Knott End

Knott End

The small village of Knott End is across the estuary of the River Wyre, opposite Fleetwood

It’s also on the southern side of Morecambe Bay – but still in the administrative borough of Wyre.

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Google map of Knott End on Sea

Knott End – Over Wyre

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Knott End is the largest village in the area known as Over Wyre.

You won’t find ‘Over Wyre’ on a map. It’s the collection of rural villages which are over the other side of the River Wyre, which includes Hambleton and Preesall.

Knott End is in the Civil Parish of Preesall, the nearby village, and is served by Preesall Town Council.

An Aerial View of Knott End

Many thanks to our friend Quadographer13 for another excellent piece of aerial footage of this lovely spot –

The video starts at Cockersands Abbey which was founded before 1184. All that’s left now is the Chapter House which was added in 1230 and used as a mausoleum by the Dalton family until 1861. Just a few stones from the Abbey remain.

The quadcopter turns to show Plover Scar lighthouse in the distance, sometimes known as Abbey Lighthouse. It was built in 1847 to mark the Lune Estuary, and you can see that it stands in a beautiful landscape.

The clip travels south to Cockerham, Pilling and Preesall sands, and then on to Knott End.

Explore Knott End

The video flies over Knott End golf course, the coastguard station and ferry slipway.

Knott End Ferry on the River Wyre with Fleetwood Lower Lighthouse beyond

Then it goes on to the golden sands of the beach and the seafront salt marshes, with Knott End village behind.

You might recognise the soundtrack. It’s Ghostriders in the Sky, played by Andy J, the blind guitarist from Fleetwood who is a star at events like Tram Sunday.

Knott End in Photos

Knott End has a beautiful seafront promenade, golden sandy beaches and a natural salt marsh/seafront grassland habitat. It’s a perfect spot for walking and watching wildlife.

Knott End seafront footpath

Knott End seafront

Knott End seafront

The Coastguard Station overlooks the ferry slipway, and next to it is the seafront cafe. 

Knott End Ferry Point

Knott End cafe and coastguard building

Knott End Ferry

Fleetwood Ferry operates from its berth at the side of Fleetwood RNLI station across the River Wyre to the slipway at Knott End.

Find out more about Fleetwood Ferry here.

Knott End Ferry to Fleetwood

The Ferry connects Fleetwood to Knott End with a five minute ride across the River Wyre.

Knott End Ferry Point, cafe, RNLI and Coastguard station

If you travel to Knott End by car from the Fylde Coast you first leave the ever-busy A585 to cross Shard Bridge. Then follow winding country roads in a journey which takes about an hour from the point of the Ferry at Fleetwood.

Knott End Village

At Knott End Village you’ll find a wide range of local shops. They include food retailers, homewares, chemists, fish and chips (of course!) and more besides. 

Knott End Village

Knott End village

Knott End Village life

Knott End Library (below) is still open and will remain so for the forseeable future as it was spared the axe in the funding review of September 2016.

Knott End Library

Statue of LS Lowry

The famous Lancashire artist LS Lowry, who painted ‘matchstick men and dogs’, often visited Knott End in the 1940s and 50s. The seaside town features in a number of his paintings.

LS Lowry Statue at Knott End

His favourite spot seems to have been the top of the Ferry Slipway. He painted several depictions of people scurrying along here, in his recognisable style.

It’s fitting then that this is the position chosen in 2015 for the statue (above) which was unveiled to celebrate the connection.

The Name ‘Knott End’

There are three good theories as to how Knott End got its name.

1. The ‘Knot’ is a seabird which can be seen flying in large flocks on local sands of the Fylde Coast. They swoop and dive in a similar way to a murmuration of starlings. They appear to float like a cloud above the edge of the beach.

2. Knott End has Norse roots, with occupation of this general area known to date back to the early Bronze Age. One theory is that when these early Norse seafarers entered the dangerous Wyre Estuary they used knotted ropes to aid their navigation, with the knots marking the distance, and Knott End was at the end of the rope.

3. The third theory believes that there were two large mounds of stones or ‘knotts’ that lay out in the bed of the river, until they were displaced in the building of the entrance to the Wyre Dock.

Find out More

Knott End – Fleetwood Ferry

Knott End Library

Links to External Websites

Over Wyre and Knott End, History and Topography

Preesall Town Council website

Knott End Coastguard Rescue Team Facebook page

Knott End and Preesall – a little bit of history Facebook page

Lowry statue and coastguard station at Knott End slipwayLowry statue and coastguard station at Knott End slipway

Knott End and Preesall Millennium Clock at Knott End VillageKnott End and Preesall Millennium Clock at Knott End Village

Knott End Memorial StoneMemorial stone to mark 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

  1. Knott End – was going to be called St Bernards on sea … they decided not. In the delightful little book ‘The Lancashire Coastal Way And The Wyre Way’, by Ian & Krysia Brodie, we are enlightened about the possible meaning of Knott End: “The large sandbank off Knott End is called Bernard’s Wharf – reputedly after St Bernard. Many small birds, including knot and dunlin, feed here in the nutrient-rich mud. One story says Knott End derives from these birds, another that the Norse marked the channel of the Wyre with a chain of knots or cairns, the final one being the Knott End!” There is a church named for St Bernard on Hackensall Road.

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