WWT Martin Mere



WWT Martin Mere is located 6 miles from Ormskirk and 10 miles from Southport - easily accessible by public and private transport.

We're now offering a scheme where visitors who travel to the Centre without a car can receive discounted entry on admission.

The reduced admission prices are:

Adult: £9.73
Child: £4.63
Concession: £7.11

By car

Situated off the A59, the Centre is signposted from junction 8 on the M61, junction 3 on the M58 and junction 27 on the M6. It is free to park at the Centre.

By rail

There are three railway stations in close proximity to Martin Mere: Burscough Bridge Interchange (on the Southport - Manchester line) is approximately 2 miles,  New Lane (on the Southport – Manchester line) is approximately 0.8 miles and Burscough Junction (on the Liverpool to Preston line via Ormskirk) is approximately 3 miles. 

Visit: http://www.traveline-northwest.co.uk for details of North West timetables and journey planner.

By foot

Martin Mere has created a new trail from Burscough Bridge Interchange. The well signposted two mile trail is along local footpaths and includes walking over agricultural land so may not be suitable for prams or wheelchairs. It is also advised to wear good walking boots. The trail begins from behind the Manchester platform at Burscough Bridge Interchange and incorporates local tea rooms and the new Martin Mere reedbed walk. The signs are made out of recycled plastic.

Please be aware that at certain times of the year, summer in particular, the footpath can become overgrown in certain places and it is advised to call the Centre prior to walking it at this time of year.  If the path at the station is overgrown you can use an alternative route: Walk down the side of the house on the platform and turn left onto the road, turning left down Moss Nook Road. At the top of Moss Nook Road you walk straight ahead onto the public footpath and you will pick up the fingerposts to Martin Mere.

If there is an issue with the signage on this walk please call Martin Mere on 01704 891220

If there is an issue with the footpath i.e. overgrown or litter, please call Burscough Parish Council on 01704 894914

Click here for information on the Countryside Code

Hire a bike

The Martin Mere Wetland Centre welcomes cyclists as an environmentally friendly and pleasant way to arrive at the centre. 

Jack Parker Cycles, in partnership with Martin Mere, now offer cycle hire from the Burscough shop. The hire fleet consist’s of a selection of gent’s, ladies, boys & girls junior bikes all fitted with puncture proof tires, also child seats & tag along bikes are available. All persons hiring will be supplied with helmets, locks and a map of area.

The costs to hire are £8.00 per bike and £4.00 for child seats and tags. All bikes must be booked in advance by telephone on 01704 892442 or by calling into the shop at 62 - 64 Liverpool Road North, Burscough L40 4BY

Cycle stations are located at Burscough Wharf, Burscough Fitness and Racquets Centre and The Ship Inn in Lathom.

All you need to hire a bike is your mobile phone and a debit or credit card and cycle hire is from £1 per hour

  • Minimum 6 hour initial purchase required however this can be carried forward to your next hire until your membership expires.
  • Top up your account with more hours anytime either through the website or by calling our automated number 01704 340025.
  • Thirty day temporary memberships are instantly available when you hire a bike however you can upgrade or pre-join on our website.
  • Easy to follow instructions are available at all stations.
  • You are able to hire at one station and leave your bike at another (specific locations only).
  • Check our website for locations of other cycle hire centres or to check if bikes are available at your chosen station

Further information on bike hire and how to travel without a car around Sefton and West Lancashire here.

The centre is on the Grand Tour of West Lancashire and Rufford and Martin Mere cycle routes. Download a map here.

By coach

The centre has parking facilities for large coaches. Parking is free for coaches bringing visitors to the centre.

By air

Manchester Airport is just an hour drive from the Martin Mere Wetland Centre and Manchester Airport Train Station is on the Southport to Manchester train line, providing a direct route to New Lane Train Station, 0.8 miles from the Centre.