Lathom South Parish Council Walk August Bank Holiday 2019

Ten residents plus a dog, took part in the walk led by Andrew Beeston starting off from the Plough pub car park shortly after 10 am. The route walk was designed to view the trees labelled by Andrew our tree warden. Walkers headed off across a field and footpath to Moss Cottages and then via FP 22,(recently strimmed for us otherwise blocked by impenetrable bracken), to Firswood Rd. We then progressed to Slate Lane and saw some fine oaks. Walkers went across open ground to the line of the former mineral railway which ran from Skelmersdale. to the colliery (at various times called the Arley Pit, Blaguegate Colliery and Tuppenny Pit). It's now a public footpath which requires some clearance work but has tasty blackberries to compensate.  We passed the Old Engine Pit site with the later sand-washing reservoir, (now duck pond), then along Firswood.Road which has one of the two remaining railway bridges on the Ormskirk - Skelmersdale line.  Then on to 1/2penny Lane, (also just strimmed for us, it had been classic machete country), across Lyelake Lane, along FP15, past Goose Brook and passing nine of our labelled tree species. Then because time was getting short we returned via Whiteleys Lane and back up Plough Lane to the Plough for very welcome refreshment.  The walk took about 3 hours and was 5.8 miles - and that was for a shortened route...so lots still to do and another 10 labelled trees to find.

 Andrew says "It was a pleasure to have such a wide range of walkers, members  from Lathom South PC, U3A, Lathom Park Chapel and Ormskirk Parish Church". He wishes to thank Liz-Anne Broad for all her help in achieving the necessary route clearances.  His last words are "Ten people made for a very pleasant group and do feel free to join us next time" Pictures below:

 

This photograph below shows local contractor, John Branson, straight after he had installed the first 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.

LSPC have since installed more fingerposts with another 6 to go in shortly. This is all part of our PRoW Public Right of Way improvement scheme using monies from CIL, (Community Infrastructure Levy). 

 

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 footpaths plus map

FOOTPATHS

LENGTH

START/END LOCATION

 TYPE OF PATH

FP4

683m

Ormskirk Road / Footbridge @FP16

Grassland / Field Edge Track

FP8

188m

Southern extent of Holland’s Lane / Holland’s Lane

Farm Track

FP10

784m

Ormskirk Road (Delph Farm) / Jct of Whiteley’s Lane & School Lane

Grassland / Field Edge Track

FP11

251m

Jct of Whiteley’s Ln & Wellfield Ln / Scarth Hill Ln

Grassland

FP15

806m

Whiteley’s Lane / Lyelake Lane

Surface Field Edge Track / Grassland / Farm Track

FP16

344m

FP15 / FP4

Grassland

FP17

824m

Lyelake Lane / Holland’s Lane

Field Edge Farm Track / Grassland

FP18

650m

Holland’s Lane (FP19 / FP8)

Farm Tack

FP19

390m

Dicket’s Lane / Holland’s Lane (FP18)

Farm Track

FP20

287m

Blaguegate Lane / Holland’s Lane (FP19)

Grassland

FP21

877m

Dicket’s Lane / Unnamed Road (FP23)

Road / Track / Agricultural / Grassland

FP22

922m

Unnamed Road (FP23) / Firswood Road

Grassland / Agricultural / Track / Road

FP23

265m

Plough Lane / FP22 / FP21

Road / Track

FP24

570m

Firswood Road / FP101 / FP95

Road / Track / Grassland

FP26

362m

Firswood Road / Neverstitch Road

Road / Track

FP30

348m

Dick’s Lane / FP31 / FP34

Farm Track / Cobblestone

FP31

641m

Meadowbridge Close (Wigan Rd) / FP30 / FP34

Farm Track / Cobblestone

FP34

1027m

Hall Lane / FP30 / FP31

Farm Track / Grassland

FP95

94m

Neverstitch Road / FP24 / FP101

Grassland

FP101

587m

Neverstitch Road (FP26) / Statham Road (FP147)

Grassland

FP109

178m

Liverpool Road / Kerfoot’s Lane (FP141)

Road / Track / Grassland

FP141

603m

Blaguegate Lane / Kerfoot’s Lane (FP109)

Track / Agricultural / Grassland

FP142

512m

Holland’s Lane / Blaguegate Playing Fields (FP141)

Farm Track / Agricultural

FP147

359m

Statham Road (FP101) / Stanley Way

Grassland

 

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