- The Fylde
The Fylde is a coastal
plainin western Lancashire, England. It is roughly a 13-mile (20-kilometre) square-shaped peninsula, bounded by Morecambe Bayto the north, the Ribble estuary to the south, the Irish Seato the west, and the Bowland hills to the east. The eastern boundary is approximately the location of the M6 motorway.
It is a flat,
alluvial plain; parts were once dug for peat. It is the western part of an area formerly known as Amounderness.
The name 'Fylde' (pronEng|ˈfaɪld) is of Scandinavian origin, meaning "field".
The west coast is almost entirely urban, containing the towns of
Fleetwood, Cleveleys, Blackpooland Lytham St Annes, with Thornton and Poulton-le-Fyldenot far inland. This area forms the Blackpool Urban Area. The central southern part of the Fylde includes the smaller towns of Kirkham and Wesham. The rest of the Fylde is rural, containing smaller villages such as Freckleton, Warton, Wrea Green, Great Eccleston, Hambleton, Knott Endand Pilling.
River Wyremeanders across the Fylde from Garstangon the eastern edge, westwards towards Poulton and then northwards to the sea at Fleetwood. The area north of the Wyre, known as Over Wyre, is a quieter and more remote area. The Fylde peninsula is roughly bisected north and south by the M55 motorway.
The borough of Fylde is a local government area covering the south of the Fylde plain. The rest is covered by the boroughs of Wyre and
Blackpool. The local justice areacovering all of the Fylde is called Fylde Coast.
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