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Adventures for your Furry Friends - Leroy & Ziva's Top Walks in the Area

1.  Southport Sand Dunes and Beach

1. Southport Sand Dunes and Beach

Located from the carpark at the end of Weld Road by the Roundabout with the Shrimping Boats parked nearby, this is a wonderful safe walk in the dunes and by the beach that all dogs can enjoy, either on or off the lead.

There are miles of dunes, ponds and rushes for the dogs to enjoy, and you can get access to the beach and surf from the carpark which is free.
The beach access can be very muddy at times and sticky mud, particularly in the winter months and after periods of rain, but it is a wonderful place for the dogs to run free and enjoy themselves.
To keep your dog safe from the busy Coastal Road, keep them closer to the beach side of the sand dunes and within your sight. 
We have a hot tap outside at the B & B and you are welcome to clean your dog down after their walk.

2.  Ainsdale Pine Woods

2. Ainsdale Pine Woods

Park in the carpark by the Shoreside Bridge in Easdale Road.  Simply walk across the railway foot bridge and there is a path taking you under the road bridge and into an open field before heading towards the woods.  You can follow the white topped posts for longer, more sandier destinations, or the main shingle pathway will take you all the way to Freshfields (through the golf course and across the train tracks which are fenced off for your protection).  There are miles and miles of woods and sand dunes for you and your dog to enjoy.  The green and yellow topped posts link back on each other to make the walks shorter, but realistically, you cannot get lost here.  

Try and find "The Secret Lake" a pond where you dog can swim in clean water.  
The main shingle walkway is shared use with cyclists, so if your dog is not used to cycles, please keep them close to you and under control to avoid annoying the cyclists.
There are a lot of rabbits in the area, particularly mornings and evenings, so if you dog is not under control with chasing prey this may be a problem.
There is also only one bin for poo bags at the start of the walk by the bridge, so please carry your bags with you, or if you put them down for collection on the way back, don't just leave them there.  If your dog goes in the woods, or long grass it is OK to leave it there.

3.  Ainsdale Beach and Sandhills

3. Ainsdale Beach and Sandhills

The best place to park is down by the Visitors Centre near Pontings at Ainsdale Beach.  There is free parking in the allocated area by the green and white Visitors Centre (an old building which looks unused).  Do not park on any double yellow lines in the area.

If you walk towards the beach and head into the sand dunes, there are miles of dunes for you to enjoy.  There are plenty of fenced off ponds as these are where the Natterjack Toads sporn, so keep your dog out of these ponds.
Again, near the beach there are bins for poo bags, but otherwise, only a bin by the entrance to the dunes (by the back fence of Pontings).

4.  Victoria Park

4. Victoria Park

The privately owned park is run by The Southport Flower Show.  It is frequently closed for events during the year, as this is how they make their running costs.  There are only some gates not open unless there are events on.

If you park by the Tennis Courts in Rotten Row or out on the road, you can walk into the entrance by the Tennis Courts.  Opening and closing times are clearly listed by the gate and vary throughout the year.
This is a safe, fenced area to exercise your dog.  They are not required to be on a lead as long as they are under your control.
You are responsible to pick up your dog poo and there are plenty of bins dotted around the park.
During summer, the lawn bowls club is busy, so please ensure your dog does not run onto the greens.
There is also a duck pond there which has very dirty, smelly water in it.  It is not a great idea to allow your dog to swim in this pond.
Occasionally there are cyclists riding through the park, so be aware.
This is a popular walking spot for all dog lovers and we are priviledged to be able to use this park all year around.

5.  Portland Playing Fields

5. Portland Playing Fields

These playing fields are located at the very end of Portland Street and back onto the Cemetery.  They are fenced off and there is also access to the walkway that goes to Town Lane from the back exit gate.

The fields are also used for Football, so it is imperitive that you pick up after your dog.
We use these fields when Victoria Park is closed.  Parking is limited as it is a residential street.  Do not park in front of entrances to people's houses, as many of their parking areas do not have proper entrances.

6.  Formby Beach, Sandhills and Formby Point National Trust Reserve

6. Formby Beach, Sandhills and Formby Point National Trust Reserve

If your dog enjoys woods and sandhills this is the place to go.  For Formby Point, follow the brown National Trust signs and park in the National Trust Carpark (there is a charge for this).  There are plenty of woodland tracks which lead to the beach for you to enjoy.

If you want local knowledge, then turn left just before the entrance to the National Trust and you can park on the roadside in front of the open fields about half way along the road - you will see where all the locals park.  There is no charge here, but you can only park on one side of the road.
Cross the open fields and you are in the woods.  Follow the tracks towards the beach and there are plenty of tracks to enjoy.  You can also follow the signs to the Lifeboat Road where you can access the beach as well on a boardwalk.

7.  Rivington Pike

7. Rivington Pike

Rivington is a lovely space around 45 minutes drive from Southport.  There are terraced gardens, walkways and climbs all in the same area.  You can either park by the Upper Barn or Lower Barn and walk from there.

There are some fields with sheep grazing in them and you need to keep your dog under control or on a lead here.
Walk up to the top of the Pike for view right across Lancashire.
This is a popular place for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders, so be aware of what is going on around you.
There is a cafe at the Lower Barn for you to enjoy afternoon tea after your walk, or plenty of pubs in the area that are dog and walker friendly.

8.  Abbey Village & Roddlesworth Reservoir

8. Abbey Village & Roddlesworth Reservoir

Abbey Village is a small village in Lancashire which has access to the Roddlesworth Reservoir and Darwen Tower.  We usually park in the Hare and Hounds hotel carpark after advising them we are returning for food and drinks after the walk.  There is an access road across the middle of the reservoir which takes you into the woods where there are miles of woods for you to enjoy.  You can get access to Darwen Tower from the top of the woods and this area is popular with mountain bikers, so keep your dog under control around bikes please.

This area is quite high up and the weather can turn cold quite quickly here, so make sure you are prepared with warm and particularly waterproof clothing.
It can be very muddy here, and icy in the winter, but the views are spectacular.

9.  Cuerdon Valley

9. Cuerdon Valley

This place is lovely.  Located closed to Chorley and Leyland, Cuerdon Valley has it's own farm and produces it's own produce.  The carpark charges are £1 for a day and you need to pay and display on arrival.  There are loads of wooded areas, rivers and ponds for your dog to enjoy.

A popular place with walkers and dog walkers and a great place to exercise your dog.
There are often fishermen at the top lake, so ensure your dog does not swim near where they are fishing.
They have a Farmers Market here on the 1st Sunday of every month and there is a tea rooms open during the weekends.

 
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