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