Come and join walkers and horse-riders on the historic War Horse Route taken by equine heroes from World War One.

West Lancashire Borough Council is working with Lathom Park Chapel and Aughton & Ormskirk U3A to organise a FREE guided walk of the route for the bank holiday Monday 6 May, 2019, starting at 10am from Ormskirk Railway Station Car Park.

On the way local historian Andrew Beeston from the Chapel/U3A will be telling the story of the war horses and the contribution they made during World War One, plus giving information about various local landmarks.  At the halfway point horses and riders from Area 18 (Lancashire) Side Saddle Association will join the walk and accompany everyone to Lathom Chapel.

The walk will also be assisted by West Lancashire Borough Council’s Parks and Countryside Ranger Service.

The War Horse route will mostly follow the route taken by horses that had been brought from all over the world to Ormskirk Railway Station via Liverpool Docks. The horses were then walked through the streets of Ormskirk to Lathom and the Remount Depot at Lathom Park. Later in the war a railway was built to transport horses directly from Liverpool Docks to the depot.

On the day of the guided walk there are two options:

Take the guided walk from Ormskirk out to Lathom Chapel and once you have reached Lathom Chapel and enjoyed some refreshments walkers can then return to Ormskirk following the outward route.  Distance approximately 5.5 miles.

Or

Take the guided walk from Ormskirk out to Lathom Chapel and stop for refreshments before continuing by one of several               routes, through Lathom and Ruff Wood before returning to Ormskirk. Distance about 6 – 8.5 miles.

Although there is no need to book a place before the day it would be helpful for organisers to know numbers.

Please contact West Lancashire Borough Council on 01695 712645 between 9am and 5pm to let organisers know you are interested.

Walkers should arrive 15 minutes before departure time, wear suitable footwear and clothing. Children should be accompanied by an adult.