Wigan Pier to Southport Cycle Route

Cycle Route Details
Route NameWigan Pier to Southport
Cycle Route Location
County/RegionGreater Manchester
Start LocationWigan Pier, off Pottery Road (A49)
End LocationLord Street Boulevards (A565), Southport
Cycle Steps
1. Flat journey following canal towpath from Wigan Pier until you meet main road (cycle lane for majority) to Southport. Only snag we found was Sunday morning fishing competition and part of towpath closed for repair, but this is usually a winter activity by the waterways people so shouldn't be a problem in summer.
Landmarks/Sites to see?
Route along canal passes close to Appley Bridge, Parbold and Burscough all of which have canalside pubs. Also a nice cafe right by the canal at Parbold. Lots of shops in Southport. Wigan to Southport railway runs close by most of the route so your journey can be shortened by taking a train from several places en route.