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.
The Visit Sefton and West Lancashire project aims to promote and support the tourist economy in both boroughs using sustainable means of transport including walking, cycling, and using public transport. Find more information about the Visit project.
Cycle maps for Skelmersdale and Ormskirk
Lancashire County Council 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 LDF@westlancs.gov.uk.
Cycle rides in West Lancashire
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.
Ormskirk Station 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 neighbouring 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 534609.