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The Fylde


The Fylde is a coastal plain in western Lancashiremarker, Englandmarker. It is roughly a 13-mile (20-kilometre) square-shaped peninsula, bounded by Morecambe Baymarker to the north, the Ribblemarker estuary to the south, the Irish Seamarker to the west, and the Bowland hills to the east. The eastern boundary is approximately the location of the M6 motorway.

It is a flat, alluvial plain; parts were once dug for peat, and it is the western part of an area formerly known as Amoundernessmarker. The name 'Fylde' ( ) is of Scandinavian origin, meaning "field".

The west coast is almost entirely urban, containing the towns of Fleetwoodmarker, Cleveleysmarker, Blackpoolmarker and Lytham St Annesmarker, with Thorntonmarker and Poulton-le-Fyldemarker not far inland. This area forms the Blackpool Urban Areamarker. The central southern part of the Fylde includes the smaller towns of Kirkhammarker and Weshammarker. The rest of the Fylde is rural, containing villages such as Freckletonmarker, Wartonmarker, Wrea Greenmarker, Great Ecclestonmarker, Hambletonmarker, Knott Endmarker and Pillingmarker.

The River Wyremarker meanders across the Fylde from Garstangmarker on the eastern edge, westwards towards Poultonmarker and then northwards to the sea at Fleetwoodmarker. The area north and east of the tidal Wyre, known as Over Wyremarker, is the more rural side of the river. The Fylde peninsula is roughly trisected by the M55 motorway and A586 road.

The borough of Fyldemarker is a local government area covering the south of the Fylde plain. The rest is covered by the boroughs of Wyremarker and Blackpoolmarker respectively. The local justice area covering all of the Fylde is called Fylde Coast.

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