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Sefton’s natural coast Beach Guide for this Easter weekend

Sefton’s 22-mile stretch of environmentally protected coastline is a nature haven with something for everyone.

This means that anyone planning on visiting Sefton’s natural coast this weekend should be aware of a few things.

Travel smart 

Those thinking about visiting one of Sefton’s coastal gateways are reminded to travel safely, thinking about ways to walk or cycle where they can.

People should plan ahead to avoid traffic delays and are reminded to park responsibly away from residential areas.

Beach parking is available at Ainsdale-On-Sea and the car park will be open until 7pm over the four-day Easter weekend. The men’s, women’s and disabled toilet facilities have now re-opened at Ainsdale after a recent refurbishment.

However, Southport beach car park will be closed from Friday 15th until Wednesday 20th April due to high tides.

Beach car parking charges for 2022 are:

  • £8 per day for cars at Southport beach
  • £10 per day for cars at Ainsdale beach
  • £16 per day for horseboxes or minibuses

There is 50% off the above rates after 4pm, subject to car parking management arrangements.

Sefton residents and those who drive an electric or hybrid vehicle can take advantage of a money-saving £30 season ticket. Season tickets can be purchased online by visiting: Beach Parking – Seasonal Contract Application (sefton.gov.uk)

Season tickets for non-Sefton residents cost £60.

Environmental sensitivity

Sefton Council is also reminding visitors about the environmental sensitivities of the Borough’s Nature Coast and how they can play their role in protecting the landscape.

This includes taking litter home and not lighting fires or BBQs anywhere along the coast, which can can have a detrimental impact on Sefton’s wildlife.

Sefton’s Nature Coast is home to an incredible array of flora and fauna including the infamous Red Squirrels and the rare Natterjack Toads and Sand Lizards. The range of dune habitats and rare species found along Sefton’s coast are unique and protected as a site of special scientific interest.

People are being asked to do their bit to keep our natural coast clean and safe for all to enjoy.

READ MORE: New Coastal Visitor Action Plan sees a successful first weekend for Sefton Council

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