Ainsdale beach is a large soft sandy beach complete with nature reserve and sand dunes and can be foung just a little further down the coast from Southport beach.
Ainsdale Beach is one of the most popular on the coast and has been awarded a Quality Coast Award by Keep Britain Tidy. It is the only beach in the North West to have ever been awarded the international Blue Flag (in 2004 and 2006).
A picture of Ainsdale Beach in March
The beach at Ainsdale is ideal for horse riding, kitesurfing, landboards, buggy and land yacht. There are zones set aside for some of these activities, however a permit is required. Information on how to get hold of a permit can be found here. If you wish to carry out kite surfing or kite buggy lessons on Ainsdale beach contact West Coast Kite Boarding.
Ainsdale beach is also home to the discovery centre which hosts a hole range of activities for children during the summer and school holidays. The Ainsdale Discovery Centre, situated adjacent to the beach and local Nature Reserve. It provides local information, a classroom facility, venue for events and free cycle hire. Please check out the Discovery Centre page for more information.
The Ainsdale Nature Reserve is a National Trust site. It is home to some of the UK most endangered species such as the Natterjack Toad, Great Crested Newt, Britain’s most protected species of amphibian and the Sand Lizard. Public access to the reserve is limited to the marked footpaths. People wishing to explore the Reserve off the beaten track must apply for a Natural England general permit. These are available free of charge by telephoning the Reserve on 01704 578774.
The beach also allowas parking for a small fee during the summer months.
The postcode for Ainsdale beach is PR8 2QB should you need it for satellite navigation.