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Lytham St Annes
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After finding your most interesting site I thought I would provide some update to the entries for Lytham St Annes in Lancashire. You should note that all of the currently sailable ponds are in St Annes, and not in Lytham. Fairhaven Lake is between to two places.
This is a large lake which could be a national centre for model yachting,
except there are problems !
It has a café built out into the lake ( RNLI Pond 2 ), and in summer is used by pedalos. It is very weedy, and the south side ( RNLI Pond 1 ) is best. Maximum draft is about 12”
Designated as a Boating Pond, it is still in decent condition. Drained in winter, and full of children in summer. Maximum depth about 12” ( Band Stand 1 and 2 )
This is another pond which is opposite the end of Hornby Road in the Promenade Gardens in St Annes. It is about 100 feet x 30 feet, and is about 12" deep. Currently drained in the winter, and we will see if it is filled in Spring 2010. Around the pool are concrete tiers, and it is a pleasant place to be if the weather is good. ( paddling Pool 3 )
Overall, apart from Fairhaven Lake, I would suggest that serious yachters stay on the M55 and go to Fleetwood, which is a wonderful lake to sail when the weather is good !
Keith Lakin, 14th October 2009.
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Description/directions to location: Boating lake - public use of pedalos in summer. Salt water. Location - adjacent to Lifeboat Station. 200 mtrs south of St. Annes pier.
Size: Medium / Large
Listed by John Barlow
Trevor Smith tells me that at least in 2003 the 'Kiddies Boating Pool' shown in this card was still there. It is on the promenade just south of the pier (which has a car park). Google Earth shows it clearly - you can see the octagonal pagoda in the middle.
Trevor says it is a small shallow pond only suitable for 'Star' type yachts and toy boats. Nothing wrong with that!
Listed by Andy Tribble
There used to be another pool at the extreme south end of the prom, but this was filled in I think in the mid sixties. It was nominally a hire boat pool behind the sea wall, but was probably on the wrong end of a gale and is now a part of a car park.
The good news is - a couple
of years ago I had a sail on Eirias Park lake in
Colwyn Bay. Its roughly circular, don't know the depth, close to the
park and halfway up a great big hill. Vehicle entrance to the park
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Directions - From Heywood town centre head out towards Rochdale on Rochdale Road East. Turn left into Aspinall Street, just past garage on left. Go down road and turn right into mill yard. On a quiet day you can back right up to the edge of the water.
Type - Mill Pond (Lodge)
Size - Small & murky
Depth - Deep
Shoreline access - restricted
Toilets, tea and toast available in community centre just across the road on Sunday mornings
Public access - No
Local Club - Yes - Mutual Model Boat Society www.mutualmodelboatsociety.org.uk
Restrictions - No IC and not suitable for sail as the pond as all but surrounded by buildings.Club members meet on Sunday mornings - there is no access at any other time. Guests are always welcome.
Listed by Bernard Scott, 10.05.2005 [www.marine-modelling.co.uk]
Updated by Leo Goile, 15.07.2008:
Location - Town: Heywood
Trevor Smith [17.03.2006]:
A premier English pond with loads of history for model yachts. The large seafront lake has salt water pumped direct from the sea. On my only visit the Saturday was a nice steady breeze, on the Sunday a howling gale.
At the southern end of the lake there is a small pond ideal for toy yachts such as 'Stars'. Clubhouse full of wonderful photos from the golden age of model yachting when hulls were wood and sails were cotton.
Andy Tribble adds:
This looks like a purpose-built pond, public, with 100% access to the banks. In fact two ponds, one small, one large. Conditions 'bracing' ie windy, as the headland sticks out into the Irish Sea.
Although Trevor found the clubhouse, I can't find a website for the club.
There is a set of pictures of yachting at Fleetwood on www.swcp.com/usvmyg/UKTrip/fleetwood.htm which records the visit of the US Model Yacht Group.
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Listed by M Eastwood [19.08.2007]
Fleetwood Model Yacht and Power Boat Club has a RC Laser section with its own dedicated web site:
Listed by Colin Hartley, 25 May 2009
Glasson Marina has become so weed infested during the summer period that sailing is impossible so we have found a new site.
Location - County: Lancashire
Listed and updated by Colin
Lost ponds - filled in.
Lytham - near the Ribble Cruising Club has its clubhouse now.
Click HERE for aerial photograph.
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...even in its heyday it was more a small paddling pool than a boating lake. I passed the site a couple of weeks ago and sadly it has now been tarmaced over.
Colin Hartley [22.08.2006]
Anything to add or amend?