The car park next to the Pontins Holiday Camp at Ainsdale, near Southport, was the starting point for todays perfect dog walk. Dunes, woods and wide open beaches combined to make this as close to doggy paradise as we've got.
Starting at Ainsdale Discovery Centre we followed the white marker posts south through the dunes making up Ainsdale Hills, towards the distant woods. The going was tough but the dog loved the excitement of seeing what was over every high crest before we eventually joined the well marked Pinfold Trail which skirted the edge of the National Nature Reserve Woods.
Near to West End Lodge we took the wide gravelled track that continued south beside the well fenced off railway tracks and Woodvale Airfield. With woods to one side and in the main, grassland to the other, the dog had a great time chasing his ball before we joined the well signed Fishermans path through the woods to the shoreline.
We wandered along the largely deserted beach, enjoying the solitude and views towards the Fylde coastline for a couple of miles before reaching our starting point.
Almost all of the route was off lead although since the Fishermans path is fairly narrow, and also a cycle track, we did have a brief chance to practice some heelwork. Our route was a little over 5 miles but you could make it much shorter if you wanted. Fantastic!
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Doggy rating 10/10