|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Preesall (E) (SD377471)|
|To:||Knott End (SD346485)|
|Distance:||2.3 miles (3.7 km)|
|Meets:||A588, B5377, Pier|
|Route outline (key)|
The B5270 is a short link road on the Fylde.
The road starts at a triangular junction on the A588 and heads west into Preesall, although the route bypasses the centre of the village. The road becomes more and more built up and soon the B5377 is met, coming in from the left.
Preesall merges seamlessly into Knott End (which has acquired the tag "on Sea" in the last 50 years, although it is not a typical "seaside place"), and the B5270 zigzags through the village to run along the Esplanade. At its western end it leaves the seafront for its final hundred or so yards, skirting the south side of the Bourne Arms, before terminating at the start of a slipway from which a foot-passenger ferry service operates across the River Wyre to the adjacent town of Fleetwood. From Knott End to Fleetwood by road – via the A588, Shard Bridge, and the A585 – is a journey of well over 10 miles.
Immediately south of the slipway stood Knott End railway station (closed to passengers in 1930; goods services withdrawn in 1950), terminus of the Garstang and Knot-End Railway [sic], which was authorized in 1864 but took until 1908 to be completed all the way to Knott End! A café, shop, and flats today occupy the almost entirely reconstructed station building, while the site of the station yard is now a free car park for users of the ferry service.