Built by North West Water Authority, now United Utilities, in 1981 the embankment was designed to protect Pilling and the surrounding prime agricultural land from flooding from the sea. There had been a number of serious floods in the 70s and the A588 was regularly flooded. It is now managed and maintained by the Environment Agency.
The sea embankment is part of the Lancashire Coastal Way between Silverdale and Freckleton. Further information available at: www.visitlancashire.com/things-to-do/walking-routes/coastal-walks
Public access is allowed on part of the embankment west of Lane Ends Amenity Area marked on the map above. You can not use this section between 26th December, Boxing Day and Good Friday of each year as it is closed to the public. This is to protect over-wintering birds and so as not to disturb sheep during the lambing season. Please follow the alternative route through Pilling during this period.
Dogs are NOT allowed on the embankment at any time so please use the alternative route if you have a dog with you.
There is a permitted path which allows access, at the farmer's discretion, from Broadfleet Bridge to the embankment and the following notice gives details:
The embankment in Pilling includes Lane Ends Amenity Area, where the following notice has been erected, which preserved the footpath out onto the marsh for the sole use of residents.
Lane Ends Amenity Area was created by the National Rivers Authority during the construction of the sea embankment between Fluke Hall Lane and Cockerham in 1981.
It is owned by the Environment Agency and maintained by Wyre Rangers from Wyre Council. The Amenity Area has two lakes and car parking facilities for visitors who often stay to enjoy the views of the Lune Estuary and out to the Irish Sea.
Looking across Pilling and Cockerham Sands is Cockersands Abbey founded by Hugh the Hermit choosing this lonely and often bleak spot to establish a monistic cell. A Premontratensian abbey was founded on the site in 1190, called St Mary's of the Marsh.
Lane Ends Amenity Area is used regularly to 'twitch' for the many sea birds feeding on the tides in the estuary. The site is protected as part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest and designated as a Ramsar Wetlands Area.