Welcome to the Itinerary Planner. Use this tool to build your own journey or choose from an exciting range of specially selected tours.

To build your own Itinerary, click Add to Excursion to add an item to your Itinerary basket.

Sign Up & Request

Squirrel Cycle Route

Eco Visitor Centre, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1RX

Add Squirrel Cycle Route to your Itinerary

Squirrel Cycle Route


This linear route links Southport to Formby and passes several Nature Reserves.

You will travel along the line of the old Cheshire Lines Railway, passing the Queens Jubilee Nature Trail, Birkdale Nature Reserve, the Sands Lake Nature Trail and Pontins Holiday Park.

You then pass through Ainsdale Sand Dunes Nature Reserve, the home of the sand lizards and natterjack toads, before reaching Formby Golf Club and Freshfield Dune Heath Nature Reserve.

You will also pass RAF Woodvale before reaching the end of the route at the entrance of the National Trust site, famous for its Red Squirrel population.

  1. Turn right from the Eco Centre car park and head down Esplanade. Go straight on at the roundabout and join the cycle track at the side of the Coastal Road.
  2. Continue along the track, passing Birkdale Sands Local Nature Reserve, up to the next roundabout.
  3. Go straight across the roundabout where you pass the Coronation Flight sculpture. Built to commemorate the Ainsdale to America flight in 1937 which was to transport newsreel of the Coronation of King George VI to America.
  4. Continue along the track until you reach the bridge over the rail line. Just before the bridge join the stone track to the left and follow it round to the right. Passing under the bridge and entering Ainsdale Sand Dunes Nature Reserve.
  5. Follow the main track through the reserve until you reach Fishermans Path. To the right this path leads to the beach but it is not suitable for cycling.
  6. Turn left and follow the path through Formby Golf Club, this section must be walked.
  7. Cross the railway level crossing and turn right, passing the edge of RAF Woodvale, the Lancashire Wildlife Trust site and the Freshfield Dune Heath Nature Reserve.
  8. Go through the gate at the end of the track onto Montagu Road. Continue to the end of the road before turning right onto Victoria Road, passing Freshfield Train Station.
  9. Follow Victoria Road until you reach the entrance to the National Trust Site, home to a Red Squirrel colony. The route ends here, retrace your steps to return back to Southport or alternatively you can return by train. They run every 15 minutes from Freshfield Station and there is no additional charge for taking a bike on Merseyrail trains.


  • Easy / moderate
  • Mostly off road
  • Distance 7.5 miles
  • Time 50-60 mins

Bikes can be hired from Southport Train Sation or the Eco Visitor Centre


Map & Directions

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)

What's Nearby

  1. Victoria Park

    Victoria Park

    In Southport’s town centre is Victoria Park, home to the famous Southport Flower Show and…

    0.02 miles away
  2. Big wheel at sunset

    Big Wheel Southport

    Situated on the shoreline of Marine Lake next to and outside of the Southport…

    0.16 miles away
  3. Viking themed adventure golf

    Viking Golf

    Prepare to be transported to another world, another time. A time when Vikings roamed our…

    0.16 miles away
  1. Miniature railway train carriage

    Lakeside Miniature Railway

    The oldest continuously running 15-inch gauge railway in the world! Enjoy a trip on this…

    0.16 miles away
  2. Splash World

    Splash World

    Planning a splash-tastic time at Southport's Splash World?...If so, you have come to the…

    0.17 miles away
  3. Queen's Jubilee Nature Trail

    Queen's Jubilee Nature Trail

    The Queens Jubilee Nature Trail is a wildlife haven in Southport. The site lies close to…

    0.18 miles away
  4. cycle hire

    Southport Eco Centre

    Why not explore Southport by bike - the ideal, cost effective and environmentally…

    0.19 miles away
  5. Caterpillar coaster

    Southport Pleasureland

    Pleasureland is Southport's premier attraction for families looking for a wonderful place…

    0.21 miles away
  6. Rotten Row

    Rotten Row

    The name ‘Rotten Row’ is traceable to the mid-nineteenth century. It certainly derives…

    0.26 miles away
  7. Trans Pennine Trail

    Trans Pennine Trail

    Parts of the trail that can be found in Sefton are the Liverpool Loop Line and Cheshire…

    0.28 miles away
  8. Model Yacht Pond

    Model Boating Lake

    Great sailing pond with a member's car park and toilet facility.

    0.36 miles away
  9. Crazy Golf

    Crazy Golf

    Fancy a laugh? Why not play a game of crazy golf in Southport's Kings Gardens.

    0.4 miles away
  10. Model Railway Village

    Model Railway Village

    This Southport attraction is ideal for kids who love trains, many spend all day watching…

    0.46 miles away
  11. Ocean Plaza

    Ocean Plaza

    Situated by the picturesque seafront in Southport, visitors can shop, eat and play in one…

    0.48 miles away
  12. Marine Lake Cafe

    King's Gardens

    King's Gardens is a 17 acre garden located in the centre of Southport Town Centre, on the…

    0.51 miles away
  13. Southport Beach

    Southport Beach

    Southport beach is the ideal antidote to the hustle and bustle of the town centre, wide…

    0.51 miles away
Previous Next

Search What's Nearby

Product Type
Within miles