Ainsdale railway station opened in 1848. A second station was opened in 1901. It was originally named Seaside, being renamed Ainsdale Beach in 1912. It closed in 1952. The route of the line it was on now forms the Coastal Road from Woodvale to Southport. The row of houses over the road from the Sands Hotel were originally railway staff cottages for that line.[6]

Staff are available to help you 15 minutes before the start of service and 15 minutes from the end of service.

Ainsdale boating lake, along with the beach itself, were popular tourist attractions, and thus Lakeside Hotel (now known as The Sands) was built to accommodate those wishing to stay in the area. However, a large campsite was also well populated in the busiest periods of the year.

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A permit is required before you use a power kite in the kite zone.

The Sefton Coastal Footpath passes along the eastern boundary of the reserve.

Ainsdale became part of the County Borough of Southport in 1912 after being part of Birkdale Urban District, though it remained a separate civil parish to Southport until 1925. Although now in the administrative county of Merseyside it is still in the County Palatine of Lancashire.

Main habitats: embryo dunes, yellow dunes, fixed dunes, wet slacks, flower rich grassland, dune pasture and deciduous woodland

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For parliamentary elections, the ward is part of the Southport constituency, currently represented by the Liberal Democrat MP, John Pugh, who was re-elected at the 2015 general election.

The dunes of the Sefton Coast cover a large area, some parts of which are relatively remote, and you can become disorientated. If you wish to visit the beach check the local tide timetable.

This is one of the best remaining strongholds of the rare natterjack toad, Europe’s loudest amphibian. Red squirrels can occasionally be seen in amongst the reserve’s pine forests too, while sand lizards, great-crested newts and a fantastic variety of orchids and other wildflowers can also be found here.

In the village green there is a war memorial that commemorates the lives of forty-four Ainsdale residents killed as a result of World War I.

By car, the site is accessed via minor roads from the A565. The nearest car park is on the beach-front 1.5km to the north.

People visiting can enjoy tug of war, live music, gymnastics displays and more

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The area of Ainsdale, together with the adjoining settlement of Woodvale, and a significant part of South Birkdale, forms a single electoral ward named Ainsdale, it is currently represented by three councillors on Sefton Council: Brenda Porter and Terry Jones (both Conservative Party), and Haydn Preece (Liberal Democrats).[7]

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Open during the summer, you are welcome to pop in and see the shell collection and find out what wildlife there is to see and maybe have a go at a family activity.

Ainsdale is an area of Southport in the borough of Sefton, Merseyside, England, situated three miles south of the centre of Southport. At the 2001 Census it had a population of 12,723.[1] By the time of the 2011 census only figures for Ainsdale (Ward)(qv) were available.

Ainsdale station is fully accessible. Although a footbridge links platforms, both platforms can be accessed via a level crossing. Staff are on hand to assist those passengers requiring it.

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Ainsdale Beach and nature reserve are popular with schools and colleges for educational visits and provide a venue for a variety of events throughout the year.


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Voluntary wardens carry out site work, sheep and cattle checks and species monitoring.

The Lancashire Coastal Way runs along the northern bank of the estuary. The northern bank can also be accessed via Route 62 of the Sustrans National Cycle Network.

Ainsdale beach is designated by Sefton Council as a kite beach where kitesurfing and land-based kite traction activities are allowed.[8]

Ainsdale Mill, built circa 1800 on the site of an earlier wooden mill, was an impressive - and functional - landmark until its closure in 1965 and later demolition. A branch railway line from Ainsdale station served the mill during its operating years.

The estuary is one of the most important sites in the UK for over wintering wildfowl.

The reserve is 7 km west of Preston and includes land on both sides of the Ribble Estuary: as far as Lytham, on the northern bank, and Crossens (near Marshside), on the southern bank.

Please take note of beach safety flags and signage.

The Ainsdale Discovery Centre, situated adjacent to the beach and Ainsdale & Birkdale Sandhills Local Nature Reserve, provides local information, a classroom facility, venue for events and free cycle hire .

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