Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Gemma Wilson and Andrew Forbes.
Please note train connection on outward journey
Although fairly long, this is an easy coastal walk with very little ascent. There is a good mix of the iconic iron men, beautiful beaches, woodland wanderings, flowery fields and leafy lanes. We may even see some red squirrels as we pass near part of the red squirrel trail.
There are two bail out points on route: after 4.5 miles at Hightown and 10 miles at Freshfield.
The walk finishes at Ainsdale where we will get the train back to Liverpool. There is the option of stopping off at Freshfield on the way back and joining us for a drink and/or a nice pub meal. If you are interested in staying for dinner, please email Gemma at email@example.com by Thursday 6 August.
Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport
We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.
09:45: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:07. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.
Day return to Ainsdale: £12.60 Changing at Liverpool South Parkway for Merseyrail Undergroup train at 10.54 (platform 6) on outward journey.
10:07: Train departs for the walk start at Waterloo Station, Liverpool.
11:25: Walk starts at Waterloo Station, Liverpool.
Return from Ainsdale. Every 15 mins from Ainsdale/Freshfield to Liverpool Central, then at 22 and 52 past the hour from liverpool lime street to Piccadilly until 20:52, then at 21:30, 21:37, 22:30 and 23:19
Waypoints: Waterloo Marina, Sefton Coastal Footpath, Anthony Gormley Iron Men, Hightown village, Cabin Hill Nature Reserve, Shorrock's Hill, Fisherman's Path, S/C Footpath, Big Ball's Hill, Ainsdale village.
If driving to Waterloo, the start point for the walk, whilst there is no parking at the station there is parking available on Church Road and Albert Road nearby. Station postcode is L22 0LY.