Five best places for a picnic in Sefton
THE weather has been stunning of late, and it’s only just coming into official British Summertime.
Could this be a taste of things to come? I for one hope so. With that in mind, this week’s Southport Top Five features some of the best places to enjoy a picnic.
At five it’s the splendid Town Hall Gardens.
With its impressive water fountain, checkered pathways and borders (tended by an army of volunteers), it’s a perfect spot to catch a few rays.
If you plan on popping there during your lunch break, there’s no excuse to be late back, the Atkinson clock will keep you on time!
At four, often overlooked in favour of Hesketh Park and the Botanic Gardens, it’s Southport’s Victoria Park.
Just a short walk from the town centre, it’s home every August to the biggest independent Flower Show in the country.
Victoria Park is a great place to take the kids for a run around, to let off steam, and enjoy a game of football.
The bandstand provides a great escape from the midday sun too.
At three it’s Ainsdale Sand Dunes.
Located just off the Coastal Road, there’s great access for walkers thanks to the pedestrian underpass.
Cyclists will be pleased to know that you can also hire a bike through the Bike and Go Scheme at Ainsdale station.
It’s possible to cycle uninterrupted south to Formby train station, dropping the bike off at the end of the day.
Surely a great way to see the pinewoods and dune network that make Sefton famous.
At two in my countdown is the fabulous Kings Gardens.
Hugging the Marine Lake, they boast an impressive 17 acres of parkland.
The adventure playground is a big hit with younger visitors too.
The £5.5m used to bring this Southport gem back to its former glory was money well spent.
Number one on my list of the best places to enjoy a picnic has to be Formby Point.
For my money, it’s one of the very best beaches in the world, let alone Sefton.
Sure, it’s a bit of a trek up the massive sandhills that separate it from the National Trust red squirrel reserve, but the views are well worth the climb.
Let’s face it, no trip to the seaside this summer would be complete without sand in your sandwiches!
So there you have it, my Top Five picnic spots in Southport, but do you agree?
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Another Southport Top Five next week.
Formby Point: what a beautiful sight
Victoria Park in Southport: seek shade in the bandstand
Right, Kings Gardens
Town Hall Gardens: watch the clock!
Left, the dunes at Ainsdale