Discover Burscough, located in the heart of beautiful West Lancashire and only a 5 minute drive from Ormskirk.

Developed from a small farming village, Burscough is a well developed town that offers a range of wonderful independent shops, delicious places to eat as well as a host of wider attractions.

Rich in history the town originates from the 12th Century Priory and the Leeds and Liverpool canal running through, as well as HMS Ringtail located on the outskirts.  The town boasts also two railway stations and is ideally situated along the A59.

Major attractions are easily accessible including WWT Martin Mere, Windmill Animal Farm, National Trusts Rufford Old Hall and Burscough Wharf; a unique shopping and dining experience situated on the idyllic Leeds / Liverpool canal.

If you fancy getting out and about then take advantage of the popular walking and cycling routes, such as the Wetlands & Waterways and Warhorse routes; which take you along the canal and footpaths both in and around Burscough and Lathom.

So whether you spread your wings with a visit to the award winning WWT Martin Mere or take a stroll along through the scenic countryside there’s plenty to see and do in Burscough.


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Burscough's History

Situated on the A59 between Liverpool and Preston Burscough has a diverse and interesting history.  The draining of Martin Mere and the building of the Leeds/Liverpool canal had a dramatic effect in years gone by.  The highly productive surrounding farmland had always been a major source of occupation to the local community but the draining of the Mere released yet more land for cultivation and was partly responsible for the growth of modern Burscough.

The completion of the Liverpool line of the Leeds/Liverpool canal in the late eighteenth century saw Burscough become a staging post for the packet boats that carried passengers between Liverpool and Wigan, some of whom would transfer to the stage coaches travelling along the Turnpike Road to Preston and the North.

19th Century

The traffic on the canal continued to grow in the nineteenth century. It was heavy and varied.  Boats carried coal from the Lancashire coalfields through Burscough on the way to the Liverpool docks and brought commodities for the fledgling industries that sprang up around the canal, such as imported grain for Ainscough’s Flour Mill.

Manure was brought from the dray horses and middens of Liverpool and dropped off at the muck quays along the canal, then used to facilitate the reclaimed farmlands of South West Lancashire and further improve the area’s agricultural output. Burscough wharf was at the centre of this trade.  The Wharf Buildings were purpose built as a veterinary centre for the horses that pulled barges along the canal.  The old stables, canal cottage, weighbridge, provender and chop house, barns, warehouse, harness rooms and offices can all be identified.


Much of Burscough’s employment was dependent on the canal and the industries along its bank.  The boat people influenced religion, dialect, customs and much more due to making up so much of the local population.  Even the new railways, in the mid-nineteenth century did not have an immediate catastrophic effect.  The Leeds/Liverpool Canal, the largest and most diverse canal in Britain, was still carrying nearly 2.5 million tons of cargo in 1906.  In fact, Burscough Bridge gained in importance, sited as it was at the junction of two mainline railways which only served to encourage the manufacturing industry to locate in the area.

The redevelopment of Burscough Wharf now acts as a modern focal point for both the local community and visitors to the area.

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