Magorm two
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Slightly amended route to change the Maghull end which can't seem to decide between canal and road routes!

Slightly amended route to change the Maghull end which can't seem to decide between canal and road routes!


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Grid Ref SD3754402580
Lat / Lon 53.51618° / -2.94337°
Easting / Northing 337,544E / 402,580N
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Grid Ref SD4174008408
Lat / Lon 53.56904° / -2.88119°
Easting / Northing 341,740E / 408,408N
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Hiking Historian

20 Jun 2023 Spring

A good mix of urban and rural, as we pass from Merseyside into Lancashire.

The route starts in Maghull, but we're soon on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Staying on until the bridge at Lydiate, up the steps and over the bridge (unpaved), and then through Lydiate, passing the Weld Blundell pub and shops. After a couple of roads, we're onto our first footpath: a lovely green track across fields.

At the end, a short stretch of quiet unpaved road, and then more fields. The path can be a bit overgrown, and crops covering the footpath, but it can be joined if we follow the field boundary clockwise to meet the trees, the line of the path. Past houses and farms, the path is a mix of footpath and farm track, passing Walsh Hall until we meet the road.

The road is unpaved, but with verges, but we then turn onto Clieves Hills Lane. Whilst it is unpaved (and uphill), it only serves the few houses and farms, and there should be no trouble with traffic. There's great views over West Lancashire and Sefton from the top, as far as Formby and Southport.

From the top, gradually downhill, and back onto footpaths. Past Gaw Hill reservoirs, we arrive into Ormskirk, following the well-paved roads and crossings into the pedestrian heart of the market town, and to the station, the end of the route.

The terrain, as well as some steps, gates and footbridges, do make this a foot-only route, but a good one it is, with great views over the West Lancs and Sefton. Shops and transport at each end, and the odd shop and pub along the way.

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