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Rufford and Burscough

With flat towpaths, historic canal features and rich wildlife, Rufford Top Lock and Burscough is the perfect place for family walks, bike rides and bird spotting.

General information

Address: Burscough Wharf, Liverpool Road North, Burscough, Lancashire L40 5RZ

Visit time: 2 hours

Price: Once you're there, it won't cost you a thing

Parking: There is free parking available at Burscough Wharf, along the road and for customers of the local pubs

Toilets: There are public toilets at Burscough Wharf

Free visitor guide

Great for

  • Dog walking
  • Cycling
  • Bird spotting


Rufford Old Hall (National Trust), Martin Mere Wetland Centre (WWT)

Spot a boat

You should see some boats, especially in the summer months, and they may even go through the locks!


Boat trips

Picnic spot

There are some grassy spots by the canal where you can lay down a picnic blanket


You may see:

  • Ducks
  • Kingfishers
  • Barn owl
  • Coot & moorhens
  • Dipper
  • Wagtails