Southport Pier to Wigan Pier

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Jump on your bike for a Father’s Day treat and enjoy a great day out for all the family to mark the start of a new cycling route linking Southport and Wigan.

The Pier to Pier Cycling route stretches 21 miles from Southport to Wigan and will be officially launched on Sunday, June, 16.

An organised ride along the new route has been set up with cyclists setting off from Southport Pier by the Carousel on the Promenade and Wigan Pier at the Investment Centre at 10am. They will then all meet up at Burscough Wharf for the official launch at 11am.

To make the launch a really special day people of all ages can enjoy fun attractions at the wharf, including face painting, rickshaw rides around the area, street theatre, live music, craft stalls and much more.    Each family or adult taking part on the ride will receive a free prize draw ticket for a fabulous barge trip donated by Burscough Wharf.    Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Transportation, said: “If you are looking for something to do on Father’s Day, this promises to be a treat for all the family.

“Don’t miss the chance to be one of the first to ride this new route and if you cannot make the day, please ‘get on your bike’ and try the route another time.”    The Pier to Pier cycle route event has been organised by VISIT Sefton and West Lancashire, a partnership between West Lancashire Borough Council and Sefton Council.

Cllr Martin Forshaw, portfolio holder for Planning and Development at West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “Staff and volunteers deserve a lot of praise for setting up the Pier to Pier Cycling Route.   “I am really pleased this launch event is taking place on Father’s Day and I would encourage families to come along and enjoy it.”

If you don’t have your own bike and wish to take part, the cycle hire centres in Southport will be opened from 9.30am on the day. Details of the centres can be found on the VISIT Sefton and West Lancashire website.

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