GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Sefton Coastal Path

21 miles (34 km)

This wonderful walk takes you from Crosby to Southport along the beautiful Sefton coastline.
The walk starts at Waterloo station in Crosby and heads to the coast via Crosby Marine Lake. You then head north to Hightown through the Dunes, passing the fascinating Another Place Sculptures on Crosby Beach. The Anthony Gormley piece was created in 1997, consisting of 100cast ironfigures facing towards the sea. The figures are modelled on the artist's own naked body which has caused some controversy. As the tides ebb and flow, the figures are revealed and submerged by the sea.
The next section takes you to Formby where you will enter the captivating Ainsdale National Nature Reserve and Formby Beach. This is a well known spot for spotting the Natterjack Toad in the fabulous scenery of dunes, pinewoods and golden sand. Also look out for Red Squirrels, sand lizards and great-crested newts on this fantastic section of the walk.
The final section of the walk takes you past Royal Birkdale Golf course (home of the Open) and onto the lovely seaside town of Southport with its magnificent pier. The path comes to end shortly after at Crossens.

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Sefton Coastal Footpath OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Sefton Coastal Footpath Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Pinewoods pub is located just to the east of the woods at the National Trust's Formby. They do good food and have a decent selection of ales. You can find them at Wicks Green with a postcode of L37 1PR for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

At the end of the route near Southport you can visit the Marton Mere and Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserves. They both have nice surfaced footpaths with lots of wildlife to see. You can link up with the epic Trans Pennine Trail here as well.
At the other end of the route in Crosby you can visit the lovely Rimrose Valley Country Park. The park sits by the side of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and includes the delightful Brookvale Local Nature Reserve.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Merseyside Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Crosby Channel from Sefton Coast Path - geograph.org.uk - 747892

Crosby Channel from Sefton Coast Path. View of Spit leading into Channel and Marker Post

Crosby Beach (5482)

Crosby Beach - 'Another Place'. Here you will pass 100 male statues by Antony Gormley made from cast iron, stretching for 1.5 mi. along the estuary.

Sefton coastal path - geograph.org.uk - 873663

Ainsdale. Looking north, across one of the damp depressions in the dunes.

Walking to the beach, Formby - geograph.org.uk - 420392

Walking to the beach. The walkers are near the edge of the dunes, which here is at the high tide mark. This photo is taken at low tide with the sea 400 metres down the beach. The track leads from the large National Trust car park to the beach.

Ainsdale dunes and the velvet trail - geograph.org.uk - 874161

Ainsdale dunes and the velvet trail. The 'green beach' is visible in front of the dunes. up until a few years ago cars were allowed to drive along the beach. Since this has been stopped a 'green beach has formed as vegetation has started to form embryo dunes and brackish pools at the front of the dunes.

Southport Pier - geograph.org.uk - 63701

Southport Pier. Opened in August 1860, it is the oldest iron pier in the country. Its length of 1,108 m makes it the second-longest in Great Britain, after Southend Pier.

GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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