Guidebook

Wonderful West Lancashire Walks

A varied collection of hikes in the northwest of England which will take you from canals to beaches and moorland.

Charlie Boscoe

Description

With Liverpool and Manchester to the south-west and south-east respectively, Preston to the north and traditional industrial towns all around, West Lancashire isn't somewhere you'd naturally assume has good hiking, and whilst much of the area is urban, there are also some gorgeous pockets of countryside for hikers to enjoy.

This guidebook showcases the diversity of hiking which can be found in West Lancashire, and in here you'll find a peaceful stroll alongside a canal, a journey across a famous beach, a loop over barren moorland, and just about everything in between. By doing all of these hikes you'll see much of north-west England as you drive between the Merseyside coast and the Pennine Hills, stopping off on the Lancashire plains in between.

One of the beauties of Lancashire is not just its hiking, but also it's proximity to both Snowdonia - https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/34958/the-10-finest-day-hikes-in-snowdonia - and the Lake District - https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/34491/in-the-heart-of-the-lake-district-:-ambleside-hikes. Suffice to say that there's a summer's worth of hiking for those who are keen and willing to explore the underrated north-west corner of England!

The Asparagus Trail and Formby Beach
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

The Asparagus Trail and Formby Beach

1 - 2 hrs
4.4 km
44 m
44 m
A lovely stroll through peaceful forests and along a famous stretch of beach.
Moderate
Private
Parbold to New Lane along the Leeds-Liverpool canal
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Parbold to New Lane along the Leeds-Liverpool canal

2 - 3 hrs
8.2 km
16 m
23 m
As easy as hiking gets, this is a peaceful stroll along a famous stretch of water.
Easy
Private
Rufford plains
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Rufford plains

9.7 km
30 m
30 m
A lovely - and remarkably flat - journey alongside rivers and across huge, open plains.
Moderate
Private
Croston Moss
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Croston Moss

1 - 2 hrs
5.5 km
21 m
21 m
A huge and beautiful series of flat plains
Moderate
Private
Harrock Hill Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Harrock Hill Loop

1 - 2 hrs
5.4 km
78 m
77 m
A bucolic stroll through some lovely fields and past some fascinating ruins.
Moderate
Private
Parbold Hill to Ashurst Beacon
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Parbold Hill to Ashurst Beacon

2 - 3 hrs
10.6 km
295 m
295 m
Link 2 of West Lancashire's landmark hills and cross the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.
Moderate
Private
Great Hill Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Great Hill Loop

4 - 5 hrs
15.9 km
326 m
326 m
A varied trip through quiet forests and across barren moorland.
Difficult
Private