6 great walks in West Lancashire

Mere Sands Wood by John Cocks

Mere Sands Wood by John Cocks - Credit: Archant

A selection of walks from our archive that are located in the countryside inland from Southport. NOTE: Safeguarding against the coronavirus is likley to be a part of everyday life for the forseeable future. We advise that two metres social distancing and checking the latest guidelines are the best course of action.

Tarleton village by John Cocks

Tarleton village by John Cocks - Credit: Pics; John Cocks

Tarleton

Take a walk through the agricultural heartlands of Lancashire and spot some terrific bird life at Hesketh Out Marsh.

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Gate to Becconsall Church by Keith Carter

Gate to Becconsall Church by Keith Carter - Credit: Keith Carter

Hesketh Bank

A riverside route among the the Douglas and the fields surrounding Hesketh Bank, via Becconsall.

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The Rufford branch of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal by Keith Carter

The Rufford branch of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal by Keith Carter - Credit: Keith Carter

Burscough

Away from the fields, we head to Burscough for a a canalside stroll to Parbold with the potential of birds and small wildlife to spot.

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Mere Sands Wood by John Cocks

Mere Sands Wood by John Cocks - Credit: Archant

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Rufford and Mere Sands Wood

Set off from Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve and travel through open fields, canal towpaths and the edge of the old Rufford estate.

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Bispham Green by Keith Carter

Bispham Green by Keith Carter - Credit: Archant

Mawdesley

This walk sets off from Cedar Farm in Mawdesley and heads south to Bispham Green, passing by Harrock Hill, a rare point of elevation in these flatlands.

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Ainsdale Beach by Rob Mcewen

Ainsdale Beach by Rob Mcewen - Credit: Archant

Sefton Coastal Path

If you do want to head as west as you can, then you will eventually come to the coast. The Sefton Coastal Path is 21 miles in total, but there a number of sections that can make for a few hours walking.

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All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change. We advise you acquire a recent OS map of the area you plan to visit and assure there are no major changes.

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