SOUTHPORT MARINE DRIVE

LOCATION

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Almost from the start of Marine Drive, at the Crossens roundabout, through to the end at the Coastal Road roundabout near Birkdale. The path continues and is skiable beyond this point but it becomes much narrower, with barely enough width for a rollerskier to pass a cyclist.


DISTANCE

Crossens to Birkdale approx 5 miles

SURFACE/DESIGNATION

Good tarmac surface designated for multi-use. No problem with leaves, but wind-blown sand can sometimes be a hazard. Very flat, but sometimes have to work hard to ski against the wind in one direction.

SAFETY DETAILS

Runs alongside a main road, but there is plenty of width, so less confident skiers can stay well away from traffic. Occasional kerbs but all have dropdowns and at the stretch near the pier, there is a choice of crossing a roundabout on foot or using a length of rippled concrete surface on rollerskis.

FACILITIES

Free parking at the Marshside RSPB Reserve or various paid car parks along Marine Drive. Plenty of restaurants and ice cream vans around the pier area. Short distance to Southport town centre.

OTHER DETAILS


Beverley Ridyard,
Manchester Cross Country Ski Club