Kitesurfing on the West Coast of England

For the purpose of this guide, we’ve classed the West Coast of England as starting in Merseyside, heading North, all the way up to Scottish Border, in Northern Cumbria.

The West Coast features some terrific kitesurfing venues, varying from the city of Liverpool, through the archetypal seaside town of Blackpool, to the seaside towns and villages of the Western Lake District.

Climate

Western areas of the UK tend to be wetter and milder than the East. They also experience a smaller variation in both daily and seasonal temperatures. The UK’s weather is strongly influenced by its latitude (Southern areas are generally warmer than those in the North) and the Atlantic Ocean. The West Coast is affected more by the weather systems coming off the Atlantic than the East.

Wind Conditions

The West Coast tends to be more windy than the West Coast, and the prevailing winds for the UK tend to be South Westerly. This means that most West Coast kite venues are consistently windy.

Our Favourite Kitesurfing Spots on the West Coast of England

We’re fairly regular visitors to Lytham St. Anne’s and Starr Gate in Blackpool, but other than that we’ve tended to keep heading west into North Wales.

Tell us which your favourite spots on the West Coast are, and why, and we’ll post your comments up here.

Our full list of guides for the West Coast is below (or you can use the map at the top of the page):

Earnse Bay, Walney Island

Earnse Bay, Walney Island

Earnse Bay features a large, shallow, uncrowded, sandy beach. As the tide goes out expect some flat water lagoons for freestyle/wakestyle fun.

Hoylake

Hoylake

With free on-street parking, strong winds and flat water lagoons, St Anne’s —situated in the district of Lytham in Blackpool —is a stellar kitesurfing spot.

Allonby Beach

Allonby Beach

With shallow waters, an open bay and the beach stretching for around 5 miles Allonby it is a popular spot for kitesurfing. Expect mostly flat water and chop, perfect for freestyle kitesurfing.

Starr Gate, Blackpool

Starr Gate is just a few hundred metres from Blackpool Pleasure Beach. But don’t let that put you off, Stare Gate is a pretty cool kite beach with a big kitesurfing scene.

St Anne’s, Blackpool

St Anne’s, Blackpool

With free on-street parking, strong winds and flat water lagoons, St Anne’s —situated in the district of Lytham in Blackpool —is a stellar kitesurfing spot.

Marine Beach, Fleetwood

Marine Beach, Fleetwood

Originally a busy fishing port, Fleetwood is now a relatively quiet seaside resort. Marine beach boasts a large range of ideal conditions for kitesurfing.

Morecambe Bay

Morecambe Bay

Morecambe is your archetypal seaside town, though its location with views of the nearby Lakeland mountains set it apart as a beautiful spot to kitesurf.