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Walking & Cycling

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Southport lies on the Sefton coast which is nestled within plenty of nature reserves and natural dunes, you can travel around Southport and the surrounding area by bike or by foot, following one of the many walking and cycling routes.

Feel everything melting away as you embrace the big outdoors. Breathe in the sea air by walking from the Pier and through Southport's parks. Along the way you can learn the history of Churchtown and walk through the stunning Hesketh Park and Botanic Gardens.

Delve deeper into the coast, walking the 22 miles of landscape along the Sefton Coastal Path. A mixture of wildlife, sandy beaches and coastal marshes means you can be sure to find something different every time. And you can breakdown into smaller walks so if you have the kids with you the walks can be shortened to suit their little legs.

The Trans Pennine Trail starts on Marine Drive at the seamark feature; it meanders along the Sefton Coastal Path and runs between Southport and Hornsea. The trail is 215 miles long with the Southport to Aintree section being 14.5 miles long and is ideal for both walkers and cyclists.

The whole of Sefton can be discovered through a number of walking routes which include Freshield and Formby, Lydiate, Ince Blundell, Sefton Village.

If you prefer hopping on your bike you there are plenty of different cycle routes with varying difficulty ratings and distances. Each route is themed so you can expect to see different things such as the Natterjack Toad, asparagus, butterflies, swans and the famous Red Squirrel at Formby.

If you don’t want to travel with your bikes, you can hire them at both the Eco Visitor Centre and Southport Train Station.

Once you have explored the area and have built up an appetite, fill your boots at one of the many restaurants in Southport or take the family for the perfect seaside treat, ice cream – well deserved after all that walking and cycling!

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  1. Swan Cycle Route

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    Swan Cycle Route

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    Cycle Route

    Southport

    This circular route takes in the sights and sounds of Southport’s many famous landmarks.

    You will pass Victoria Park, home of the renowned Southport Flower show every August, and along the picturesque boulevard of Lord Street with its Victorian...

  2. Asparagus Cycle Route

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    Asparagus Cycle Route

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    Cycle Route

    Formby

    This circular route, from Formby Train Station passes through Formby village, the National Trust site along the picturesque Formby coast famous for its Red Squirrels and Asparagus fields.

    Asparagus has been grown here possibly since the 1600’s...

  3. Natterjack Cycle Route

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    Natterjack Cycle Route

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    Cycle Route

    Southport

    This ride begins on the old Cheshire Lines Railway and follows a circular route through Ainsdale, Birkdale and Southport Town centre.

    You will pass Birkdale Nature Reserve, the home of the rare Natterjack Toad and Sand Lizard, Birkdale Sands,...

  4. Curlew Cycle Route

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    Curlew Cycle Route

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    Cycle Route

    Crosby

    This circular route begins at the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre and will take in the sights of the Crosby Coast.

    You will pass through the Crosby Coastal Park with views of Wirral and North Wales coasts and Antony Gormley’s 'Another Place'...

  5. Butterfly Cycle Route

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    Butterfly Cycle Route

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    Cycle Route

    Formby

    This circular route, from Freshfield Railway Station, goes along the north of Formby and then passes through or near several Nature Reserves.

    You will pass through the home of butterflies, sand lizards and natterjack toads at the Ainsdale Sand...

  6. Mallard Cycle Route

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    Mallard Cycle Route

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    Cycle Route

    Southport

    This circular route boasts spectacular panoramic views that include North Wales and the Lake District.

    You will pass the Marine Lake and Bird Reserve at Marshside, a popular nesting spot for many birds including avocets and lapwings.

    You...

  7. Lapwing Cycle Route

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    Lapwing Cycle Route

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    Cycle Route

    Ormskirk

    This circular route will take you through a wildlife rich area in the heart of agricultural West Lancashire.

    Starting at Burscough Wharf the route goes through the north of Burscough and then passes through or near several nature reserves.

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  8. Kestrel Cycle Route

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    Kestrel Cycle Route

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    Cycle Route

    Southport

    Along this route you will enjoy the resorts varied urban landscapes and the newly developed community woodland.

    You will pass through King’s Gardens, Portland Street playing fields and then Newlands, the Community Woodland.

    This is home to...

  9. Shrimp Cycle Route

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    Shrimp Cycle Route

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    Cycle Route

    Southport

    This is an ideal route to enjoy some of Southport’s best landmarks and it is clearly signed in both directions.

    Along the sea front you will have views out to the Irish Sea and pass a variety of interesting sculptures including the Trans...

  10. Squirrel Cycle Route

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    Squirrel Cycle Route

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    Cycle Route

    Southport

    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...

  11. Marram Cycle Route

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    Marram Cycle Route

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    Southport

    This short route is a relaxing cycle ride that takes in areas of outstanding natural beauty and offers great seaside views of the Southport coast.

    You will cycle past Queen’s Jubilee Nature Reserve and Victoria Park, home to Southport’s Flower...

  12. St Catherine's Chapel

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    The Lydiate Loop

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    Walking Route

    Lydiate

    This 9.6 km walk takes in Lydiate Hall, St Catherines Chapel, Shakespeares plays, The Scotch Piper (reputedly Lancashire's Oldest Pub) and the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.

  13. Well Blundell Arms

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    Around and about Ince Blundell

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    Walking Route

    Liverpool

    Walking route in and around Ince Blundell, a rural parish close to the floodplain of what was once the tidal River Alt and the surrounding low-lying land is often flooded in winter by the River Alt.

  14. Punch Bowl and St. Helens Church

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    Sefton Village and the Meadows Walk

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    Walking Route

    Sefton Village, Liverpool

    The circular walk of some four km (2.5 miles) starts at the Punch Bowl Inn, with its excellent food, drink and toilet facilities at the very centre of historic Sefton village, and is generally level throughout.

  15. Bootle Arms Pub

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    Meanders Around Melling

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    Walking Route

    Maghull, Liverpool

    A 7.5km walk with key points including Melling Village, Church of St. Thomas, Bootle Arms Pub and Leeds-Liverpool Canal.

  16. Formby Dunes

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    Formby Walks

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    Walking Route

    Formby, Liverpool

    Two walking routes around Formby Village, Railway In Pub and Freshfiedls.

  17. Southport Pier

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    Southport Seaside Stroll

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    Walking Route

    Southport

    This short walk (2 miles) takes in some of the main landmarks and attractions and starts and finishes at the Tourist Information Centre at the Lord Street/Eastbank Street junction, near the Library and Town Hall.

  18. Near Cheshire Lines Path

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    Cheshire Lines Path

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    Walking Route

    Southport

    Starting at the Trans Pennine Trail Seamark on Southport’s Promenade, this 23.2 km walk follows the trackbed of the former Cheshire Lines Railway.

  19. Formby dunes

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    The Sefton Coastal Path

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    Walking Route

    Southport

    The Sefton Coastal Path is a stimulating journey through a wonderful variety of landscapes with a rich biodiversity of wildlife and a fascinating history.

  20. Sefton Church

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    Thornton & Little Crosby Walk

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    Walking Route

    Thornton

    6.4km walk through Thornton and Little Crosby with key points including Thornton Village, Ince Blundell Park, Crosby Hall and The Courtyard Tea Rooms.