Southport’s sandy beach hosts England’s oldest and second longest pier. The beach is situated along 35 km (22 mi) of coastline, and is renowned as a great place for a family day out. All the traditional British seaside amusements and entertainments are in close proximity. It’s possible to walk along the landscaped promenade, with gardens and a miniature railway, or take advantage of a guided walk around the nearby town. The beach itself has won a Quality Coast Award, while the route alongside the beach is very popular with cyclists and marks the start of the Trans Pennine Trail, which ends at Hornsea on the east coast. Southport also hosts an annual air show and the largest independent flower show in the UK.