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Lytham St Annes

Location - Town: Lytham St Annes
Location - County: Lancashire
Description/directions to location: North-West end of Fairhaven Lake (picture above from 1920s), between Lytham and St Annes. Public lake with section boomed off by the local club (B&FMBC) to keep full size boats out. Rest of lake (1 mile around) available evenings
Type: General boating lake
Size: "Average"
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Limited
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Cafe and Toilets 400 yards away from club area
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Website
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): No I/C

Google Earth Image:

 

UPDATE:

Hi there

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.

Fairhaven Lake

This is a large lake which could be a national centre for model yachting, except there are problems !
The main lake is used by dinghy sailors, and consequently there is a small area about 35 x 50 yards cordoned off at the west end for model boaters. ( Fairhaven 3 and 4 ). It could be used by yachts, but is very sheltered from the prevailing winds. Just to the east of this area looks more promising, but the lake edge all around the north shore is a concrete slope down which many visitors have slid ! ( Fairhaven 2 ) It shelves gently and launching would be a problem. The better bet is on the south side where the edge is vertical, although protected by timber and concrete edging, so again care would be needed.
In particular the bay to the east of the model boating area, is more hopeful, although as the main lake is between 3 and 4 feet deep we are looking at waders should retrieval be needed. ( Fairhaven 1 )

Lifeboat Station Pool

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

Kiddies Boating Pool - The Band Stand Pond

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 )

The Paddling Pool

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 !

Regards

Keith Lakin, 14th October 2009.

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Location - Town: Lytham St Annes
Location - County: Lancashire

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
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: 80% access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Amenities...
Restaurant overlooking the lake, toilets, public house. cinema, shops,cafes.
Pay and display car parking, 5 disabled spaces.
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: Boaters Landing Model Boat Club
Website:
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): No I/Cs, fast electrics. Not recommended when pedalos are in use.
Sailing permitted all year round.
Summer club sailing times:
Tues, Thurs, Sunday evenings,6pm. till dusk.
Winter times: Tues, Thurs, Sunday, midday till 5pm.
Anything else to add?: Visitors and new members are always very welcome.
2006 Regatta and model boat display Sunday 2nd. July.
Lifeboat open day and model display August 20th. starting 10am.

Listed by John Barlow [06.05.2006]

St Annes

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 19.11.2006

 

BLACKPOOL:

Hi
The pool shown was known as Harrowside paddling pool, and that is a REALLY ancient picture. I cant see the tram tracks which passed by on the land side, and none of the 3+ storey hotels between there and the Pleasure beach appear to have been built, so it must be a pre-WW1 picture. (Cant be too sure, I have lived many years in Blackpool, but am not a "sand grown 'un"). The pool suffered much neglect after 1976, not being a revenue earner, and received some damage in the severe gales of 1986, after which it was never re-filled. The sea wall was "enhanced" in the next few years and another amenity vanished, this time under about 10 feet of concrete. The top of the sea wall is nowhere wide enough to accommodate a pool wider than a trench.

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 car park and halfway up a great big hill. Vehicle entrance to the park from the
seafront road.

Regards
MalcolmF

05.03.2005

Location - Mutual Mills, Aspinall Street, Heywood, Lancashire.

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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]

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Updated by Leo Goile, 15.07.2008:

Location - Town: Heywood
Location - County: Lancachire
Description/directions to location: Location and Facilities
Mutual Mills, Aspinall Street, Heywood, Lancashire is just a five minute drive from the M66. From Heywood town centre, head towards Rochdale on Rochdale Road East, Aspinall Street is on the left just past the garage - look for the sign for Crimble Croft Community Centre.

Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Snorkel"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilties - please list: Tea, toast and toilets are available in Crimble Croft from approx 11:00 am. Parking is available within the grounds and, if you're early enough, almost up to the water's edge.
Open Public Access: Open access
Local model boat club: yes
Website: http://www.mutualmodelboatsociety.org.uk/
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): Mutual Mills Model Boat Society regrets to announce that 'high performance' fast electric craft can no longer be used on our water at any time. This is due to complaints about noise from local residents.

We are sorry to make this restriction but we have to protect our use of this water.
Map: http://www.mutualmodelboatsociety.org.uk/forms/index.php?forms=map
Anything else to add?: The Mutual Model Boat Society is a warm, friendly and helpful group of enthusiasts. Our aims are: - To promote all aspects of model boating and to encourage people to take up the hobby, especially the younger generation. Our members' models cover a wide range of styles from steam driven warships and launches to airscrew-driven 'fun' craft.

Sailing times
We meet every Sunday morning from 9:00 am, 52 weeks a year, to sail, chat, share ideas and information and have a 'brew' and a 'natter'. The mill is a business centre so sailing is not available at any other time. Visitors are welcome every Sunday.

The pond
Our water is a mill lodge situated in the grounds of Mutual Mills. The surroundings tend to leave sailing vessels in the 'Doldrums' but it does mean we have relatively calm water for everyone else. Unfortunately IC powered craft are not permitted.

Fleetwood

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.

Google Earth image:

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Updated:

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Location - Town: Fleetwood
Location - County: Lancashire
Description/directions to location: promenade Fleetwood
Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilties - please list: toilets,club house,small cafe!!
Open Public Access: Open access
Local model boat club: yes
Website
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): as far as i know there are no restrictions other than you need insurance to run ic and the yacht racers take priority on race days. Check the website for race dates to avoid them. Anyone can run there its free. Just be polite and if you want to run ic then saturdays is best as is wed evenings.

Listed by M Eastwood [19.08.2007]

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Updated:

Fleetwood Model Yacht and Power Boat Club has a RC Laser section with its own dedicated web site:

www.fleetwood.rclasers.com

Listed by Colin Hartley, 25 May 2009


Lancaster and Morecambe RC Lasers

Location - County: Lancashire
Description/directions to location: see website
Type: Canal
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Snorkel"
Shoreline access: 50% access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: See website
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Website: www.lancasterrclasers.bravehost.com
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): Club Sailing RC Lasers only.

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
Description/directions to location: see website
Type: Lake in holiday village
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Snorkel"
Shoreline access: 30% access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: See website
Open Public Access: No. Private holiday village. Contact Colin Hartley before attending. Contact details on website.
Website
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): Club Sailing RC Lasers only.


Listed and updated by Colin Hartley [22.08.2006]

 

Lost ponds - filled in.

Lytham - near the Ribble Cruising Club has its clubhouse now.

Hello Mark

The lake was to the west of where our Clubhouse is now and was removed a few years ago although the area showing as white in colour can still be identified.

The Building far right is the western end of the Clifton Arms Hotel at the corner of Bath Street. The next but one building (much lower) recently was done up and sold reputedly for a million pounds to Colin Hendry, former Scottish Soccer Captain and now manager of Blackpool FC.

Click HERE for aerial photograph.

Google Earth Image:

Morecambe

...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?