Freckelton is a small local boat yard, but in my opinion has a few issues 1) the access road is very narrow and bumpy 2) the creek is narrow and not easy to follow.
The Ribble is a good place to have a play doesn’t really matter on the weather. We have always sailed on it and keep our boats at Douglas Marine (Hesketh Bank) at the moment.
The scar at Lytham is a bit funny for launching off, I believe you need a permit to go on the beach now (but guessing not everyone will have one that uses it) and its quite flat (so but we was looking to put our P22 in there so needed a bit of water to get it off the trailer), the cockle pickers seem to be using it a lot at the moment.
The only issue we have with the Ribble at the moment is that since the cockle pickers have arrived we are finding empty cockle bags floating everywhere, in the last few weeks we have had about 5 or 6 wrapped round the prop on Old Spice