Walking is an excellent way to stay healthy, enjoy West Lancashire’s great outdoors, and enjoy an activity that is cheap, environmentally friendly, sustainable, and fun!

Walking route

Parbold Hill Circular

A winning route from the Best Walks Competition 2014.
It has lovely walking, opportunities for refreshments, history and fantastic views. The Parbold Bottle is a monument to the 1832 Reform Act and from it magnificent views extend to Ashurst Beacon, Liverpool, the Welsh hills,  Sefton, West Lancashire and Blackpool.

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Hesketh with Becconsall

Concentrated within Hesketh village and surrounding countryside, this walk provides abundant historical interest in a pleasant rural setting. The route is largely flat and easily accessible, although the river section can be muddy in winter when suitable footwear should be worn.

Two short sections of the trail require access via steps, but in each case an alternative has been provided. Enjoy learning about the village and its history as you follow the trail.

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The Yellowhammer walking route is a very good reason to get out and about in the Ormskirk area. It also helps you discover the area’s wonderful public rights of way network.

The trail starts and finishes at Ormskirk railway station or bus station taking you through the historic market town and out to the rolling countryside beyond. This walk boasts stunning views of Lancashire and Merseyside.

The fields surrounding Ormskirk are mostly used for growing crops, so the views along this route change from season to season. This walk is fairly level with some gentle gradients. Follow the map in conjunction with the public footpath signs as you go.

There are many cafes and places to eat in Ormskirk town centre on your way out or return and along the way there are benches where you may enjoy a picnic.

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Wetlands and Waterways

The Wetlands and Waterways route is a bit more challenging than some of our other walks. The total distance is about 14.5 miles. If this is too far, the flyer gives options for shortening it into easier routes that can be completed separately.

Starting at Burscough Bridge railway station the route takes you around some of the flattest land in West Lancashire. Pretty cottages, nature reserves and quaint waterside pubs are just some of the things you can see along the way.

The route uses field paths, tracks and canal towpaths, many of which are well signposted.

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War Horse

The War Horse Route route mostly follows that taken by thousands of horses. These horses were brought from all over the world to Ormskirk Station via Liverpool Docks. They were then walked through the streets of Ormskirk to the Remount Depot at Lathom Park where they were then trained for service.

Horses and mules were a vital part of the war effort and Lathom Park hosted over 200,000 before they carried out their service, sometimes at the war front in France. Lathom Park was one of only three Remount Depots in the UK. Later in the war, horses were transported by rail direct to Lathom Park.

One of the stories of a war horse called Joey was told by Michael Morpurgo in his book “War Horse” and later by Steven Spielberg in his film of the same name.

The circular route is 8.5 miles long, it goes out to Lathom Chapel and returns via cross field paths with some stiles and footbridges