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22 February 2021

Walks in and around Ormskirk!

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Who would’ve thought it? A YEAR down the line and still the most exciting things about our days are daily walks and trips to the supermarket. All dressed up nowhere to go… 

I’m a sucker for a good walk; there’s just something about them that makes me feel so good mentally and physically. Probably because that’s what exercise does for you Skye but yeah you get what I mean?? And now spring is around the corner, what better way to kick it off with a good list of LOCAL (I can’t be responsible for people getting fined, soz!) walks to get you through these hard times, and hopefully soon we will have a lot more to look forward to than just walks! 

1. Ruff Wood

I feel like most students know about this one with it being so close to the University. If you don’t then RuffWood is located on Ruff Lane in Ormskirk, it is ideal for quiet walks and a sanctuary for wildlife (Especially red squirrels!). There are 19 acres of wood with many linked routes to choose from, parking is also available. The map attached shows the routes available to take at Ruff Wood.

2. Gorse Hill Nature Reserve

 Gorse Hill Nature Reserve is located in Holly Lane in Aughton just a nine-minute drive from Ormskirk Town Centre. It opened in 1996 to create a diverse habitat for local wildlife through the help of volunteers, there are 84 acres of land!  According to their website, they’re open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:30 am to 4 pm for visitors to enjoy a walkabout Cabin Wood and adjacent meadow, however, the cabin, toilets and bird hide are closed due to covid-19. 

3. Coronation Park

I think most people know where Coronation Park is but for reference its right next to Morrison’s and across from Aldi on Park Road. It is a lovely park that covers 20 acres of land and is perfect for a walk any day of the week! I particularly like to walk around the pond as its always full of ducks! And the fields at the back are also good for getting your steps in! There is a wildlife area located at the back and also a comrades cenotaph as you enter the park which is lovely. 

4. War Horse Route

This walk is probably the most interesting one of them all I have come across; I haven’t yet done it myself but will definitely be doing this shortly! The War Horse Route comes from the route taken by thousands of horses brought from all over the world, to Ormskirk station via Liverpool docks, the horses were walked through the streets of Ormskirk to Lathom and the Remount Depot at Lathom Park where they were trained for service, how fascinating is that! The walk is 8.5miles and takes you from Ormskirk Railway station out to Lathom Park. The walk is mostly level along quiet footpaths, country lanes and woodland tracks, however, there are some stiles and steps along the way which are marked on the map. This walk should take you 3.5 hours to complete, bringing you back into Ormskirk Town Centre. For more information on this walk click here

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By Skye Scanlon

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