Our Yellow Hammer leaflet is currently being updated in partnership with Gorse Hill Nature Reservie and to celebrate we will be holding a free guided walk on Sunday 4th August.
Starting at 11am from Ormskirk Train Station car park, the walk will take you through the historic market town of Ormskirk and out to the rolling countryside, with a special visit to Gorse Hill Nature Reserve.
On the day of the guided walk there are two options:
- Take the guided walk from Ormskirk Train Station out to Gorse Hill Nature Reserve. Enjoy a stop for drinks & refreshments and hear from the reserve volunteers who will give a short talk about the work of the reserve. Afterwards you can continue to walk the remainder of the Yellowhammer Route back to Ormskirk, led by the Council’s Countryside Rangers: Distance approx. 7 miles
- Take the guided walk from Ormskirk Train Station out to Gorse Hill Nature Reserve, stop for refreshments and hear from the reserve volunteers. Led by the volunteers you can take a walk around part of the nature reserve which is often closed to the public. From here you can return back to Ormskirk at your leisure. Distance approx: 5 miles.
Although there is no need to book a place to attend the walk it would be helpful for the organisers to know numbers. Please contact West Lancashire Borough Council on 01695 712645 between 9am & 5pm to let organisers know you are interested. Walkers should arrive 15 minutes before departure time, wear suitable footwear and clothing. This walk is fairly level with some gentle gradients and uneven footpaths. Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult.
For details of the walk, see here
There is something for everyone with the latest walking and cycling newsletter and its available to download now. It's the perfect companion if you enjoy walking and cycling in Sefton. The newsletter is full of events and activities delivered through the 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 also available in hard copy from Health Centres, Libraries, Community Venues and Leisure Centres. The newsletter is available here for download now. This latest edition covers the period from July to September 2019.
Alternatively contact us through our contact page and we can send you a copy.
Please note that on Monday 8th April, the Coastal Road between its junctions with Weld Road, Birkdale and Shore Road, Ainsdale will be required to close to vehicles to facilitate filming for a major production. The road will be closed from 10.00 hours until 23.59 hours for the purposes of the filming and to ensure a safe evironment.
As the Coastal Road is an important route for walkers and cyclists and the diversion route for all traffic is quite extensive, walkers and cyclists will still be able to use the cycle path adjacent to the Coastal Road during the day however they will be asked to wait until a suitable break in filming arises when they will be able to pass through.
The diversion for all vehicles will be via Weld Road, A565 Lulworth Road, A565 Waterloo Road, A565 Liverpool Road, Kenilworth Road and Shore Road and vice versa.
After a new bike? Then we may have the answer, Southport Cycle Hire are now selling some of their unused and used Pashley Prontos.
The bikes are dark green, quality built and robust long lasting cycles, specifically designed to be low maintenance. Their specification is as follows :
- Welded steel frame (large size 22" / standard 18")
- Heavy Duty 26" rear, 24" front wheels
- Sturmey Archer 3 speed rear gear hub
- Low maintenance Sturmey Archer hub brakes
- Shwalbe Marathon puncture resistant tyres
- Full length aluminium mudguards
- High comfort padded saddle
- Heavy duty forged steel cranks (170mm 42T chainring)
The unused Pashleys are £300 (rrp £600+) and the used are £100.
You are very welcome to view and test the bikes but please make an appointment first. Appointments and viewings will take place at our centre in Southport Station or alternatively if you just want an initial look, you can see the same type of bike in our cycle hire centre at the Eco Centre, Esplanade (open Mon to Sat).
All bikes will be checked and fully serviced by our qualified mechanics prior to sale.
Unfortunately no warranty can be provided with any of our cycles, which are sold as seen.
If you would like to arrange a viewing, please email Southport Cycle Hire
On Saturday 9th June, in partnership with the Eco Centre’s award winning education service and the on-site fabulous cycle hire service, World Environment Family Day took place.
