Five best places for a pic­nic in Sefton

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - with Neil New­ton

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

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