Tuesday 21st Jan


Walk leader: Wendy H

Number on walk: 19 +3 dogs

Distance: 10.8miles

Weather: overcast/ drizzle and sea mist.


Setting off from the park and ride centre along Marine Drive we made our way to the Grade 2 listed Southport Pleasure Pier. Built in the 1860’s and measuring over 1100 metres long, the pier in its heyday attracted both steam liners and the world famous, Charlie Chaplin. Today, (when the weather permits) it affords the pedestrian an amazing view out across the Irish Sea and along the beautiful Lancashire coast.

Having walked its length, we picked up the coastal path and made our way onto the Birkdale sand hills. This meandering path allowed us the opportunity of getting away from the busy road and to snatch tantalising glances of the prestigious Royal Birkdale Golf Club. We then headed onto Ainsdale and the RAF Woodvale Aerodrome. John Titterington and John from Lytham (apologies for not knowing your surname) told us some fascinating information as to how this airbase played a significant role in the protection of Liverpool during the 2nd world war.

Taking lunch amongst the pine trees we then traced another meandering path amongst the sand dunes until we reached the North Dune path. After scrambling up a high dune we were rewarded with the wonderful sights of Ainsdale beach and the Sea. Strolling along the beach, we made our way towards Fisherman’s Path which we followed inland and across Formby Golf Club and onto Freshfield Station. After a 10 minute wait, we hopped aboard the train and back into Southport and our awaiting cars.

Thank you to everyone who made it such a wonderful day and in particular to Neil and Janet for taking some great photos and to the ‘Johns’ who contributed such invaluable information along the way.

Photos can be seen 'here' and 'here'