GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Southport Walks

11 miles (17 km)

The seaside town of Southport has some lovely coastal trails to try. This walk uses the Sefton Coastal Footpath and the Trans Pennine Trail to take you to some of the beautiful local nature reserves. The walk starts on the promenade next to the large marine lake. Head south along the front, passing the noteworthy pier, which is the the second longest seaside pleasurepierin theBritish Isles.
You continue past the famous Royal Birkdale golf club, which has hosted theOpen Championshipon numerous occasions. Shortly after you come to the Ainsdale Sands National Nature Reserve. There's a wonderful sand dune system here with Natterjack Toads to look out for on the way through. Look out for flora including Early-marsh Orchid, Marsh Helleborine and Grass of Parnassus.
The route continues to Formby Beach where there are some huge dunes to climb. From the high points there's wonderful views towards Liverpool and the Welsh Mountains. There's also a woodland area where you can look out for red squirrels.
After exploring the reserve the route turns inland to pass through the town of Formby and finish at the train station. Here you can catch a train directly back to Southport.
The town is located on the Ribble Estuary which is a great place for birdwatching. Our Ribble Estuary Walk takes place in the town of Lytham on the other side of the water. There's nice views over the estuary back to Southport from here.
The Marton Mere and Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserves are very near the town too. They both offer lovely nature trails with wonderful wildlife spotting opportunities.

Southport OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Southport Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head a few miles inland and you could visit nearby Ormskirk. The market town is well worthy of a visit with pleasant conservation areas, a regular market, three local parks and a church which dates back to the 15th century.
To the north east is Hesketh Bank where you can explore the RSPB's Hesketh Out MarshesNature Reserve. The reserve is a great place for bird spotting on the Ribble Estuary.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Merseyside Walks page.


The Marine Lake on a windy day - - 199790

The Marine Lake on a windy day

Ainsdale dunes and the velvet trail - - 874161

Ainsdale dunes and the velvet trail

Ainsdale beach car park entrance - - 1464943

Ainsdale beach car park entrance

Nature reserve, Ainsdale - - 331012

Nature reserve, Ainsdale

Dune Flora and Fauna at Ainsdale - - 205082

Dune Flora and Fauna at Ainsdale

Dry Dune Slack - - 205055

Dry Dune Slack

Foredunes at Formby - - 205138

Foredunes at Formby

The Fisherman's Path - - 205026

The Fisherman's Path

GPS Files

GPX File

Southport.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Southport.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)