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Friday, April 27, 2018

Walk the War Horse Route

The War Horse Route, one of West Lancashire's most popular walks, is being re-launched to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

West Lancashire Borough Council is working with Lathom Chapel and Aughton & Ormskirk U3A to organise a FREE guided walk of the route for Monday 7 May, 2018, leaving at 10am from Ormskirk Railway Station Car Park. On the way local historian Andrew Beeston from Aughton & Ormskirk U3A will be telling the story of the war horses and the contribution they made. 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:
1. 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.
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2. Take the guided walk from Ormskirk out to Lathom Chapel and stop for refreshments before continuing by one of several routes eg, through Lathom and Ruff Wood before returning to Ormskirk. Distance about 6-8 miles.

In addition, the War Horse Route walking leaflet has been re-produced by the Council and will allow walkers to choose and follow a route themselves. Copies will shortly be available from the Council Offices, CSP at the Concourse Shopping Centre, Skelmersdale, Ormskirk library and Southport Eco Centre. The leaflet will also be available to download from Discover Ormskirk (external link).

John Harrison, Director of Development and Regeneration, said: "We are delighted to be re-launching the War Horse Route walking leaflet which is one of our borough's most popular walks, attracting walkers and visitors to the area. The Council is pleased to be working with Lathom Chapel and Aughton & Ormskirk U3A to tell the fascinating history of the areas connection with the War Horses, combined within this wonderful guided walk."

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 under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Car parking is available at Ormskirk Station, however, we would encourage people to use public transport where possible. Please see http://traveline.info (external Link) for help planning your journey.

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