I set my phone alarm for 30 minutes and set off from home towards Blackpool to see how far I could get. Instead of nipping through a tiny gap in a hedge onto the dunes I used the proper path.
There's quite a big dune conservation project going on at the minute. I walked past the area where all the Christmas trees were planted
There were lots!
There were also two trucks going back and forth from quite far out towards a place where the sea will be if it ever comes in and dumping loads of sand onto the dunes.
By the time my alarm went off I could see the tram shed at Starr Gate, helicopters and planes from the airport were flying overhead and it felt so close to just make it to the next landmark. So I did. The sand was a lot softer from here so it took longer than expected. But I finally arrived on the prom, with just enough time to catch a peek of The Big One and a tram before I had to head off.
I walked back along the road, thinking it would be quicker. It wasn't but I was able to nosey at what is going on at the old Pontins site (what was happening was lots of men in hi-vis jackets pointing) at a few piles of bricks.
As an extra bonus I spotted some dune rabbits, of which there are many
I just about got to the charity shop in time, but I don't think anyone else appreciated my walk as I did have a bit of wet dog smell! Oh well, you live and learn.