool promenade at North CliffBlackpool promenade at North Cliff – you can just see the open air baths sticking out into the sea

North pier seen from north shore at BlackpoolNorth pier seen from north shore at Blackpool

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