Boots out for fes­ti­val of walks!

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

GET your walk­ing shoes and boots on for a se­ries of won­der­ful walks around the bor­ough’s beau­ti­ful coun­try­side dur­ing the West Lan­cashire Walk­ing Fes­ti­val.

West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil Parks and Coun­try­side Ranger Ser­vice works along­side walk lead­ers from dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions to pro­vide routes that cover as much of West Lan­cashire as pos­si­ble.

All walks are free with some­thing to suit all abil­i­ties, from short themed walks on which walk­ers can learn more about the lo­cal coun­try­side to long-dis­tance ram­bles.

Cllr Yvonne Ga­gen, port­fo­lio holder for leisure, said: “There are some lovely trips planned for the West Lan­cashire Walk­ing Fes­ti­val so come and join in.

“You will see some beau­ti­ful coun­try­side and parts of the bor­ough you may never have seen be­fore.”

The fes­ti­val be­gins on Satur­day, July 29 with the eight-mile Bea­con canal loop walk, which starts from Bea­con Coun­try Park vis­i­tor cen­tre at 10am.

A seven-mile Tar­leton Cir­cu­lar walk takes place on Sun­day, July 30, start­ing from Tar­leton Li­brary at Mark Square at 10am.

Then on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 2, there is a short walk of be­tween one and two miles around Mere Sands Wood with a talk on the re­serve, its his­tory and lo­cal wildlife, start­ing from its Vis­i­tor Cen­tre at 2pm.

Peo­ple tak­ing part in this walk should note the £2 park­ing charge to park at the re­serve car park.

Other walks take in coun­try­side across Burscough, Dal­ton, Hal­sall, Lathom and other ar­eas.

The fi­nal event is the six-mile Clieves Hill Loop on Mon­day, Au­gust 28, which starts from the Corona­tion Park Bowl­ing Pavil­ion at 10am.

Visit www.west­ walk­ingfes­ti­val for the full list of fes­ti­val walks.

You can find out more by call­ing rangers on 01695 622794, or email­ing bea­con.park@west­

There is no need to book for any of the walks, but please turn up to the meet­ing point 10 min­utes be­fore the walk you are join­ing is due to start so it can set off on time.

Walks are open to all but any­one un­der the age of 14 should be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult aged 18 or older.

Please en­sure you wear cloth­ing and footwear to walk through un­even/coun­try­side ter­rain.

Longer walks – seven miles plus – will have a sched­uled lunch stop and you will re­quire a packed lunch.

It is good prac­tice to carry a drink with you on all walks.

Dogs are not al­lowed on the Mere walk, but wel­come on the oth­ers.

In the case of in­clement weather please check with the rangers if in­di­vid­ual walks are go­ing ahead.

For more about vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties with the Parks and Coun­try­side Ranger Ser­vice please email bea­con.park@west­ uk or phone 01695 622794.

You can also fol­low the Rangers on Twit­ter @WLBC_Rangers or visit www.face­

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