Did you know we have lots of fantastic themed leisure routes in Sefton? Well, we do and we now want to show them off, therefore in partnership with our friends at Active Travel Sefton, and following the success of our recent Sefton Circular launch, we are now launching our ‘cycle ride of the week’ which will feature a different route each week.
These routes have been designed specifically for cyclists and progress from shorter, easier rides to longer more challenging routes but still staying away from major roads and junctions. The routes all have a theme to them, so see if you can spot the wildlife or any of our iconic and wonderful sights as you cycle along.
We will feature 10 routes in total and at the end of the 10 weeks, we will be asking you to choose what your favourite is.
Unfortunately we won’t be there to assist on these, so if you are out and about and fancy a cycle ride, choose to ride our featured route at your own convenience during the week in question.
See it as a challenge and do them all or pick and choose which ones you fancy. Each route will be announced at the beginning of the week. Why not take some photos along the way and share them with us. There may be a prize for the best ones we receive.
All routes are family friendly and will range from 3 miles to 24 miles.
Routes can be downloaded on a weekly basis, or if you are confident about doing them all – let us know and we will send out a pack containing all the routes in question. For this option, please complete the Active Travel contact form.
Individual routes can also be collected at the Eco Centre in Southport.
|Week 1 (w/c 19th June)||
Marram Cycle Route (3m / 4.8km)
The Marram cycle route is a short route taking in seaside views of the Southport coast. It passes the Queens Jubilee Nature Reserve and then heads south towards the sandhills of the Ainsdale and Birkdale Local Nature Reserve.
|Week 2 (w/c 26th June)||
Curlew Cycle Route (4.25m / 7km)
The Curlew route is a circular route and takes in the sights of the Crosby Coast. The route travels through Crosby Coastal Park with views of Wirral and North Wales coasts in addition to Antony Gormley’s Another Place statues
|Week 3 (w/c 3rd July)||To be announced|
|Week 4 (w/c 10th July)||To be announced|
|Week 5 (w/c 17th July)||To be announced|
|Week 6 (w/c 24th July)||To be announced|
|Week 7 (w/c 31th July)||To be announced|
|Week 8 (w/c 7th August)||To be announced|
|Week 9 (w/c 14th August)||To be announced|
|Week 10 (w/c 21st August)||To be announced|
|It’s Decision Time!||Please let us know your favourite by 8th September and don’t forget to send us any photos. Please use the contact form or email us at email@example.com
Don’t forget if you want to take part and don’t have your own bike, you can hire one in either Southport and Crosby.
Catch the Bus Week is a nationwide campaign aimed at driving awareness of the benefits of taking the bus. This year, the campaign runs from the 3rd to the 9th July and there will be events, ticket giveaways and other activities taking place across the country, with bus companies, local authorities and passenger groups involved.
Why is Catch the Bus Week important?
Almost 2.5 million people all over Britain travel to work by bus, and a million more use the bus as a vital back up. For many, the bus is a vital lifeline, an affordable and accessible form of transport and for all it is a great and easy way to travel.
- Travelling by bus can help reduce stress and can be good for your health - It is a third less stressful to commute by bus than car and taking the bus can help achieve half the government’s recommended 30 minutes of exercise per day
- The bus is good for the economy and helps support local communities - Bus users make 1.4 billion shopping trips and spend an estimated £27 billion on retail goods annually. Every year, those bus commuters create more than £64 billion worth of goods and services
- Buses bring people together and are vital for an inclusive society - 48% of the lowest income group do not have access to a car. Young people are more dependent on bus services than any other group - over half of 16-19 year olds are regular bus users. Concessionary travel schemes allow older and disabled people to get around - in 2013, they delivered more than 1.2 billion trips to 12 million pass holders.
- It’s greener to get about by bus - Congestion costs the UK economy at least £11 billion each year. If everyone switched just one car journey a month to bus that would be one billion fewer car journeys on our roads, and a saving of 2 million tonnes of CO2
For more information see the website www.catchthebusweek.co.uk
Our new Sefton Circular cycle route is available for download now. The route is a 24 mile long predominately off road cycle route which explores the wonderful Sefton Coast in addition to the Cheshire Lines path which links Maghull to Ainsdale.
