Walking A-Monday Afternoon

Walks are local and leisurely and between 4 and 5 miles (maximum 5 miles) in length over easy terrain.

Varies, but all local
3rd Monday
1.30 pm start

Monday Afternoon Short Walks

bootsMonday walks start at 1.30pm on the 3rd Monday of the month, they are all local and are around 4 miles over easy terrain. Start time is 1.30  for a Monday walk but contact the coordinator if you need more details. Please wear good footwear for all walks.

Please book on all walks by emailing the Group Coordinator on mondaywalks@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk

Walks are held at 1.30 on the 3rd Monday of the month unless otherwise stated.

16 May at 1.30pm 

This walk is about 3½ miles through some of the lesser-known areas of the countryside of Skelmersdale. I have called it the ‘4 cloughs walk’. A clough (as defined by Wiktionary) is;- ‘A narrow valley; a cleft in a hillside; a ravine, glen, or gorge’.

In Skelmersdale we have four! Firstly we visit Hall Clough, followed by Westhead’s Clough, then Elmer’s Clough and finally Delph Clough.

The walk is a gradual uphill walk on a mixture of good paved surfaces and woodland paths. This is followed by a gradual downhill on similar surfaces.

There are no stiles but there are a few steps and a little uneven ground which, taken carefully, should not present any problems for anyone.

Starting point

Because of parking problems, we are not able to park in the previous car park, so we will use the ASDA supermarket instead. There are no parking restrictions and I have permission for us to park there. Please meet near the shop entrance. The walk leader is Barry Carr.

 

27 June at 1.30pm (Note this is 4th Monday in month)

We will start our walk with a leisurely walk along  Rotten Row with its magnificent floral displays. This is an extremely popular place to visit, particularly during the summer months. It boasts one of the largest herbaceous borders in the country (746 metres).  The border naturally divides into 6 areas – each with its own identity and has become a very popular and much appreciated place for the public to enjoy. We will then walk along the seafront exploring Kings Gardens and the Southport promenade . Followed by a leisurely stroll along the pier and who knows we may well be lucky and see the sea.

We will park in Morrisons car park and meet near the shop entrance. Please remember there is a three hour maximum stay in the car park. The walk leader is David Blanchflower

 

18 July  1.30pm

The walk will take us past the ancient “St Helen’s Well”, then across the fields to Harrison’s Brook, and then we will enter part of the Mersey Forest Initiative, and down into Lunt Meadows. We will visit the Mesolithic Settlement, discovered by Ron Cowell from the Liverpool Museum, in 2012. It is approximately 8000 years old with the remains of three buildings. We will take a circular route around the lakes and ponds with numerous species of birds, including, Grasshopper Warblers, Lapwings, Curlews, and Golden Plovers to watch out for. Finally returning back to Sefton village.

Meeting point and parking are at Brickwall Lane, directly opposite the main entrance to St Helen’s Church, Sefton village, L29 7WG. The walk leader is Rob Mawdsley

 

NO WALK IN AUGUST

Last Updated on May 12, 2022

A Walk in Tawd Valley

A report of the 20th September 2021 walk

The September Monday u3a Walking Group walk was in the Tawd Valley Park, Skelmersdale, which is an area of green open space of 65 hectares running from Skelmersdale town centre and following the line of the River Tawd as it heads northwards to join the River Douglas.

Those participating in the walk soon realised that Tawd Valley Park is a hidden jewel in the heart of Skelmersdale. The site surrounds the River Tawd as it meanders its way from Yewdale across a large section of the historic town of Skelmersdale through to Cobbs Clough Brow. The area is a haven for a wide variety of wildlife with birds of prey soaring above the meadows and Kingfishers patrolling the riverbanks.

Barry Carr the walk leader did an excellent job in explaining the history of the area, with the ruins of an old mill, millponds and capped mineshafts providing a glimpse into the area’s industrial history.

Everyone agreed it was an excellent afternoon walk in an area that was previously unknown to most of the walk participants.

Last Updated on January 3, 2022

Gallery of Past Walks

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Monday  walkers by the canal at Rufford, September 2016

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Monday walkers in Haskayne nature reserve, June 2014

 

Last Updated on October 28, 2021