This photograph shows local contractor, John Branson, straight after he had installed two fingerposts along Holland’s Lane. These fingerposts have been provided by the Parish Council (with vital 50% capital grant aid from West Lancs. Borough Council) as the first in a project to signpost in an informative way the network of footpaths within the Parish area.

Most of our footpaths cross private land and this Parish Council is extremely grateful to Bickerstaffe Parish Council Chairman, Mrs Hilary Rosbotham, for allowing us to install these two fingerposts on her land. We are also grateful for the ready co-operation of farmer John Appleton and his wife, Mary, in agreeing exact locations which would not interfere with their farming operations. This follows similar co-operation over the location of the Parish bench on Holland’s Lane.

Installer John Branson is a local man whose family lived for a long time on Firswood Road. He still has family members and many friends living within the Parish, although he now hails from Maghull. Recently he virtually-rebuilt a house on Blaguegate Lane and he has made a large wooden shelter for Lathom St James junior school in Westhead which can be seen on the school playing fields..

It took considerable time from Parish Councillors and Clerk (Liz Broad) to identify potential sites, design the signs and then find a supplier who could provide high-quality fingerposts to the Parish Council’s signage standards, so progress has been frustratingly slow. These two were supplied by Shelley Signs of Shrewsbury. From reactions that we have already received, it was worth the wait - as they are much admired.

Some of your councillors are keen walkers and we would like to encourage everyone to experience the pleasure of walking in Lathom and further afield. If anyone has a favourite local walk they would like to share please email the clerk using  the contact us link at the left hand side.  Some local walks are below. There are many walking groups close to the area to suit all tastes and abilities, including disabled, and details are below. 

Local walks.

Walk 1 – 10-15 minutes

Start/ Finish: Blaguegate Lane, opposite South West Lancs Farmers car park.

Head down Hollands Lane

After a few 100 metres, just past the detached house on the right, take the unsurfaced footpath on the left between the two fields. This footpath then bends left and brings you back onto Blaguegate Lane opposite the Cricket Club. Turn left along the road back to the start point.

 Walk 2 – 45 minutes – 1 hour

Start/ Finish: Blaguegate Lane, opposite South West Lancs Farmers car park.

Head down Hollands Lane.

Pass the detached house on your left then past the house on your left and the farm on your right.

After a few minutes the path bends right then forks. Take the left fork which brings you out onto Liverpool Road, Bickerstaffe.

Turn left and walk along the road past the terraced houses until you see the Horseshow pub.

Turn left here (and stop at the pub for refreshments if you like!)

Continue along this road (also Liverpool Road) until you get to the church on the left.

Turn left up the drive of the church with the cemetery on your left and continue straight on and the drive turns into an unsurfaced path.

Continue straight on along the edge of the agricultural field and the along the left hand edge of Blaguegate Playing Fields.

Just before the far left hand corner of the Playing Fields there is a cut though on the left which takes you into the next agricultural field and then to the back of the Wardens Club.

Come out onto Blaguegate lane and turn left to get back to the start point.

Walk 3: - 20- 30  minutes

Start/ Finish: Firswood Road/ Slate Lane junction

 Head down Slate Lane to the very end where it turns into an unsurfaced footpath, go through the gate and turn immediately left onto a tarmac path leading to the industrial estate.

Here you get a good view of the plots of land that are proposed for the building of more huge warehouses and the existing ones, that have been subject to much discussion and work by South Lathom Residents Association and the Parish Council on behalf of residents that have had problems with them.

Walk along the pavement straight up to Spa Lane.

Turn left along Spa Lane and at Firswood Road turn left again to get back to the start.

Lathom Park Walk, for details click  here

Wayfarers Pub have produced a number of local walks which they have given us permission to publish.  See links below:

Walk 1   Walk 2   Walk 3  Walk 4   Walk 5   Walk 6  Walk 7  Walk 8  Walk 9  Walk 10

Further Afield

There is a wealth of outdoor sites in West Lancashire were walkers and cyclists can experience a range of activities. Beacon Country Park, Tawd Valley Park, Platts Lane Lakes, Chesire Lines, Ruff Wood, fairy Glenn, Dean Wood, Abbey Lakes, Chequer Lane and Hunters Hill click here for more details

West Lancashire has produced a set of walk and cycle leaflets with 8 themed walks see below:

The 8 themed routes for walking/cycling are as follows:

War Horse route which followslast section of the route of war horses brought by rail from Liverpool to Ormskirk and then by road went to Lathom Park

Wetlands and Waterways route which starts at Burscough Bridge station and follows flattest land in West Lancashire along tow paths and tracks

Yellow Hammer route follows arable fields around Ormskirk

Churches and Monuments cycle route

Moorhen cycling route

 Parbold Hill circular

War Horse Walk click here to see route

Parbold Hill Circuit click here to see route

Parish Churches Walk click here to see route

Pier to Pier Walk click here to see route

Yellow Hammer cycle route click here to see route

Waterways Walk click here to see route

 

West Lancashire Footpath Group organises up to 5 local walks per month on a Saturday, Sunday or Tuesday afternoon and some summer Wednesday evenings. Please ring 01704 880782 for details.

Skelmersdale Rambling Club organise around 12 walks per year in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, North Wales, Derbyshire and other areas.  Walks are once per month on Sunday filling 2 coaches and has walks ranging from easy (5 miles slow pace all on the level) to strenuous (approx 10 miles).  To see full details go to www.skemramblers.co.uk

Skelmersdale Churches Rambling Club organises walks every second Saturday in the month. A coach picks up in Ormskirk and Skelmersdale .  Bookings can be arranged through Yvonne Turton  on 01695 578681. Again there are different grades of walks.

West Lancs Ramblers organise walks at all times see www.westlancsramblers.org.uk

Southport Fell Walking Club organise a programme of 25 fortnightly walks to a variety of venues in the Lakes Yorkshire Wales and Derbyshire. They have a programme of social activities and attract members from a wide area. As the name indicates this club is a fell walking club as opposed to a walking/rambling club, all walks contain climbs albeit some are only moderate. There are walks to suit all levels of ability. For more details click here http://southportfellwalkingclub.blogspot.com/

The Lancashire Countryside Service Events programme 2009 is now available and offers amongst other activities guided walks. Events make it easier for those who are not regular walkers to make a start . Events are usually free and "Tramper Friendly". Trampers are all terrain electric buggies available free of charge for people with limited mobility. Numbers are limited so it is essential to book and full training in use is available. For more information ring 01772 534 709 or visit the website www.lancashire.gov.uk/environment/countryside


For those who want to organise their own walk in Lancashire there is an excellent website visit the website here http://www.visitlancashire.com/site/things-to-do/walking