Around Lancashire by Train. Part 8


Lancashire Most Affluent Seaside Town

Birkdale Railway station is a two-track two-platform station one each for north and south bound trains running on the Southport to Hunts Cross Mersey rail line. Movement between the platforms being via a subway under the tracks. It is yet another of Lancashire’s train stops at a level-crossing and can be accessed from road level. As a wealthy suburb station of Southport it has many amenities. The ticket office manned between 07:45-00:30 but no ticket machines or public telephones on the platforms. There are dedicated parking spaces for 90 vehicles and a cycle rack for 6 cycles. Both platforms have a waiting rooms and toilets, bench seating, ramp and stair access.

As the part of the town of Southport it comes under the metropolitan Borough of Sefton Merseyside. Liverpool being 18. 5 miles to the south of here.

There is little if no industry in the area it is predominately residential. The building stock is mostly Victorian or Edwardian in style though not all were built in those era’s. Many of the footballers playing for the two premiership teams in Liverpool have homes in the area as I said before it is a wealthy suburb.

If you enjoy a game of golf you could put your clubs in a taxi and make arrangements to play a round at the The Royal Birkdale Golf Club. An international course it is one of three international golf course’s in the county. The Birkdale Southport cricket club usually host the county team for one championship match per season. The racing horse trainer Ginger Mc Cain had his stables nearby and Ainsdale beach where he used to train the famous grand national horse Red Rum is also close by.

However, if you have no interest in sports you could just walk the flat Lancashire plain taking in the sites of rural Lancashire. Often forgotten about due the industrialisation of the north during the “Industrial Revolution” of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Going inland onto the Lancashire plain you find the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s Martin Mere 11.5 miles to the east. Another 5 miles east and you would reach Omrskirk a market town of the central plain with a little light industry but the surrounding area is mainly given over to crop cultivation.

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