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The Sparrowhawk and Ainsdale Nature Reserve

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The Sparrowhawk and Ainsdale Nature Reserve is a 8.7 kilometer loop trail located near Southport, Merseyside, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 8.7 km Elevation Gain: 101 m Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching


partially paved



A circular pub walk from the Sparrowhawk in Formby, Merseyside. The Sparrowhawk is a lovely old country house, beautifully converted to a classic pub with open fires to enjoy in the winter and a large terrace for the summer months. The walking route heads out via the Coastal Road to explore two local nature reserves. There's a real mix of landscapes throughout the walk including pine forest, acidic dune heath, a golf course, an airfield, residential streets and long bridleways. If you're lucky you might even get a glimpse of one of the rare red squirrels that populate the reserves. The walk is relatively flat throughout. Most of the paths are wide, well-made tarmac pavements or stone tracks, but one length of bridleway is narrow and can be quite muddy in winter and after periods of rain. There are no stiles on route, just a few gates/kissing gates. You will need to cross the rail line at an un-signalled level crossing so take care to look and listen for trains before you cross. You will also need to take care of traffic at two points: the first is to cross a dual carriageway; the other is the final mile of the walk that follows the edge of a quiet lane. The route crosses a golf course so keep alert and beware of any stray golf balls. Dogs are welcome in the nature reserves, as long as they are kept under control. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.

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