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Burscough, West Lancashire

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Burscough is a thriving community which lies north of Ormskirk and south of Rufford on the A59. The Leeds and Liverpool canal passes through the parish, along with the Southport to Wigan and the Preston to Liverpool rail lines.

Walking or cycling are the nicest ways to explore the beautiful Leeds Liverpool Canal. Whether you fancy a 10 minute stroll or a vigorous all-day cycle ride, by using the towpaths you’re guaranteed relaxing views of the water, a mix of wildlife, architecture, countryside and of course, narrowboats!

If you’d like to explore more the of the area why not try the Wetlands and Waterways walk which starts at Burscough Bridge railway station and takes you around some of the flattest land in west Lancashire. Pretty cottages, nature reserves and quaint waterside pubs are just some of the things you can see along the way. This is a 14 mile walk which can also be broken down into smaller sections.

If you prefer to explore by pedal power, bike hire is available from automated stations at Burscough Wharf and Burscough Leisure Centre. All you need to hire on the day is a mobile phone and a debit or credit card. Bikes can be hired from as little as £1 per hour (minimum 6 hour initial purchase applies).

The town centre is home to a number of shops, pubs and the Burscough Wharf development in the heart of the town centre. The Wharf offers an array of independent retail and leisure outlets plus eateries.

Round off your visit to the Wharf with a bite to eat at The Blue Mallard restaurant which has been awarded Taste Lancashire Highest Quality Assurance. The restaurant offers a varied menu serving lots of local produce with something to suit all tastes.

If you’re looking for family friendly activities, Burscough is also home to the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust's reserve at Martin Mere, a marshland refuge and nature reserve of international importance, which offers year-round attractions. It is easily accessible by public transport with New Lane, Burscough Bridge and Burscough Junction train stations all with a 3 mile radius.

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.

Windmill Animal Farm is also nearby and offers visitors the chance to experience the everyday running of an actual working farm while still having the chance to watch, feed and touch the animals.

For those who are interested in history, Burscough Parish Church was one of the Million of Waterloo churches built as a thanksgiving after the final defeat of Napoleon in 1815. Although it was consecrated in 1832, Burscough remained part of the ecclesiastical parish of Ormskirk until 1849. Forty years later the present chancel was built. Its beautiful east window forms a memorial to those from the parish who gave their lives in the First World War.

Burscough has a great agricultural tradition and this sector forms an important part of West Lancashire’s economy with more farms, farmed land and agricultural employment than any of its neighbouring districts. The quality of produce is outstanding, from award winning meat to seasonal fruit and vegetables. As well as agricultural businesses, Burscough is also home to food businesses including Fiddler’s Lancashire Crisps, which use only potatoes grown on their own farm to produce hand-cooked crisps which you will find in many cafes, shops and supermarkets across the country.

With so much to see and do in Burscough, why not turn your visit into a short break. The Farm in Burscough offers 4 star bed and breakfast as well as a campsite for tents and caravans. Or just a short distance away from Burscough village you will find the award winning Martin Lane self-catering holiday cottages. Situated along a quiet country lane this secluded rural retreat will guarantee peace and tranquillity.

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