It was a glorious day, celebrating all things environmental and the 10th season of Southport Cycle Hire and we could not have asked for better weather. Active Travel were also on hand offering lots of advice and information about walking and cycling.
Our legacy sculpture being designed.
As part of the day, people had the chance to contribute to the design of a legacy sculpture Made from reclaimed bike wheels which will now be on permanent display in the Eco Centre. Our wooden cycle ramp course took centre stage and we had lots of children as well as mums and dads having a go.
Dr Bike was on hand offering free health checks to anyone who brought their own bike along and Merseyside Police Safer Roads Problem Solving Team came along to showcase their Close Pass Initiative demonstrating safe passing distances for cyclists.
The event was also supported by several community groups and organisations including the soon to be new neighbours of the Eco Centre, Southport Lifeboat. Also in attendance were RSPB, local scouts groups and the Gillmoss Recycling Discovery Centre.
There were also prize draws, free eco-friendly gifts and special offers on cycle hire. If you came along, we hope you enjoyed it.
Our War Horse leaflet has recently been updated and to celebrate, we will be holding a free guided walk next Monday 7th May (bank holiday).
The walk will include a talk from local historian Andrew Beeston from Aughton & Ormskirk U3A who will be telling the story of the war horses and the contribution they made.
For details of the walk, see here
The new leaflet can be downloaded here
Please note: if you are going to try our Wetlands & Waterways Walk over the next few months, the access to and from the walk via Burscough Bridge interchange is currently closed until the 18th May. This is due to on-going works to repair an unsafe wall.
The UK’s first multi-user route is pleased to announce a new local leaflet available for Sefton and West Lancashire.
The Trans Pennine Trail, or TPT as it is more usually called, was created as an imaginative project back in 1989 through the unique partnership and enterprise of 27 northern local authorities. Starting at its most westerly terminus in Southport the Trail travels via Liverpool over 370 miles across the north of England until it reaches its most easterly points of Hull and Hornsea, including spurs to Leeds, York, Chesterfield and Kirkburton.
This well signposted route is open throughout the year and entry is entirely free to all users. Thoughtful route design means that the Trail connects with many local railway stations and bus stops permitting public transport to be used at the beginning and end of your day out on the Trail. Car parking (including horse box parking) is provided at several places where the Trail intersects roads.
The TPT Seamark feature stands proudly on the Southport promenade to entice users to start their journey eastwards or welcome those who have completed their journey westwards from Hornsea. From here the Trail into West Lancashire provides 14 ½ miles of route that welcomes all walkers and cyclists, meandering along the coastal path onto the former railway section, Cheshire Lines.
Trail users can take advantage of some wonderful facilities along the route. You are surrounded by nature in its magnificence on the trail, from the wonderful welcoming coastline to the award winning Southport Eco Visitor Centre (which also includes a cycle hire centre). There is also the Ainsdale Nature Reserve and beach, where you can join forces with the wind to enjoy a spot of kite surfing before you head off to the Cheshire Lines section in West Lancashire.
The Cheshire Lines was home to the Cheshire Lines Railway Company until 1952 and bought by West Lancashire Borough Council in 1988. This disused railway line now provides a further 5 miles of route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders alike.
TPT Chairman, Gillian Ivey, notes “We want to broaden the experience for visitors to the Trail and increase visitor-numbers, so a great way to do this is by providing local leaflets to encourage as many people as possible to get out and enjoy the Trail. We are very grateful to the Friends of the Trans Pennine Trail for funding this project.”
Pam Ashton, Chair of the Friends of the TPT said, “The main idea behind the local leaflet project was to get people to enjoy the Trail, many of whom don’t realise that this fantastic free resource is right on their doorstep. We need greater recognition of the Trail as a national recreational and sustainable transport facility and what better way is there than getting local community support.”
This route also forms part of the National Cycle Network, NCN 62.
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.
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?
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.