Put your best foot forward for the West Lancashire Walking Festival and you can see bats and butterflies as well as enjoying circular tours around our towns and countryside.
West Lancashire Borough Council rangers work alongside walk leaders from a range of organisations to provide routes that cover as much of West Lancashire as possible. All the walks are free and there is something to suit all abilities, from short themed and informative walks to long-distance rambles.
Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Health and Leisure, said: “The walking festival is a great way to explore West Lancashire and there are some superb jaunts lined up this year. So stride out at some of our events and you will see some beautiful countryside, as well as seeing parts of towns in the borough you may never have seen before.”
The first walk of the Festival, on Friday 1 August, explores the beautiful countryside routes between Burscough and Martin Mere. This walk is four miles long and is repeated on Friday 8 August. Both walks set off from Burscough Bridge Station at 10am.
On Saturday 2 August walkers can join enjoy a two-mile informative walk learning all about useful and edible plants. This walk takes place around Beacon Country Park and people wishing to take part should meet at the Ranger Station at 10am.
The festival includes circular walks around Skelmersdale (on Wednesday 6 August), Ormskirk (Tuesday 12 August) and Lathom (Wednesday 13 August), all of which start at 10am. The eight-mile Skelmersdale walk starts from Skelmersdale Library, the six-mile Ormskirk trip begins at Coronation Park bowling pavilion and the eight-mile Lathom jaunt sets off from the main entrance to Ruff Wood off Ruff Lane.
Walkers can take in some of West Lancashires finest views, on a nine-mile loop around Fairy Glen in Parbold and Hunters Hill in Hilldale, on Thursday 8 August. They should meet at the layby on the A5209 (Parbold Hill) close to the Fairy Glen entrance at 10am.
Walks are planned for every day up until Wednesday 14 August, when the final event is a two-mile trip around Ormskirk’s Coronation Park from the bowling pavilion, starting at 8.30pm, when people can find out more about bats living in the park.
For a full list of Festival walks and details of other Council leisure events please visit our events page.
Please wear sturdy footwear and clothing to suit the weather conditions for all the walks. Dogs are not allowed on the Martin Mere walks, but are welcome on the other walks. For more information call the rangers on 01695 622794, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out @WLBC_Rangers twitter feed (external link).