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Wetlands & Waterways Loop


23 km / 14 miles
This 14-mile circular route lies between Burscough and Rufford, north of Liverpool, which has some of the flattest land in West Lancashire. Pretty cottages, nature reserves and quaint waterside pubs are just some of the things you can see along the way. There is some interesting architecture and wonderful wildlife and visitor attractions to discover. About half of the walk follows the Leeds Liverpool Canal towpaths, including the Rufford Branch canal. The route enables visits to Martin Mere Wetlands Centre and Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve and Windmill Animal Farm. You will explore the area via field paths, tracks and canal towpaths, many of which are well signposted. A downloadable leaflet is available from the link below under Downloads.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Other Paths
Agricultural land
Start and Finish: SD444124 - Burscough Bridge Rail Station, Lancashire View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2015

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External download Wetlands and Waterways Route  (Sefton Council  - 2015 ) Download


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 108
OS Landranger Active 108
OS Explorer 285
OS Explorer Active 285

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Route Profile:

23.0 km (14.3 miles)
108 m (354 ft) ascent
21 m (69 ft)  maximum height

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