WALX Activity: Love your Coastline Part 5

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Pace: Moderate

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Intensity: Medium

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Gradient: Low

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Explorer WALX

Price: £9.00

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Main Instructor:

WALX Preston

Hosted By:

Susan Spall

Walk Description:

A series of 10 walks, throughout the late spring and summer, exploring our vast coastline and rivers that are tidal. Enjoy the wildlife and flora that can be seen as we pass through 2 RSPB reserves and National Trust Protected areas, the different habitats Salt Marsh to Dunes, 2 big estuaries Ribble and Mersey.

The fifth in the series is a fun circular round Southport a 9.5 km walk. We start from Marine Drive and walk along the shore line towards the pier looking at any birds or flowers that may be visible. Walk under the mile long Victorian Pier and continue along the shore until we reach where we can walk a short distance on the old Cheshire Lines railway.

From here we walk through Victoria Park and then start walking round the Marine Lake at this point you get the Victorian feel, it is called Princes Park. A trip down the pier cannot be missed so we walk to the end and hopefully get some views of Blackpool and the hills as we go, maybe an ice cream at the end.

On returning down the pier, we finishing walking round the lake where this end is more water sports back to the start.

Southport Pier was opened in 1860 and is the oldest iron pier in the country, it is the second longest pier in the country at 1,108 metres, although at one time the length was 1,340 metres, but storms and fires reduced its length in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Host to famous entertainers such as Charlie Chaplin. It is grade 2 listed building.

Victoria Park was created in 1884 and was remodelled after the amalgamation of Birkdale and Southport in 1912, the Victoria Park and Birkdale Park which had been separated by a hedge and shrubbery were thrown into one and Rotten Row was remodelled, “magnificent half mile herbaceous border’.

Marine lake, the foreshore was purchased by Southport Corporation in 1885 and a marine lake and park opened adjacent to the south-west of the pier in 1887. 


It is essential to register and book in advance online.


It is advisable to wear a bum bag with a water bottle or hydration pack. Do bring a high energy snack to have on the hoof or as soon as we finish. Wear comfortable clothing that suitable for the weather. Do wear sturdy grippy shoes.

We respect people`s busy agendas and do like to start promptly. Please arrive 5 minutes early for your class and be ready to start on time.


Walk speed guide:

Gentle stroll - Gear 1 - Nice pace that you can do for extended periods. 2-2.5mph (these generally are our Wellness walks)   Easy walk - Gear 2 - Faster pace gained through technique. Expect Gear 2 at times throughout the walk with occasional photo stops. 2.5mph (Most of our 1-hour Explorer walks)   Moderate walk - Gear 2/3 - Faster again using technique and with less recovery. Very little stopping. 2.5mph-3mph+ (these are generally Total Body Walx, but also explore this pace on our Explorer and Adventure walks)   Strenuous walk - gear 3/4  (these are generally Total Body Walx, but also explore this pace on our Explorer and Adventure walks).

You are asked to contact your WALX Guide by phone, leaving a voicemail or sending an sms text to the number listed below, if you are likely to be delayed as we do start classes promptly.

Whilst we do understand that sometimes it is not possible to make a class, please be aware that we do operate a no refund policy if you give us less than 2 hours’ notice.

All activities are undertaken at your own risk. We cannot be held responsible for any injuries or accidents incurred. We undertake to deliver all classes with qualified staff and have made every effort to risk assess all WALX. On occasions it is necessary to make dynamic risk assessment decisions when there is a localised incident such as trees fallen en route, flooding, traffic changes, etc.

Please ensure your PARQ is up to date and notify us in writing if you have any change to your medical records, or physical or mental wellbeing. This should include any surgery, falls, knocks, or accidents. Thank you.

Contact details (only contact to notify if late or cancelling)

Matt 07530 813225