Walking

The Ribble Coast and Wetlands Regional Park provides lots of opportunities for walking by using public footpaths, the canal towpaths and other concessionary routes that have been agreed over private land.  Some are long distance paths such as the Ribble Way and Sefton Coastal Path whilst others are more local routes which link visitor attractions or towns and villages, such as the trail to Martin Mere from Burscough Interchange. 

 

The Ribble Way is a long distance footpath linking the Ribble Estuary with its source in North Yorkshire.  It enters the Ribble Coast and Wetlands at Brockholes Preston and follows the north shore of the river as far as the old Penwortham Bridge at Middleforth.  There it turns left and follows the south bank in a westerly direction as far as the Dolphin Pub at Longton.  It is hoped one day that this will continue to the mouth of the estuary and link into footpaths planned for the Lancashire coastline as part of the national coastal access programme. 

 

The Sefton Coastal Path to the south of the Ribble Estuary threads its way along Sefton's Natural Coast, through the largest undeveloped dune system in England.  Some sections are also cycle-friendly and the route can be completed over a weekend or broken up into individual short walks.

 

Parts of the Leeds-Liverpool and Lancaster Canals pass through the Ribble Coast and Wetlands and their towpaths provide an attractive traffic free corridor through which to walk and in some cases cycle. 

 

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