Plan your visit
Reserve trails: open, daily, seasonal times below.
Car park: open, daily, seasonal times below. Closed and locked outside of these hours.
- Autumn/Winter opening hours: 8.30am-4pm (1 November-1 March)
- Spring/Summer opening hours: 8.30am-5pm (2 March-31 October).
Visitor Centre: closed.
Festive opening times:
- The reserve and car park are open as normal over the festive period.
- The hides are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Car park cost
There are no entrance charges to the reserve, but the following car parking charges apply:
- RSPB members: FREE (please display your membership card face down in your windscreen).
- Non-members: £1.50 per car (up to 2 hours) / £3 per car over 2 hours.
- Blue badge holders: FREE (please display your blue badge in your windscreen).
Visitor centre is closed
Toilets are closed
Accessible toilets are closed
Guided walks is closed
Viewing points are closed
How to get here
Southport (Chapel Street Station) - follow London Street till it joins Lord Street and then go straight across Lord Street and on down Nevill Street to the Promenade; turn right to follow Marine Lake to its northern end; turn left onto Fairway and then right on to Marine Drive. Reserve begins at Hesketh Road after 0.6 miles.
Southport (War Memorial, Lord Street) to Crossens via Marshside Road. No.44 every 15 minutes. Get off at Elswick Road junction. Walk north 200 m along Marshside Road to reserve.
National Cycle Network traffic-free route (Liverpool to Southport) utilises wide pavement adjacent to Marine Drive through reserve.
From Southport, follow coast road north (1.5 miles or 2.5 km from Southport Pier) to small car park by sand works.
Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.
Liverpool for ferries - 1 hour away by car.
Information for dog owners
Dogs are welcome on the public footpaths around the reserve. Please keep to the designated rights of way only.
Please keep your dog on a lead and under close, effective control at all times, due to the sensitive wildlife, habitats and livestock here. We know that the countryside is a dog walking paradise. It’s important to remember the special surroundings here are wonderful havens for rare wildlife. Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife and livestock can easily become startled by a loose dog they perceive as a predator.
Disturbing wildlife does more than simply causing it to move away; it uses up their energy, decreasing their chance of survival regardless of season. Thank you for protecting the special wildlife here by keeping your dog on a lead and under close, effective control.
- You are welcome to walk your dog along the sea-wall on the south side of the marshes. You may also use the permissive footpaths from the car park towards Crossens and on Redshank Road which leads out onto the saltmarsh, but please keep your dog on a lead to avoid disturbing wildlife.
- We like to keep one path dog-free, so please do not use the path to Nel's Hide.
- Sorry, dogs aren’t permitted in the hides other than assistance dogs.
- Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
Group booking information
Group bookings are accepted. Guided walks are also available.
Please note the car park is not suitable for coaches or buses. Please call 01704 211690 for coach/bus parking information.