The Velvet Trail and Queen’s Jubilee Trail

The Velvet Trail and Queen’s Jubilee Trail

There are two trails in Southport for you to explore: -

The clearly marked circular Velvet Trail takes you from the Green Beach at Weld Road through the dunes and back to Weld Road. Named after the lush green vegetation in the summer months this pleasant walk takes you past dune slacks (ponds) and Taggs Island reed-bed. These diverse habitats are havens for dragonflies, butterflies and natterjack toads. Car parking is available at Weld Road.

The Queens Jubilee Nature Trail was restored in 1992 (to celebrate the Queens 40th anniversary). This wildlife haven has well laid out paths and picnicking areas close to Southport town centre. The oldest dunes are covered in willow scrub, whilst the low-lying wet areas are rich in orchids.

Two entrances on the Esplanade lead to circular pathways linked to Victoria Park and Rotten Row. The viewing platform provides excellent views of the beach, the Ribble Estuary, the high tide roosts of shore birds and the Welsh Hills. (The viewing platform and many of the paths have disabled access).

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