Martin Mere Wetland Centre is located six miles from Ormskirk and 10 miles from Southport. It is easily accessible by public and private transport.
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.
Premier Taxi 01704 892000.
Martin Mere is accessible from no less than 3 mainline stations!
Burscough Bridge train station (L40 0RZ) - recommended if on foot – on the Southport Manchester line
If walking or cycling, come up from the station on to the main road (A59) and immediately turn left on to Red Cat Lane. Follow this road which becomes Tarlscough Lane which becomes Fish Lane. The centre is on the left.
Please be aware that at this time of year the footpaths can become overgrown or work may be being undertaken in the fields resulting in pathway closures and for the summer months it is recommended to walk down Red Cat Lane straight to the centre as described above.
The majority of the route is on footpaths (95%) although you will have to cross the road a few times as the footpath changes sides. On those limited parts of the road that have no footpath, take extra care and aim to be seen (high viz jackets etc.) and walk on the right hand side of the road to face the on-coming traffic.
The walk is 2.5 miles.
There is an alternative walk from the station that is well signposted along local footpaths and includes walking over agricultural land so may not be suitable for prams or wheelchairs. The trail begins from behind the Manchester platform at the station. At certain times of the year, summer in particular, the footpath can become overgrown in certain places. It is recommended that you check with the centre to ensure that the track is passable. If the path at the station is overgrown then having turned left on to Red Cat Lane (as above), then turn left onto Moss Nook Road. At the top of Moss Nook Road walk straight ahead onto the public footpath and 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
New Lane train station (L40 0PH) – not recommended if travelling on foot – on the Southport Manchester line
If walking or cycling, turn left out of the station on the New Lane, follow this round and it becomes Marsh Moss Lane. Follow this road for around a mile and a half.
It is a country lane but there are NO footpaths so if on foot, take extra care and aim to be seen (high viz jackets etc.) and walk on the right hand side of the road to face the on-coming traffic.
As you walk you will come to a footpath junction that is clearly signedposted for Martin Mere. This footpath will take you to our community reedbed walk and direct to the centre.
The walk is 1.2 miles.
Burscough Junction train station (L40 5XF) - Liverpool to Preston line via Ormskirk
Come out of the station and turn right on to Junction Lane (B5241). Continue along this road until you get to the main road (A59). Turn right and follow this road along passing a Spar and across the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and passing a large Tesco and the railway line at Busrcough Bridge railway station. At this point, follow the directions from Burscough Bridge railway.
The walk is 3.1 miles.
Visit: http://www.traveline-northwest.co.uk for details of North West timetables and journey planner.
The Martin Mere Wetland Centre welcomes cyclists as an environmentally friendly and pleasant way to arrive at the centre. There are 8 Sheffield bike loops (for 16 bikes) at the centre.
Information on bike hire and how to travel without a car around Sefton and West Lancashire, please click on the following link: www.visitseftonandwestlancs.co.uk
The Centre is situated on two cycle routes in West Lancashire: the New Lane Circuit (approximately 23.5 miles) and A Grand Tour of West Lancashire (approximately 37.8 miles). Details of the routes can be found at:
The centre has parking facilities for large coaches. Parking is free for coaches bringing visitors to the centre.
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.