A Winter Coastal Walk in Southport

Victorian Seating

What do you do when it’s blowing a gale outside, and the sky is full of something sinister? That’s right; you go for a walk around the seaside town of Southport…

We had a few hours to kill the other day, so I wrapped Bridget up warm and set off for Southport. Southport is a hive of activity during the summer months, but on a grey day in February, it’s like a ghost town. Incidentally, I prefer seaside town’s in the winter because you can bimble about without getting in people’s way!

Southport is in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton. Home to the Southport Flower Show and Southport Air Show, it’s a town that, in recent years, has undergone a bit of a renovation.

It’s always been popular with summer visitors, especially the older generations who love walking along Victorian Lord Street, dining out in its boutique restaurants or whiling the day away in one of the many coffee shops and tea houses.

It’s an ideal seaside destination for a short break with many hotels, B&B’s and theatres. It’s well connected by public transport with regular trains and buses to Liverpool, Preston and beyond.

Our Wheelchair Walk in Southport

We started our walk by the Marine Lake. This pretty lake is packed with pedal boats and motorboats during the summer. The surrounding gardens are a sea of colour with flora from around the world. The lake is also a popular stop-off for exotic birds, making it a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Seating on Southport's Marine Lake
Victorian Seating in Southport
Marine Lake Playground
New Adventure Playground

Boating Lake in Southport

Southport Pier

Southport Pier is a firm favourite for a stroll because it’s long and flat. The second-longest pier in Great Britain, this grade II listed structure stretches 1,216 yards out into the sea.

Southport Pier
Grade II Listed Pier
Walk Southport Pier
Walking the Pier
Millennium Bridge in Southport
Millennium Bridge and Pier

Halfway up the pier, you can stop in the Ocean Plaza for a coffee or bite to eat. There’s a ramp down to the retail area, making it easy to access.

Ocean Plaza Southport
Ocean Plaza in Southport
Southport Beach
The Pier

For the less able, there’s a tram which runs the full of the pier. You’ll need to check running times on arrival. If you fancy a rest, why not grab a coffee and a cake in the cafe?

Cafe and Tram
Have a rest on the pier.
Victorian Pier
Grade II Listed Pier

The pier offers spectacular views of the Mersey Estuary, Blackpool, Cumbrian Lake District, and North Wales coast on a clear day. We were not so lucky, and it was just cold and windy, but we made it!

We made it to the end.
We made it to the end!

Lord Street

Lord Street has an eclectic mix of shops ranging from the usual high street stores to quirky boutiques unique to Southport.

Shops in Southport
Lord Street Shops

The Wayfarers Arcade is a must-visit place if you find yourself on Lord Street. Built in 1898, it captures the opulence of the age and maintains its beauty even today.

Shopping Arcade
Look at the ironwork.
Wayfarer Cafe
Have a coffee and relax.

A few more notable buildings on Lord Street are The Scarisbrick Hotel. Owned by Brittania hotels, The Scarisbrick is a firm favourite of those looking for a bit of luxury! The Old Bank is a lovely building, but I have no idea what the pizza is like?

The Scarisbrick Hotel
Hotel and Pizza Restaurant.

Southport can be busy during the summer months, especially when significant events are on. Visiting spring or autumn is best if you’re not a fan of crowds. We virtually had the place to ourselves, hence why we visit out of season.

If you enjoyed this walk in Southport, you might also enjoy the Sefton Coastal Path.

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