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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Families can come and enjoy a fabulous day out in Sefton and West Lancashire

A fabulous programme of events has been organised by VISIT Sefton and West Lancashire  for people to enjoy a great day out and learn more about their local history.

The events include walks and cycle rides and there is even the chance to enjoy riding on classic old buses.

VISIT Sefton and West Lancashire encourages people to enjoy a great day out in the Sefton or West Lancashire area by travelling sustainably using local public transport, cycling or walking. VISIT is supported by West Lancashire Borough Council, Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council and Lancashire County Council.

West Lancashire Borough Councillor Martin Forshaw, who is a member of the VISIT project board, said: “There are some great days being organised for people to see different parts of West Lancashire and Sefton. I would encourage everyone to take a look at these events and give them a try.”

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Transportation, added: “All these events encourage people to become more active and they also provide the chance to learn more about local history. As Spring approaches and the weather hopefully gets better, these walks and bike rides are ideal for the whole family.”

On Saturday 8 March people can get on their bikes and enjoy a 10-mile circular route taking in churches and monuments in Ormskirk and Aughton. The ride includes a free guided tour of Ormskirk Parish Church and begins at 10am from Town Green Station, Aughton.

Bike riders can sample the history of Burscough and Halsall on a 15-mile cycle ride on Saturday 15 March. The ride leaves Ormskirk Railway Station at 10am.

There is a choice of great days out on Saturday 22 March. The West Lancashire Classic Bus Day will see vehicles travel through West Lancashire villages. People can hop on and off the buses and visit farm shops, pubs and restaurants and enjoy local walks. All bus rides are free, with vehicles starting from Ormskirk Bus Station and Burscough Interchange from 11am. The buses will run every half an hour until 6pm.

On the same day there is an 18-mile cycle tour of Lydiate and Aughton which includes a free guided visit to St Catherine’s Chapel, Lydiate. The ride sets off from Ormskirk Railway Station at 10am on Saturday 22 March and finishes at Town Green Railway Station in Aughton.

The Historic Lathom Walking Festival runs from Saturday 3 May until Monday 5 May. All walks start from the Ring O’Bells pub at 1pm and walkers will visit local historical sites.

A National Trust cycle ride takes place on Saturday 7 June, when people can enjoy the five-mile Asparagus route through the Red Squirrel woods to an asparagus farm. The ride starts from the National Trust Car Park, Victoria Road, Formby, at 10am. There is a £5 charge per person to take part, and booking is essential. Call 01704 878591 or take a look at VISIT Sefton and West Lancs (external link). Cycle hire is available.

Four walks have been organised for the Burscough Heritage Walking Festival which takes between 17 and 22 June. All the walks start from Burscough Wharf and start times will be available on the website nearer to the Festival.

All walks and cycle and bus rides are free and guided with no need to book, except for the National Trust cycle ride. For more details and for other events please go to VISIT Sefton and West Lancs (external link).

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