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|Southport Pier, Sea Front and Marine Lake|
|Author: , Published: 20 Jan 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile walk around the Marine Lake and Gardens in Southport, taking in the Pier and Marine Bridge. The walk affords excellent coastal and town views. |
The walk is completely flat and is on tarmac paths the whole way. There are a four road crossings, two being traffic light controlled. Paid toilets are located on Promenade, or you can usually find free toilets in one of the many department stores or supermarkets located nearby.
Southport is located on the Sefton Coast and is usually accessed from the A565 (Southport New Road from the North, or Liverpool Road from the South). It is also accessible from the towns of Scarisbrick and Ormskirk, and consultation of a map is suggested if arriving from those directions. There are plenty of paid or free parking spaces in Southport, and if you leave your car on the outskirts of town you will not need to pay. To begin the walk, make your way to the statue of Queen Victoria on Nevill Street.
|Start to End of the Pier|
Start point: 53.6501 lat, -3.0065 long
The walk starts on Nevill Street, facing the statue of Queen Victoria. Notice she has got her back to the Funland Amusement Arcade. Cross the road at the crossing and head off down the pier. The pier is over 1km long. A road train and a tram run along the length of the pier.
|End of the Pier to Trans Pennine Marker|
Start point: 53.6555 lat, -3.0216 long
Once you’ve taken in the sea views and looked across towards Blackpool, return back down the pier and at the same time take in the views of Southport. Don’t forget to take note of the two bridges. The Marine Bridge close by to the left and the Lake Bridge in the distance to the right. At the end of the pier turn right down Promenade. You can see the gardens and the Lake Bridge from here. Carry on down this road until you reach Esplanade. Turn right and head towards the Funfair. On your right is a concrete shelter, which affords excellent views of the gardens and both bridges. At the next roundabout turn right onto Marine Drive. At the next roundabout turn right again and cross the road at the crossing. You will see a tall metal statue that looks a bit like a two pronged wind turbine. Head towards this.
|Trans Pennine Marker to Marine Drive Roundabout|
Start point: 53.649 lat, -3.0216 long
The statue you can see is a marker point for the start of the Trans Pennine Trail. This is a route across the country from here to the east coast at Hornsea in Yorkshire. It is 215 miles long and is popular with cyclists. Head north along the Marine Drive. Eventually you will pass under the pier. The Marine Bridge is also on your right. This area of Southport has seen lots of changes over the past 10 years, with lots of new retail outlets being built. Carry on past these and eventually you will reach the Marine Lake. The lake is on the right and can be best seen by crossing over the road to the car park. Continue down Marine Drive until you reach the end of the car park and the roundabout.
|Marine Drive Roundabout to Marine Bridge|
Start point: 53.6626 lat, -2.9994 long
At the roundabout, cross the road with care, turn right and head down Fairway. This is the area used for the Park and Ride, so may be busy during the summer months. At the end of Fairway turn right again and you are back onto Promenade. It is now a straight walk down to the Marine Bridge. There are lots of swans and ducks on the lake, and the Paddle Steamer might be out on the lake. Once you reach the bridge turn right and cross over it.
|Marine Bridge to End|
Start point: 53.6518 lat, -3.0101 long
The Marine Bridge was opened in July 2004 by the Earl and Countess of Wessex. It is made of two converging concrete pillars and is supported by suspension cables. Cross the road (with care) at the end of the bridge, return back over the bridge and bear right to your start point over near Queen Victoria.
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A really nice walk, nearly all pavements but good all the same. Plenty of places to stop for refreshments too with lots of benches if you fancy a rest.
|By jasonmjblyth on 02 Oct 2016|
We did the walk on a nice day in June, getting distracted as we went by geocaching. An enjoyable and interesting walk.
|By lesleyb21 on 13 May 2017|
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