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Walks in West Lancashire explore the gloriously rural and flat expanse of the West Lancashire Coastal Plain. The towns of Omskirk and Skelmerdsdale are the main bases in the borough and both offer some lovely, nature-rich walks in the surrounding countryside. 


Skelmersdale straddles the River Tawd, which creates a beautiful green corridor through the town. To the northeast, you can seek out panoramic views across the town and neighbouring Wigan from Ashurst Hill. You can combine a visit to the summit’s watch tower with Beacon Country Park, which is home to 300 acres (121 ha) of rolling countryside, including wildflower meadows, grassland and semi-natural woodland.


In the east of the region, the attractive village of Appley Bridge plays host to some glorious walks. Popular objectives include Parbold Hill and the Fairly Glen, where Sprodley Brook tumbles through pretty broadleaved woodland. For gentle hikes in West Lancashire look no further than the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, which arcs through the region on its way to meet the Mersey.


Top 20 best walks and hikes around West Lancashire

    1
    Intermediate
    04:43
    10.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    2
    Easy
    01:42
    3.85 mi
    2.3 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:43
    8.49 mi
    2.3 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    4
    Intermediate
    03:29
    8.00 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    5
    Intermediate
    03:02
    6.90 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    6
    Easy
    01:31
    3.58 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    7
    Intermediate
    03:59
    9.11 mi
    2.3 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    8
    Easy
    01:58
    4.80 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    9
    Difficult
    05:07
    11.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    10
    Difficult
    05:18
    11.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    11
    Intermediate
    02:15
    5.18 mi
    2.3 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    12
    Intermediate
    02:53
    7.06 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    13
    Intermediate
    02:50
    6.97 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    14
    Easy
    01:39
    3.90 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    15
    Intermediate
    02:13
    4.95 mi
    2.2 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    16
    Easy
    01:45
    3.90 mi
    2.2 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    17
    Intermediate
    04:19
    10.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    18
    Easy
    01:40
    3.81 mi
    2.3 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    19
    Intermediate
    02:18
    5.59 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    20
    Intermediate
    03:52
    8.91 mi
    2.3 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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