Ainsdale Beach

Ainsdale beach and nature reserve is situated on the Irish Sea coast in the north west of England, north of the popular seaside town of Southport.

The beach is long and wide, with open expanses dedicated to the sports of kite buggy and landboarding. Out in the sea and when the conditions dictate this is also a premier location for Kitesurfing.

The beach itself is backed by sand dunes, home to a plethora of flora and fauna the dunes forms the largest area of wild dune in the UK.

Kitesurfer walking up the beach at Ainsdale at popular Kitesurfing location.
A lone kitesurfer walks up the beach on a late winter afternoon as the sun breaks through the menacing clouds, providing perfect light for this near silouhette image.

On a clear day views from the beach include the resort town of Blackpool, with the iconic landmarks of Blackpool tower and the Big One roller coaster easily identifiable. Beyond, the mountains of the Lake District can be viewed – with a decent pair of binoculars!

Ainsdale itself offers a small selection of cafes and bars, and can be accessed via train from Liverpool. Car parking is available on the beach itself (chargeable) during the summer months, or there is a mix of pay and display and free parking options close to the beach.

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