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: