Cycling in West Lancashire is easy, fun and,
what's more, it's good for you. One of the best things about the
borough for cyclists is that it is relatively flat, particularly on
the moss lanes between Ormskirk and Southport and to the north in
the Tarleton area.
West Lancashire also offers some fine off-road cycling, most
notably the Cheshire Lines path - a former railway
track that runs between Maghull and Ainsdale. This route forms
part of the Trans-Pennine Trail. There are also several miles of
canal towpath running through the borough, much of which is
suitable for bicycles. Alternatively, explore many of the quiet
country lanes, stop off at one of the many country pubs or coffee
shops, or visit one of the local tourist attractions such as WWT Martin Mere
or Rufford Old Hall.
Visit Sefton and West Lancashire project
The Visit project aims to promote and support
the tourist economy in both boroughs using sustainable means of
transport including walking, cycling, and using public transport.
The project aims to improve the visitor experience, attract new
visitors and provide a new leisure experience for residents and
visitors alike, whilst at the same time reducing carbon emissions
through tourism and leisure-related travel.
The Visit project area covers the Sefton Coast
from Waterloo to Southport, and extends inland to incorporate the
western parts of West Lancashire, including Ormskirk and
Burscough.The area contains many attractions including the resort
of Southport, Anthony Gormley’s Another Place (the Iron Men),
Marshside RSPB Reserve, Martin Mere, Mere Sands Wood, Rufford Old
Hall, Burscough Wharf, the Trans-Pennine Trail national cycle route
and Formby National Trust reserve.
This project is funded by the Department for Transport through
the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. For further information
regarding this project including maps and suggested days out,
please visit the Visit Sefton
and West Lancashire (external link) website.
Cycle maps for Skelmersdale and Ormskirk
Lancashire County Council (LCC) has produced a range
of maps detailing cycling routes in and around Ormskirk and
Skelmersdale. You can download the maps below, or
contact us for a paper copy on 01695 585274 or email
Cycle route planner
Transport Direct offer a free online
cycle route planner (external link), which you can
use to find directions and plan routes between locations. You can
also register to save your favourite routes and send directions to
Cycle rides in West Lancashire
The County Council has published two guides
to cycling, which contain maps and details of different cycle
rides in West Lancashire and the Ribble Coast and Wetlands.
Cycling in West Lancashire if you live outside the borough
If you live outside the borough why not hop onto a train with your
bike and get off at one of West Lancashire's rural stations? From
Wigan or Southport you could get off at Bescar Lane, New Lane,
Burscough Bridge, Hoscar, Parbold or Appley Bridge and enjoy a
variety of routes which suit cyclists of all abilities.
Alternatively, travel from Preston to Rufford, or from Liverpool
to Town Green, and meander off and explore the countryside. Train
times and details of cycle carriage are available from Merseyrail
(from Liverpool) or from First Northwestern for all other routes.
See the Travel
Information page for more details.
Ormskirk Station now also has a secure cycle shelter. To
apply for a swipe card, visit the Merseyrail
(external link) website.
We are keen to encourage cycle use for both commuting
and leisure, and have produced a strategy to develop better
cycle routes and facilities across the district:
West Lancashire's Cycle Action Group
If you are interested in cycling, why not
join West Lancashire’s Cycle Action Group? The group
meets on a regular basis in Ormskirk to discuss ways of promoting
cycling and improving cycling facilities in the borough, as well as
discussing cross boundary links to neighboring authorities. Members
are welcome to join the group from across the borough and all
members will be made to feel welcome. If you don’t want to attend
meetings you can simply sign up to get information to find out what
is happening locally. If you would like to join, please
contact Alasdair Simpson (Lancashire County Council) on 01772 534