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A sefton coast ramble

Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Thomas Featherstone.

10.0 mi


*** -- Walk leader will meet the group at Southport rail station -- ***

A variation of the popular 'Freshfield to Southport' walk, this linear coastal walk takes in the best parts of the Sefton Coastal path from Liverpool to Southport (in my opinion). Starting in Hightown, we will pass by the Altcar rifle range, and continue to Cabin hill nature reserve and the surrounding fields. We will then pass through the Formby red squirrel reserve and proceed through sand dunes to the beach. We will walk alongside the sea before turning inland and walk through the Ainsdale woodland reserve and finish with a walk up Shore Road to Ainsdale train station. From here, there is the option to get the train back to Southport (every 15 minutes), but for those wishing to stay on, we will get the train back to Freshfield for some drinks in The Freshfield (

Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport

We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.

09:00: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:22. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.

Suggested ticket:

Day return to Hightown (£12)

09:22: Train departs for the walk start at Hightown.

11:05: Walk starts at Hightown.

Return from Ainsdale. Every 15 minutes from Ainsdale/Freshfield (see description). From Southport: 16:20, 17:29, 18:12, 20:17, Last: 22:14

Waypoints: Altcar rifle range, Cabin Hill nature reserve, Formby red squirrel reserve, Freshfield beach, Fisherman's path, Ainsdale woodland reserve


Alight at Southport station at 10:37, where the walk leader will meet the group, and then get the 10:43 Merseyrail service to Hightown.

Toilets: There are no toilets at Hightown station or on the Merseyrail service to Hightown from Southport, please use the toilets on the Northern rail service from Manchester or in Southport station.

Parking: No car parks at Hightown station, but there are various quiet roads nearby, or parking at Southport and getting the train from there might be an option.

Please make sure to be on time for the meeting in Piccadilly station, as the train departs for the walk start at platform 14 (unless otherwise stated on the day), and this is at the very back of the station. Therefore, please allow plenty of time to get to the platform.

Although this is a beach side walk, please bring full hill walking gear with waterproofs.

1-11-2014 09:00 1-11-2014 20:00:00 Europe/London A sefton coast ramble Hightown MAD Walkers
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