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34 km / 21 miles
From the northern outskirts of Liverpool this route through dunes, marshes and the towns of Southport and Crosby passes the Ainsdale Nature and Formby National Trust Reserves.

Sefton's Natural Coast, as it is now known, is the largest undeveloped dune system in England, extending from Southport and the Ribble Estuary to Seaforth at the mouth of the River Mersey.

There is a variety of landscapes and wildlife with sandy beaches, coastal marshes, pine woodlands, heathery heathland and tidal estuaries that provide views across the Irish Sea to North Wales, Snowdonia and the Lake District on a clear day.

The Sefton Coastal Path can be walked throughout and parts are cycle-friendly. It could be completed over a weekend based in Southport, or using the train that runs parallel with the coast it can be broken up into individual short walks. South of Southport part of the route coincides with the Trans Pennine Trail.


Waymark: Natterjack toad logo
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Natterjack toad logo
Attributes: Easy
Cycle Route
Start: SJ321981 - Waterloo Station, Merseyside View on StreetMap
Finish: SD374205 - Crossens, Merseyside View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Visit Southport - Sefton Coastal Path

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External download Sefton Coastal Path  (Sefton Council  - 2016 ) Download


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Paths Marked on OS mapping

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 102, 108
OS Landranger Active 102, 108
OS Explorer 266, 275, 285
OS Explorer Active 266, 275, 285

Connected Paths:

Paths Marked on OS mapping


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Route Profile:

35.2 km (21.9 miles)
184 m (604 ft) ascent
32 m (105 ft)  maximum height

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