Beacon Country Park, Up Holland
Beacon Country Park is our flagship countryside site, consisting of over 300 acres of rolling countryside spread across the slopes of Ashurst Beacon between Upholland, Dalton and Skelmersdale.
The site boasts flowing wildflower meadows, grassland, natural ponds and areas of semi-natural woodland. It commands majestic panoramic views across most of Lancashire with viewpoints overlooking the Lancashire Plain to the west and the West Pennine Moors to the east.
An extensive path network means that everyone can explore the park and there is plenty of space to walk, run, ride horses or bicycles, fly kites, or just get away from it all and relax.
The Ranger Service
Beacon Country Park is the base for the Borough's Parks and Countryside Ranger Service. The Ranger Service often run events and activities to enhance your visit. They can also provide help and information about the park from their cabin situated alongside the Visitor Centre.
We have created some self-guided activities for families to enjoy during their visit to the park. You can download the information sheets by clicking the links below.
Beacon Minibeast Trail (pdf, 692kb)
Green Flag status
Beacon Country Park has held and maintained Green Flag status since 2007. The accolade recognises the natural beauty of the park for its welcoming, safe and maintained environment and for its community involvement and is assessed and awarded annually.
- Picnic areas
- 'Inclusive' children's play areas
- Community orchard
- Orienteering course
- Nature trails
- Car parking
- Public toilets
- Public bar/café
- Ranger service
- Junior Rangers Club
- Golf course
- Volunteering Opportunities
Download our Beacon Country Park site map (PDF 165kb) for more information about facilities.
The Parks and Countryside Service work hard to manage and maintain all of our sites to ensure that they are accessible and safe for all their visitors. However, while using the trails, you may encounter uneven surfaces, debris, or other obstacles. If you have any concerns or suggestions about how we can improve access to the site or you require further information, please contact us using the details on this page
How to find us
Beacon Country Park is located on the border between Skelmersdale and Up Holland, and can be accessed by car via Beacon Lane or the A557 on Stannanought Road.
Visit the Arriva (external link) or Up Holland Train Station (external link) website for up to date information regarding your nearest bus and train links to the from the site.
Public toilets are situated next to the Ranger Centre and provide male/female and disabled toilet facilities.
Disabled car parking facilities are available at the Visitor Centre car park and at Carr Lane car park.
Our 'Tramper' - off road mobility scooter - is available to hire, free of charge. For bookings and conditions of hire, please contact the Rangers.
If you download the Tramper trail map (PDF 165kb) the index highlights wheelchair-friendly paths.