Fairhaven Lake is one of the most popular attractions in the Fylde district of Lancashire. The lake and its surrounding gardens boast a wide range of facilities and are also an important habitat for birds and wildlife. In 2004 the park gained its Green Flag award and has retained it ever since.
The saltwater lake is roughly half a mile long and features two large islands. Recreational facilities are concentrated on its northern shore and include motor and rowing boat hire, 14 tennis courts (7 grass and 7 hard), a skate and BMX park, crazy golf course, children’s playground, bowling greens, fitness trail, and the RSBP Ribble Discovery Centre.
The Fairhaven Lake Café is open Tuesday to Sunday throughout the year. It offers a light snacks, baked potatoes, hot meals, teas, coffees, and ice cream; all enjoyed with great views of the lake.
A well-maintained path running around the perimeter of the lake is extremely popular with dog walkers.
Fairhaven Lake enjoys an accessible location in roughly midway between Lytham and St Anne’s town centres. There is ample car parking on the roads on the west and south sides of the lake, plus a smaller car park next to the tennis courts. Owners of satellite navigation systems can use the postcode FY8 1YD.
The park is within easy walking distance of Ansdell and Fairhaven railway station. There are regular services to Blackpool, Preston, Lytham, and St Annes.
Fairhaven Lake was built at the end of the 19th century by the Fairhaven Estates Company. In 1926 Lord Ashton of Lancaster purchased the lake and gardens and gave them to the Corporation of Lytham St Anne’s.