When following this route, you will cycle through pine woods, alongside Antony Gormley’s statues, pass through Rimrose Valley, cycle alongside the Leeds Liverpool Canal and follow the line of the former Cheshire Lines railway. This enjoyable half day cycle ride is suitable for all abilities to undertake at your own pace, why not take your time and stop off for refreshments, whilst you take in what the local area has to offer.
Download it now or contact us for a copy.
Located on the Promenade side of the Premier Bowl & Laser centre (just outside the management office), the station now provides another reason to visit the area. With great shopping, restaurants and entertainment, Ocean Plaza is already worth a visit and now you have the chance to include a cycle ride as part of your day
To mark the launch of our new Sefton Circular cycle route, VISIT and our partners at Active Travel are holding a cycling day to promote the route and encourage more people to jump on their bike and explore Sefton.
The cycle ride will have three main start points to enable people to access the ride
- Formby Railway Station
- Mecycle Café, Ainsdale
- and the main focal point of the day, Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.
Ride registration will take place at 10am at each of the three start points, ride leaders will be on hand to start you off on the route, riders will then be free to cycle the route in a clockwise direction at their own pace; the theme of the day is participation, therefore we are encouraging riders to cycle the entire route, however if you only want to ride a section before returning by bike or train then the choice is yours.
Although the ride will be self-led, all riders when setting off will receive a map of the route, including turn by turn directions, there will be directional markers along the route and we will have some cycling marshals patrolling the route too.
Members of the Active Travel team will be at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre all day to hand out further information on cycling and walking in Sefton. Crosby Lakeside will act as the focal point for the day, it’s the perfect point for people to stop, take a rest, have a snack and chat to members of the Active Travel Team, before continuing on their ride.
The launch of the route coincides with ‘2017 the year of Sefton’s Coast’, a celebration campaign to recognise, promote and enjoy the superb Sefton Coastline; the Sefton Circular route takes in many miles of the coastal path, before heading inland along the Cheshire Lines towards Maghull and eventually the Leeds Liverpool canal, bringing you back to Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre via Rimrose Valley.
All riders will receive a map of the route, a bottle of water, an energy bar and medal for taking part.
If you are interested in attending on the day, registration for the ride is open NOW!
When registering, if you could provide riders name(s), postcode and preferred starting point, this would help us greatly to manage numbers on the day. Register HERE
- Sunday 21st May
- Starting venues
- Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Cambridge Rd, Waterloo, L22 1RR
- Formby Railway Station, L37 2HJ
- Mecycle Café, 59 Station Rd, Ainsdale, PR8 3HH
- Information venue – Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre
- Registration from 10am – Ride starts at 10.30am
- Route details
- Full route distance 24 miles
- 20 miles of traffic free cycling
- Flat route
- Paved/unpaved surfaces
The latest edition of Sefton’s Walking and Cycling Newsletter is out now. It's the perfect companion if you enjoy walking and cycling in Sefton. The newsletter is full of events and activities delivered through Active Cycling, Active Walks and Active Travel teams within Sefton along with information about partner organisations events and activities with a cycling and walking theme.
It's produced on a quarterly basis and is available in hard copy from Health Centres, Libraries, Community Venues and Leisure Centres. The newsletter is also available here for download now. This latest edition covers the period from April to June.
Looking for something to do over the Easter Holidays ? Fancy a bike ride but don’t have your own bike?
Southport Cycle Hire provides bikes for all the family at 3 centres in Sefton. Bikes can be hired for as little as £6.00 for up to 4 hours.
Cycle Hire is available every day at Southport Eco Centre and Crosby Lakeside and don’t forget our centre at Southport Station (reopening on Monday 10th April) which also provides a retail and maintenance service in addition to cycle hire.
Opening times vary so please see here for details of times and prices
Have a look at our newly revamped interactive map. Now with google maps as a base, this map is compatible with tablets and smart phones and will allow you to follow our walking and cycling routes easily.
Have a look and let us know what you think?
Are you looking for a new bike? Then we may have the answer, Southport Cycle Hire are now selling some of their unused Pashley Prontos.
The bikes are dark green, quality built and robust long lasting cycles, specifically designed to be low maintenance.
For details, please see the Southport Cycle Hire website
We have now received our new updated Sefton Cycle Map. Covering the whole of Sefton, the map is for everyone, whether you cycle to and from work, as a leisure activity, for a sightseeing trip or as a means of getting around day to day. The map also shows visitor attractions, local amenities, services and schools.