|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||13.6 miles (21.9 km)|
|Meets:||A6, B5293, A585, B5260, A588, B5268, A587, B5264, B5124, A583, A584|
|Old route now:||A6, A585, A588|
|Route outline (key)|
The route starts on the Garstang bypass, the A6, at Churchtown (although it originally started in the centre of Garstang and ran along part of what is now the A6 to get to its current eastern end). It is the back route many Fylde people use to travel towards the Lake District and is popular with the motorcycle fraternity.
From Churchtown the road travels west through low-lying rural lands and through St Michael's on Wyre where it crosses the ancient River Wyre bridge, one of only three to cross the river downstream from here for the many miles before it reaches the sea. About a third of a mile after crossing the bridge and passing the parish church (on the left) the speed limit increases from 30 to 50 mph and the S2 road continues past the Ecclestons, becoming a little twisty for a while before it joins the realigned A585 (Garstang New Road) for a mile from the Windy Harbour crossroads.
Leaving the A585 by a Shell garage at Singleton crossroads, the A586 continues its westward run, passing through the respectable suburbs of Poulton-le-Fylde (one of Lancashire few ancient market towns), and then turning a little more towards the south-west as it heads on towards Blackpool. A roundabout junction with the A587 marks the entry into the seaside town's extensive suburbs, through which our road threads its way before eventually getting lost in the town-centre one-way system and coming out onto the A584 Blackpool seafront at Talbot Square, the haunt of numerous pubs. The final section of road into Blackpool was originally the A587 before that road was rerouted to the east of town.