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Natterjack toad logoSefton Coastal Path

34 km / 21 miles

From the northern outskirts of Liverpool this route through dunes, marshes and the towns of Southport and Crosby passes the Ainsdale Nature and Formby National Trust Reserves.

Sefton’s Natural Coast, as it is now known, is the largest undeveloped dune system in England, extending from Southport and the Ribble Estuary to Seaforth at the mouth of the River Mersey.

There is a variety of landscapes and wildlife with sandy beaches, coastal marshes, pine woodlands, heathery heathland and tidal estuaries that provide views across the Irish Sea to North Wales, Snowdonia and the Lake District on a clear day.

The Sefton Coastal Path can be walked throughout and parts are cycle-friendly. It could be completed over a weekend based in Southport, or using the train that runs parallel with the coast it can be broken up into individual short walks. South of Southport part of the route coincides with the Trans Pennine Trail.


Path Type
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Easy; Cycle Route; Coastal; Heath; River
SJ321981 - Waterloo Station, Merseyside
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SD374205 - Crossens, Merseyside
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External PDF
Sefton Coastal Path (Sefton Council - 2016)


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Route Profile:

35.2 Km (21.9 miles)
184 m (604 ft) ascent
32 m (105 ft)  maximum height