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On this 11.2km special walk on Remembrance Day we start from Ormskirk train station along the Smith Way which is part of the track bed of the old Ormskirk/Skelmsdale railway line. We then walk along roads and gravel paths tracing the steps of the War Horses as they were walked to Lathom hall. To complete the circular walk we explore across fields and along the “ladies walk’ slowly rising to get a nice view as we look back. Through Ruff wood then back into Ormskirk.
The horses were imported to Liverpool and then put on the train to Ormskirk during the first world war, then they were walked to Lathom Hall. The horses where then tested for their fitness before sending to the front line or to reserve depots on other parts of the country.
Ruff Wood had a quarry in the centre of it that supplied sandstone for buildings in Ormskirk in the 19th century.
Toilets available at the bus station,Moor Street,the other end of the walk through from the railway station W3W///neat.volunteered.estate.
Refreshments available in Ormskirk
It is essential to register and book in advance online.
It is advisable to wear a bum bag with a water bottle or hydration pack. Do bring a high energy snack to have on the hoof or as soon as we finish. Wear comfortable clothing that suitable for the weather. Do wear sturdy grippy shoes.
We respect people`s busy agendas and do like to start promptly. Please arrive 5 minutes early for your class and be ready to start on time.
Walk speed guide:Gentle stroll - Gear 1 - Nice pace that you can do for extended periods. 2-2.5mph (these generally are our Wellness walks) Easy walk - Gear 2 - Faster pace gained through technique. Expect Gear 2 at times throughout the walk with occasional photo stops. 2.5mph (Most of our 1-hour Explorer walks) Moderate walk - Gear 2/3 - Faster again using technique and with less recovery. Very little stopping. 2.5mph-3mph+ (these are generally Total Body Walx, but also explore this pace on our Explorer and Adventure walks) Strenuous walk - gear 3/4 (these are generally Total Body Walx, but also explore this pace on our Explorer and Adventure walks).
You are asked to contact your WALX Guide by phone, leaving a voicemail or sending an sms text to the number listed below, if you are likely to be delayed as we do start classes promptly.
Whilst we do understand that sometimes it is not possible to make a class, please be aware that we do operate a no refund policy if you give us less than 2 hours’ notice.
All activities are undertaken at your own risk. We cannot be held responsible for any injuries or accidents incurred. We undertake to deliver all classes with qualified staff and have made every effort to risk assess all WALX. On occasions it is necessary to make dynamic risk assessment decisions when there is a localised incident such as trees fallen en route, flooding, traffic changes, etc.
Please ensure your PARQ is up to date and notify us in writing if you have any change to your medical records, or physical or mental wellbeing. This should include any surgery, falls, knocks, or accidents. Thank you.
Contact details (only contact to notify if late or cancelling)
Matt 07530 813225
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