Banks village Nr. Southport to Ainsdale

Banks Village, Near Southport to Ainsdale.

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This 10 mile flat ride takes you along the sea front from the village of Banks southwards to the Southport suburb of Ainsdale passing Southport and its pier along the way.

Starting from Hoole Lane in the village of Banks which is situated about 3 miles north of

Southport. From Hoole Lane in the centre of Banks cycle TURN LEFT at the end of Hoole Lane and cycle along Church Road which after a few yards changes its name to Ralph’s Wife’s Lane (cracking name for a road !!)and then a bit further on changes its name again to Banks Road.

When you come to the end of Banks Road you come to a roundabout. At the roundabout take the fourth exit (TURN RIGHT) onto Marine Drive. As you cycle along Marine Drive it bends round to the left and starts to follow the coastline and heads towards Southport.

As you cycle towards Southport you will first pass Hesketh Golf Club and then Southport Golf Club, both on your left with the sea to your right hand side. Straight after Southport Golf Club you reach Marine Lake and then Princes Park with Southport Pier bearing out to sea on your right as you cycle along. Southport Pier is 3,650 feet long and is the second longest in Great Britain after Southend Pier. A tram link runs from Southport to the pier head (the far end of the pier).

About 500 yards past the pier you come to a roundabout, GO STRAIGHT across the
roundabout along Coastal Road and after another 700 yards you come to another roundabout. Again you GO STRAIGHT across the roundabout and along Coastal Road.

You are now heading out of Southport passing some sand dunes and with The Royal Birkdale Golf Club on your left hand side as you cycle along. The golf club was originally opened in 1889 and hosts The Open Championship on a rota basis. At the end of the golf course which is about a mile and a quarter in length you come to a roundabout a boating lake on your right. At the roundabout TURN LEFT along Shore Road and follow the road for about half a mile until
you come to Ainsdale Railway Station … The end of your cycle ride.

You will find plenty of places to stop for refreshments along the route, especially in the seaside town of Southport.

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