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.
Knott End – Over Wyre
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.
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.
The Coastguard Station overlooks the ferry slipway, and next to it is the seafront cafe.
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.
The Ferry connects Fleetwood to Knott End with a five minute ride across the River Wyre.
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 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.
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.
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.
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Links to External Websites
Lowry statue and coastguard station at Knott End slipway
Knott End and Preesall Millennium Clock at Knott End Village
Memorial stone to mark 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain