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:
- Download Ormskirk town map (PDF 624kb)
- Download Ormskirk & rural areas map (PDF 1mb)
- Download Skelmersdale town map (PDF 342kb)
- Download Skelmersdale and rural areas map (PDF 1mb)
Cycle rides in West Lancashire
- Download cycle rides in West Lancashire (PDF 2.1mb)
- Download Ribble Coast and Wetlands cycle rides (PDF 3.9mb)
- Download Pier to Pier cycle route (Southport to Wigan via Burscough) (PDF 1mb)
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:
- Download the cycling strategy (PDF 611kb)