Circular walk through time warp Merseyside village, stunning vistas and ending at pub
This circular walk is perfect to enjoy at any time of year but the scenery will look particularly spectacular as the trees and hedgerows turn from lush green to deep reds and browns in autumn and winter. And what’s more, it starts and ends at a pub.
It begins by taking in the Grade II listed stocks at Thornton village and passes the Broom’s Cross Scheduled Monument, which harks back to medieval times, before heading into the fields and country lanes of Sefton to enjoy the views and wildlife.
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The picturesque village of Little Crosby, which was first documented in 1066, is lined with beautiful cottages from the 17th century and is the perfect place to stop for a coffee and a piece of cake along the route.
The whole 7km walk takes from two to three hours, depending on your pace, and there is the opportunity for a well-earned pint at the end.
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