All the incredible attractions you can cram into just 10,000 steps on Blackpool Promenade

Heading to the seaside and strolling along the promenade is a tradition most visitors to a British resort will have experienced.

Maybe they even stopped for an ice cream, a portion of fish and chips or spent some time in the amusement arcade. Blackpool’s promenade offers all of these things and of course thousands of sandy beaches.

But, depending on what time of year you visit, they have something nowhere else does: the illuminations. The traditional way to experience these in their full glory is to drive through them. But the tide is slowly turning.

Staying aglow for an extended period for 2022, visitors are now encouraged – and opting to – walk through the six-miles of lights instead, giving them a better chance to take everything in. This is especially the case with the introduction of the Lightpool Festival, which is better viewed on foot.

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With this in mind, and despite it being several months before the illuminations are switched on, we were inspired to combine a walk along the promenade on a sunny spring day. There’s so much to see and do en route and it’s easy to not notice how far you have walked and for how long.

It is widely known that walking is a less-strenuous way to keep fit, so we wanted to see if we could complete a 10,000 step challenge along the promenade, while also observing what we came across along the way. So LancsLive tourism writer Denise Evans headed to the Fylde Coast to do just that….

The route



Data taken from Denise Evans' mobile phone calculated from her walk along Blackpool Promenade
Data taken from Denise Evans’ mobile phone calculated from her walk along Blackpool Promenade

Route: South Promenade to Blackpool Tower (return)

walk length: 6.78km

steps: 10,007

Total length: One hour and 25 minutes in total (43mins each way)

Average speed: 4.9km/h

Calories burned: 400

Temperature: 14C

(Data recorded by Samsung Health)

I set off from the striking Glitter Ball sculpture on South Promenade and made my way to Blackpool Tower and back again, as they are both good strong landmarks. As long as I made sure I walked parallel to the sea, it was impossible for me to get lost. This was an uncharacteristically balmy day in Blackpool, with clear blue skies and a gentle breeze, so I couldn’t have picked a better day for it.



A sunny spring day in Blackpool is perfect for a walk along the prom
A sunny spring day in Blackpool is perfect for a walk along the prom

I was lucky, but naturally in cooler, rainy and windy weather, the unshaded parts of this walk would not be as pleasant, but there’s plenty of places to dive into to take shelter if you do find yourself in a sudden downpour. I’m generally a fast walker, but I varied my speed a little and tried to keep in mind not everyone is comfortable or able to move at Road Runner-esque speeds.

Also, walking slower meant I could take in my surroundings much better and because it was quiet, there was plenty of space on the pavements (which were generally clean and smooth with no potholes or even pavement cracks to contend with). There along with ample opportunity to stop and take pictures without getting in anyone’s way. Not a luxury I’d expect in peak summer.

The route is also pretty flat, with the option of changing up what level or terrain you walk, whether it be on road level, along the lower promenade via the steps or ramps dotted along the route or directly on the beach if the tide is out .

Piers, pirates and peace



Amusement arcades down Blackpool's famous Golden Mile
Amusement arcades down Blackpool’s famous Golden Mile

I have visited Blackpool numerous times over the years, both as a child, teenager and adult, either to ride rollercoasters at the Pleasure Beach or drive through the illuminations with my family.

But I had never walked for any significant distance along the promenade in daylight. And even though the 2022 tourist season is only just beginning, everything is open and ready to welcome visitors.

The first major attraction I came to was Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which at the time was gearing up for the season, and it is now open daily until November. Next was the Sandcastle Waterpark before I arrived at the South Pier.

This walk takes in two of Blackpool’s three piers, South and Centraland if you walk a little further past the Tower you can also visit the North one, too. the South Pier is home to the family funfair and arcades, while the popular Pirate’s Bay is located on Central Pierwhere youngsters can enjoy free live entertainment and adults a refreshing drink in the Terrace Bar, overlooking the beach.

The bar was blasting out pop music as I walked by, with people enjoying a drink in the sunshine in the vast outside seating area, ideal to relax on a clear, warm day.

It felt like with every few steps, there was something different to see, from colourful-fronted guest houses, flashing neon lights of restaurants and gift shops luring you in.

Despite the promenade being quite open with little cover, it was like walking through a tunnel of your favorite summer smells – candy floss, popcorn, sea salt, ice cream and chips scents constantly wafted past my nose.




I passed a jogger, with five obedient dogs trotting alongside him, several cyclists of all ages whizzed by, people on e-scooters and skateboards drifted past, blaring out music from their speakers or bopping their heads to the beats in their headphones. Young families were building sandcastles and paddling in the sea and groups of sunglasses-wearing friends in shorts and t-shirts chatted over a sandwich and it felt like a proper British summer, not early spring. It was heartening to see such a variety of walks of life making their way along the prom.

I stopped for a little break at the beach next to Central Pier where most people had congregated to enjoy the sand and views out to sea. Next The Golden Mile came into view, with the huge Coral Island pirate logo looming up ahead. This area is home to several Merlin attractions, including SEALIFE, Madam Tussauds and the latest addition, Peter Rabbit Explore and Play.

Coral Island, one of the resort’s most famous and popular games and entertainment complexes, is in the shadows of Blackpool Tower, where you can visit The Blackpool Tower Dungeon, Comedy Carpet or soak in the views from the top. The return route gives you the chance to catch anything you may have missed on the outbound and I found myself looking out to sea and letting my mind wander much more on the way back.

Of course, I did this walk alone and had the luxury of limited distractions and could stop when and where I wanted and if you are able to, I would recommend giving it a try, whether it’s taking in the sea air here, or one of Lancashire’s other fine beaches. And if this walk is too long or the weather is not as kind to you as it was to me, trams regularly run along the promenade from the Pleasure Beach all the way to Bispham.

At the end of my walk, I looked back and soaked in the distance I had traveled and how my view spanned the whole route, with the tower a familiar beacon in the distance. It was a free, healthy and easy way to spend 90 minutes with unrivaled views.

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