Activity: Illuminations Stride Out

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Explorer WALX

Price: £5.00

  • Distance: 6 Miles
  • Date: Wed 13th December
  • Time: 7:15 PM - 10:15 PM
  • Location Name: Blackpool South Shore
  • Address: Starr Gate, Blackpool FY4 1RU, United Kingdom
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Main Instructor:

Tony Dunne

Hosted By:

Tony Dunne

Walk Description:

Join us for a Blackpool Illuminations special.

Walk the lights top to bottom after a tram ride from south to north.


Have you seen them? The sort of spectacle that everyone should see at least once, Blackpool Illuminations enthral millions of visitors every year. The greatest free light show on earth has been a major part of Blackpool’s attraction since 1879 when they were described as ‘Artificial Sunshine’.

They are 6.2 miles (10 km) long and use over one million bulbs. The display stretches along the Promenade from Starr Gate at the south end of the town to Bispham in the north.


Travel by car or train to Squires Gate. Free parking available on Squires Gate Lane or Clifton Drive North. 

The tram to Bispham from Starr Gate takes approx 29 minutes.

Please aim to arrive in time to set off walking from the Bispham end by 19:15. Call Matt (07530 813225) if you will be late and we will arrange a rendevous point.


We shall walk along the route of the Illuminations past the Piers and the Tower back towards Starr Gate.

At any point you can opt to jump on a tram to complete your journey (obvs telling us before you do).

Some attendees will be dining out at Bispham Cafe before the walk commences. Arrive in plenty of time to order and eat if you fancy doing that.


It is essential to register and book in advance online.


It is advisable to wear a bum bag with a water bottle or hydration pack. Do bring a high energy snack to have on the hoof or as soon as we finish. Wear comfortable clothing that suitable for the weather. Do wear sturdy grippy shoes.

We respect people`s busy agendas and do like to start promptly. Please arrive 5 minutes early for your class and be ready to start on time.


Walk speed guide:

Gentle stroll - Gear 1 - Nice pace that you can do for extended periods. 2-2.5mph (these generally are our Wellness walks)   Easy walk - Gear 2 - Faster pace gained through technique. Expect Gear 2 at times throughout the walk with occasional photo stops. 2.5mph (Most of our 1-hour Explorer walks)   Moderate walk - Gear 2/3 - Faster again using technique and with less recovery. Very little stopping. 2.5mph-3mph+ (these are generally Total Body Walx, but also explore this pace on our Explorer and Adventure walks)   Strenuous walk - gear 3/4  (these are generally Total Body Walx, but also explore this pace on our Explorer and Adventure walks).

You are asked to contact your WALX Guide by phone, leaving a voicemail or sending an sms text to the number listed below, if you are likely to be delayed as we do start classes promptly.

Whilst we do understand that sometimes it is not possible to make a class, please be aware that we do operate a no refund policy if you give us less than 2 hours’ notice.

All activities are undertaken at your own risk. We cannot be held responsible for any injuries or accidents incurred. We undertake to deliver all classes with qualified staff and have made every effort to risk assess all WALX. On occasions it is necessary to make dynamic risk assessment decisions when there is a localised incident such as trees fallen en route, flooding, traffic changes, etc.

Please ensure your PARQ is up to date and notify us in writing if you have any change to your medical records, or physical or mental wellbeing. This should include any surgery, falls, knocks, or accidents. Thank you.

Contact details (only contact to notify if late or cancelling)

Matt 07530 813225



Location Notes:

Meeting point at south end of Starr Gate tram depot, a short walk from Squires Gate train station