Litkir one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Litherland and Kirkby.

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Grid Ref SJ3332397106
Lat / Lon 53.46647° / -3.00585°
Easting / Northing 333,323E / 397,106N
Grid Ref SJ4103798727
Lat / Lon 53.48196° / -2.88997°
Easting / Northing 341,037E / 398,727N
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Litkir One's land is

Green urban 2.8%
Urban 97.2%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018


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28 May 2023 Spring

A foot-only route, which is evident right from the off, but overall a good functional route connecting the two areas.

From Litherland station (where there are also nearby shops and bus stops) the route takes is across Princess Way, but it is not accurate enough to show that the only way over is via a stepped footbridge over the a-road.

Once over, and after a short walk along a paved road, we access our first footpath: a tarmac path running betwern fences, before heading under a railway tunnel and onto a path running past houses. Crossing a road at the end, another footpath and a bridge, stepped, over the canal.

A few well-paved residential roads follow, until we access another good tarmacced footpath between a cemetery and sports fields. Past a college, a tarmac footpath through a golf course (look out for balls!). At the end, another residential road, until we join Dunnings Bridge Road at Park Hotel. Crossing at the next junction, we head up the industrial estate road of Heysham Road, where we access the Transpennine Trail, a good tarmac footpath eventually passing Aintree Station.

After a few more roads, we ascend onto the old railway and follow it for some time. There are some narrow barriers and subsidence in the path in places, but good to walk. At the end, a grass bank alongside the canal, until we cross the bridge at join the towpath north.

Exiting at the next bridge, we follow the route through the streets of Kirkby, passing the station before ending at the shopping centre and bus station.

Despite good road crossings at all junctions, and very good pavements, the two stepped footbridges in Litherland and the old railway at Aintree exclude wheelchairs, but it's suitable for all other users, and plesasnd green in places.

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