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Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve

Address

Coastal Road
Ainsdale





Access and facilities

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Assisted wheelchair access
  • Facilities for the mobility impaired
  • Parent with pushchair access

Accessible Facilities available on Dobson's Ride Trail only.

 
Photograph of Natural England - Coastal Road, Ainsdale,

Access in Summary


Overview

Entrance to the reserve

There is no designated entrance and exit for the reserve. However the entrance from the Coastal road is through a metal gate. This accessible gate is not open at all times. The entrance from Freshfield train station level crossing is via two spring loaded metal gates. Caution should be taken when entering or exiting the reserve from this point as the level crossing is not manned.

Drop Off

From the A565, with Formby Hall Golf Club on your right turn left onto Coastal Road. The entrance into the reserve is on the left. There is no designated drop off point for the reserve, however there is a possible drop off point at the top of the emergency access road. This is located just off of the coastal road. There is no on-site parking and there is no roadside parking.

Trails & Walks

Pinfold Path

The Pinfold Path trail is approximately 1km in length, starting from the emergency access gate which is just off of the Coastal road. The gate is a metal spring loaded gate that has an opening on the left hand side that is wide enough for a wheelchair user to pass through. The surface at the beginning of the trail is a tarmac road, with numerous speed humps along the road. Then there is a right hand turn into a wooded area. This surface is natural trodden ground with a loose covering of pine cones and pine needles. At about half way into the trail another trail starts; this is the West End Walk. Also at this stage the surface changes into deep sand and proceeds over the sand dunes. Some of the dunes can be extremely steep and hard going. The route finishes at the end of the Natural England Reserve, although walkers can proceed onto Sefton Council owned land where the trail continues to the beach. Wheelchair and pushchair users may find this trail difficult. However it is recommended that you review the pictures and details of the trail before deciding to attempt it.

West End Walk

The West End Walk is approximately 900 metres in length. There are two possible starting points to this walk. The first can be found at around 800 metres into the Pinfold Path trail and the second is about 900 metres into Dobson’s Ride. The trail is steep in places. The surfaces you will encounter on this trail are natural unmade, trodden ground and deep sand. There is wooden seating available at the end of this trail. Wheelchair and pushchair users may find this trail difficult. However it is recommended that you review the pictures and details of the trail before deciding to attempt it.

Dobson’s Ride

Dobson’s ride is approximately 3.21km in length and starts at a metal gate which is 300 metres from the drop off point. The route is accessible to wheelchair and pushchair users at all time without the need to unlock the entry gate. The trail surface mainly consists of a tarmac road with some areas of loose stone chippings; it also has areas of natural trodden ground that can be prone to standing water therefore becoming muddy and slippery. This trail has some steep inclines and declines. The trail passes through Formby Golf course and finishes at Freshfield train station level crossing. The end of this trail forms part of the Fisherman’s Path trail. This is a dual purpose trail that maybe suitable for some wheelchair users. However it is recommended that you review the pictures and details of the trail before deciding to attempt it.

Fisherman’s Path

Fisherman’s Path is approximately 1.37km in length. The trail surfaces vary along this trail from natural made, natural trodden and deep sand. Some areas of the trail are prone to standing water which can lead to the surface becoming muddy and slippery. The trail starts from Freshfield train station level crossing and winds through a forest area before ending on the beach on the west coast. The trail is quite level through out although there is a steep incline up the sand dunes at the end. Wheelchair and pushchair users may find this trail difficult at the end. However it is recommended that you review the pictures and details of the trail before deciding to attempt it.

Access Symbols Explained:


  • Assistance dogs welcome Assistance Dogs
  • Assisted wheelchair access Wheelchair access into our premises is possible with assistance.
  • Facilities for the mobility impaired We provide facilities for people with a mobility impairment. For example: A seating area, hand rails etc.
  • Parent with pushchair access Our premises are accessible to parents with a pushchair or pram.

Dobsons Ride Trail
Dobsons Ride Trail

Scenic view from the trail
Scenic view from the trail

Dobsons Ride is a dual purpose route
Dobsons Ride is a dual purpose route

Fishermans Path
Fishermans Path

Scenic view from the end of Fishermans Path across the Sand Dunes
Scenic view from the end of Fishermans Path across the Sand Dunes

The trail follows a path to the shoreline
The trail follows a path to the shoreline

A scenic view at the end of the Pinfold Path
A scenic view at the end of the Pinfold Path

Pinfold Path approaching the Sand Dunes
Pinfold Path approaching the Sand Dunes

The Path is a way marked trail through Woodland
The Path is a way marked trail through Woodland

The start point of the Pinfold Path
The start point of the Pinfold Path

A scenic view along the Woodland Walk
A scenic view along the Woodland Walk

West End Walk
West End Walk

Ainsdale Sand Dunes
Ainsdale Sand Dunes

Natural England Offices at the reserve
Natural England Offices at the reserve

Nature Reserve signage
Nature Reserve signage