Burscough is a small market town offering a broad range of retail facilities.  It has developed over the centuries from a small pre historic settlement on what must have been the only piece of high land in an area of marshes and a huge lake.  WWT Martin Mere Reserve, just to the north west of Burscough, is the remnant of that lake and in addition to being a first class attraction in the heart of the Ribble Coast and Wetlands Regional Park, provides information on that historic past.

The mainly agricultural community developed during the nineteenth century as entrepreneurs responded to the coming of the canals and later the railways. The Leeds Liverpool Canal, which is the longest single canal in Britain, passes through Burscough; this provides a good recreational link from town to country and into the Ribble Coast and Wetlands Regional Park via the Rufford Branch of the canal.  There are several canal side hostelries, farm shops and tea rooms to provide welcome refreshments to walkers and boating enthusiasts.

Burscough is at the crossroads of the Southport to Manchester and the Liverpool to Preston rail lines and boasts three railway stations including the Burscough Interchange (providing a bus and rail connection).  New access routes from Burscough Bridge station will improve access on foot and cycle to WWT Martin Mere and pass by farm shops and tea rooms for those not in a hurry.

Cycles may be hired in Burscough from Jack Parker 01704 892442 if you haven't brought your own.

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