Ormbur one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Ormskirk and Burscough.

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Grid Ref SD4174008408
Lat / Lon 53.56904° / -2.88119°
Easting / Northing 341,740E / 408,408N
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Grid Ref SD4444711541
Lat / Lon 53.59750° / -2.84088°
Easting / Northing 344,447E / 411,541N
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Ormbur One's land is

Arable 71.7%
Urban 28.3%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018


Mike Nolan

25 Aug 2023 Summer

An okay route between Ormskirk and Burscough that avoids following the A59. A mix of residential streets, country roads and footpaths. The paths can be overgrown with nettles and brambles in summer and waterlogged after rain but are in reasonable condition and straightforward to follow. The least accessible section - which follows the old railway out of Ormskirk station and is heavily overgrown with some steep steps up to the bridge - can be bypassed through Waterworks Road or Nursery Avenue to Greetby Hill.

Once fully open, the new linear path alongside the railway should be an easier and more accessible alternative to this route but for now this is the best option if you want to avoid a long stomp along the main road.

Eric Wilson

09 Aug 2022 Summer

Just over a third of the walk is off-road and there are some worthwhile views to be enjoyed along the way.
Part of the walk is along a disused railway line which has been designated as a public footpath and named The Smith Way. A staircase accessing the cutting from the road above has recently been replaced and is in good repair. Unfortunately, a few trees have fallen across this path (see photos). For this reason, it is not suitable for cyclists or wheelchair users, nor for people who are not fit enough for a bit of log-scrambling!.

Hiking Historian

05 Mar 2022 Winter

A foot only route, given the amount of stiles, kissing gates and muddy fields. Mostly a wander along an old railway (at time of writing, blocked in places by fallen trees), and across some fields, often wet and muddy.

That said, it's a good way of connecting the two places; just a shame it excludes wheeled users.

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