Did you know we have lots of fantastic themed leisure routes in Sefton?  Well, we do and we now want to show them off, therefore in partnership with our friends at VISIT Sefton and West Lancs, and following the success of our recent Sefton Circular launch, we are now launching our ‘cycle ride of the week’  which will feature a different route each week.

These routes have been designed specifically for cyclists and progress from shorter, easier rides to longer more challenging routes but still staying away from major roads and junctions. The routes all have a theme to them, so see if you can spot the wildlife or any of our iconic and wonderful sights as you cycle along.

We will feature 10 routes in total and at the end of the 10 weeks, we will be asking you to choose what your favourite is.

Unfortunately we won’t be there to assist on these, so if you are out and about and fancy a cycle ride, choose to ride our featured route at your own convenience during the week in question.

See it as a challenge and do them all or pick and choose which ones you fancy.  Each route will be announced at the beginning of the week.  Why not take some photos along the way and share them with us.  There may be a prize for the best ones we receive.

All routes are family friendly and will range from 3 miles to 24 miles.

Routes can be downloaded on a weekly basis, or if you are confident about doing them all  – let us know and we will send out a pack containing all the routes* in question.  For this option, please complete our contact form.

*Please note if you have already requested the pack, there have now been some changes to the group of rides due to the closure of Fisherman’s Path.  Please contact us if you require the new routes.

Individual routes can also be collected at the Eco Centre in Southport.

Week Ride
Week 1 (w/c  19th June) Marram Cycle Route (3m / 4.8km)

 The Marram cycle route is a short route taking in seaside views of the Southport coast.  It passes the Queens Jubilee Nature Reserve and then heads south towards the sandhills of the Ainsdale and Birkdale Local Nature Reserve.

Week 2 (w/c 26th June) Curlew Cycle Route (4.25m / 7km)

The Curlew route is a circular route and takes in the sights of the Crosby Coast.  The route travels through Crosby Coastal Park with views of Wirral and North Wales coasts in addition to Antony Gormley’s Another Place statues

Week 3 (w/c 3rd July) Asparagus Cycle Route (5m / 8km)

We move to Formby for our third route which passes through Formby Village and the National Trust Site along the picturesque coast.

Week 4 (w/c 10th July) Swan Cycle Route (5m / 8km)

The Swan route takes you along the picturesque boulevard of Lord Street, famous for its Victorian shop fronts and tranquil gardens.

Week 5 (w/c 17th July) Owl Cycle Route (7m / 11.3km)

The Owl route is a 10 mile circular route starting at Maghull station and passing through Maghull, Old Roan, Aintree and Melling.  The route can be started at any point and takes in large sections of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Week 6 (w/c 24th July) Natterjack Cycle Route (9m / 14.5km)

The Natterjack route begins on the old Cheshire Lines Railway and then follows a circular route through Ainsdale, Birkdale and Southport Town centre.  It also passes the Birkdale Nature Reserve, where you can find the rare Natterjack Toad and Sand Lizard.

Week 7 (w/c 31st July) Mallard Cycle Route (9.5m / 15.3km)

The Mallard route takes you past the RSPB bird reserve at Marshside before leading you through Churchtown, a pretty village north of Southport.

Week 8 (w/c 7th August) Pier to Pier (21m / 33.8km)

This route (as its name suggests) connects two piers, in this case Southport and Wigan.  The route can start at either end and passes through Burscough (midway point).

Week 9 (w/c 14th August) Butterfly Route (7m / 11.3km)

The circular butterfly route goes along the north of Formby and passes through or near several Nature Reserves.

Week 10 (w/c 21st August) Sefton Circular (24m / 38km)

This predominately off road route explores the wonderful coast of Sefton in addition to the Cheshire Lines Path.

It’s Decision Time! Please let us know your favourite by 8th September and don’t forget to send us any photos.  Please use our contact form or email us at activetravel@sefton.gov.uk


Don’t forget if you want to take part and don’t have your own bike, our partners at VISIT have bikes available for hire in both Southport and Crosby.  See the website for further information.