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Southport Reporter

Edition No. 78

Date:- 13 December 2002

Report by Julia Brough.

A NEW guide recognising Southport and the Sefton coast as a premier location for walking has just been launched to attract more visitors.

Sefton Council’s Tourism and Leisure Services Departments are hopeful the ‘Walker’s Guide to Southport and the Sefton Coast’ will encourage more walkers to visit the area.

The pocket-size guide enables visitors to make the most of the coastline with maps, local history, tips, items of interest along the walk and an easy reference accommodation guide.

Lord Fearn, Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Tourism, said:- “The Walker’s Guide is a useful tool for any walkers visiting Southport and the coastline. It’s extremely informative and well designed and is intended to help walkers get the most out of their visit.

“We have the largest area of underdeveloped dune habitats in England, as well as sandy beaches, coastal marshes, pine woodlands, heath land and gorse-covered scrubland. There’s also a rich diversity of flora and fauna. It’s a walker’s paradise.”

The guide takes walkers on a 34km (21 mile) journey from Crossens, north of Southport, to Crosby Marine Park at the mouth of the Mersey and is divided into four sections for those wishing to shorten their walk.

There is also a section on other walks and trails in the area, exploring Formby Point and tips on how to make the most of the walk.

The 36-page booklet is the second in a suite of reference guides aimed at developing green tourism in the area. The Birder’s Guide has already been published and the Cyclist’s Guide will be available soon.

The Walker’s Guide is now available from Southport Tourist Information Centre on Lord Street or by telephoning 01704 533333.

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Report by Julia Brough.
FESTIVE revelers will be able to walk off the Christmas turkey and pudding with a leisurely stroll along Southport pier for the first time in six years.

The pier re-opened this year following a £7 million restoration programme giving, what for many was a traditional part of Christmas, the chance to walk the full length of the pier again.

It will therefore be open, in addition to the usual weekend opening times during the winter, on Boxing Day, Friday, December 27 and New Year’s Day from 11am until 4pm. 

Tony Corfield, Head of Sefton Council’s Tourism Department, said:- “In the past the pier used to be packed on Boxing Day with people taking leisurely strolls after what, for many, can be a hectic Christmas Day. Now it’s open again I’m sure people will wrap up warm to blow the cobwebs away. For many families it was always quite a tradition.”

Visitors can enjoy spectacular views from the end of the pier across Liverpool Bay to North Wales and the new modern, contemporary designed pavilion features an exhibition on the history of the pier and also the local natural habitat, coffee shop and seating area.
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