The Best Kitesurfing Locations in the North West

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The Best Kitesurfing Locations in the North West

Bringing together the best places to kitesurf in the North West, we are looking at all the beaches lining the coast of Cumbria, Lancashire, Mersey and Chester for you to get exploring!


Whether you are located near Liverpool, Manchester or Blackpool, there is a perfect spot waiting for you to make the most of.


Discover where to go and the best conditions to visit these top kitesurfing locations! For those who live in the South, why not check out our top locations near Bristol and London!

St Anne’s

Where to Find It

A place we like to mention a lot, St Anne’s can be found south of Pleasure Beach in Blackpool and tends to be a popular spot for keen kitesurfers in the North West.

Why We Like It

St Anne’s is a fantastic location because it offers such a variation in kitesurfing conditions. It is greatly exposed to wind, making it a fun-filled destination where many budding kitesurfers like to hang out.


The area tends to be made up of significantly sized, calm lagoons of water which makes it a playground for attempting tricks.

Best Conditions

This location is best when the winds are westerly. Try to avoid high tide as the water hits the dunes.

Top Tip

If you want some waves, travelling further out from shore can provide you with some fun waves.

Morecambe Bay

Where to Find It

The bay is a one hour and 15-minute journey from the middle of Manchester, while it is even more accessible from areas like Bolton.

Why We Like It

Moving away from the tourist crowds in Blackpool, Morecambe Bay can offer a big playground for kitesurfers as the estuary is the largest in the North-West area.


For you to have a sense of scale, the area exists from a vast expanse of mudflats and intertidal, the biggest in the country.


Water conditions are often flat. However, the beach has been known to host some choppier seas and some clean surf!


Make sure to check the beach regulations before your visit, as you can only launch from certain areas.

Best Conditions

The beach works in all winds, from the southwest to the northeast. If you are a beginner, you may want to give this beach a miss as it is notoriously tricky, with tides reaching over 8.5m, which isn’t ideal for those unexperienced in launching and landing.

Kiteboarder in the air doing a trick in front of a sandune.

Hoylake

Where to Find It

You can locate this surf spot in the seaside town of Hoylake, near the River Dee estuary and West Kirby.

Why We Like It

This lovely stretch of sandy beach is six miles in length and offers a safe space for beginners to try their hand at kitesurfing, as well as being a fun spot for those who like to freestyle.

Best Conditions

Hoylake is best when the wind direction is anything between West/South-West to North East. The tidal scope is vast, so it is worth bearing in mind that a two-mile walk to the sea can be needed when the water is out. Consequently, we would suggest that high tide is the best time to enter the water.

Fleetwood

Where to Find It

Fleetwood is fairly close to Liverpool and can be found on the coast of Lancashire, towards the northwesr of the Flyde.

Why We Like It

Prepare yourself for one of the most favoured kitesurfing spots in the country! Fleetwood initially was a fishing port; now, it is a thriving sporting spot offering kitesurfers a multitude of styles to try, depending on the weather.


Experience the following:
Mid-to-low tide for flatter surfaces.
High tide, in conjunction with a significant wind, for those who want to hit the waves.

And the best part about this spot? It is all geared up to make sure you have a pleasant stay! With the Fleetwood Kite Club located on the beach, you can find the following:
• Changing rooms
• Lockers
• Showers
• Free overnight carpark permits

Best Conditions

The popularity of this spot is due to its versatility and can be used at any tidal condition, depending on what kind of surf you want to have.

Female kitsurfer doing an air over the sea.

Allonby Beach

Where to Find It

You can find this location in the little village of Allonby, on the north-west coast of Cumbria. It is situated between Silloth and Maryport.

Why We Like It

About five miles in size, these shallow waters are a freestyler’s dream. Waves are rare and at the most consist of a little chop.


As an Area of Outstanding Beauty, it is hardly surprising that the surrounding scenery is incredible. This spot is home to beautiful views of the Southern Scottish mountains as well as the Solway Estuary.


We would recommend that beginners try their first experience of kitesurfing at another location, as the currents here can be quite strong. Keep an eye out for lurking rocks, especially at high tide and perhaps ask a local where they are if you are unsure.

Best Conditions

Try this beach when the wind is blowing in a South-Western or Northern direction. The tide is not a decider here, so it doesn’t matter so much where the water is when having a kitesurf. However, the tidal range is broad, so expect a lengthy walk to the sea when the tide is out. Therefore, we would recommend heading in after two hours of high tide.

Earnse Bay, Walney Island

Where to Find It

Eight miles of coastline, Earnse Bay, which is also referred to as West Shore, can be found on the West side of Walney Island. Situated in the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

Why We Like It

The beach is unprotected from the power of the Irish Sea, which provides perfect wind conditions for the main winds that hit the country.


Waves tend to be small in size and slightly mushy, which is perfect for kitesurfing.
You can discover two prime spots on the island, Earnse Bay and a place called The Tip. Each location is created from a vast, shallow beach.

Best Conditions

Ideally, you want to head in the water when the sand is still visible, and kiting is at its best when the beach is 50% flooded. The tides here are big, so be aware that low tide might be quite a lengthy walk down to the sea!

Top Tip

When the tide is low, the water tends to flatten out, ready for some freestyle fun for those who love to ride in wake style.

Hopefully, we have provided you with enough beaches in the North West to get you started! To make sure you are fully prepared, check out our kitesurfing equipment from the UK for the latest kites, boards and wetsuits!