Travelling around Skelmersdale
Hidden within wooded valleys and open green spaces is the urban township of Skelmersdale, known locally as Skem. Situated on high ground on the River Tawd, Skelmersdale is six miles from Wigan and 13 miles from Liverpool.
Whether you’re a visitor or a resident, the heart of Skelmersdale is the Concourse Shopping Centre (affectionately known as the Connie). The Connie has plenty to offer visitors with pubs and family-friendly eateries galore. The picturesque Tawd Valley Park, meanwhile, has the surprising addition of a transcendental meditation community, originally founded by the Maharishi who was famous for introducing the Beatles to meditation.
Skelmersdale doesn’t have a train station but, thankfully, Arriva buses more than pick up the slack. Getting around Skelmersdale couldn't be easier as Arriva services will take you to and from Wigan, Liverpool and Southport.
The Concourse Shopping Centre offers over 100 quality shopping outlets, including all the big high street names, a smattering of local independent retailers and a busy market hall. There’s also a variety of cafés and coffee shops to choose from when the shopping gets too much!
For action lovers, there’s plenty to do in Skem. You can get messy at combat paintball or practice your swing on the green expanse of Beacon Park Golf Centre. Tawd Valley Park is well worth a visit too with stunning panoramic views, picturesque woodlands, meadows and a play area that makes for a great day out with the kids.
Or, if your idea of relaxation is a quiet pint of real ale in front of a cosy fire, then you’ll find plenty of local pubs here. Skem also has a multitude of restaurants and eateries to suit all tastes.