WALX Activity: Love your Coastline Part 3

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Pace: Moderate

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Intensity: Medium

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Gradient: Low

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Explorer WALX

Price: £9.00

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Main Instructor:

Susan Spall

Hosted By:

Susan Spall

Walk Description:

A series of 10 walks throughout the year exploring our vast coastline and river that are tidal. Enjoy the wildlife that can be seen as we pass through 2 RSPB reserves and National Trust protected areas, the different habitats from Salt Marshes to Dunes.

The third walk in this series, is 10km and starts at Hundred End and finishes back in Becconsall. We walk along the embankment through to where the RSPB has claimed back the salt marsh to give the right environment to the birds that need it. See the confluence of the Rivers, Ribble and Douglas and then carry on the embankment along the River Douglas, look8ng across at where we walked on walk No.2.

Once at Becconsall boat yard we pass an old chapel, Becconsall Old church and then return to where the cars are parked.  

Hundred End is a coastal hamlet, was called Hundred End because it was where the Leland Hundred and West Derby Hundred met. Also, previously a stop on West Lancashire Railway.  

RSPB Hesketh Out marsh was land that had been reclaimed for agriculture, the RSPB has bought it back to let the river take it back to salt marsh to enable birds like pink footed geese, wigeons, red shanks, lapwings and little egrets to feed.  

Becconsall Old church of all saints Hesketh Bank is a redundant church built in 1764 During the 1500’s the local inhabitants faced a long walk the the nearest church at Croston. The most straight forward route would be cut off whenever the River Douglas flooded. This would mean a walk of 5 miles to Rufford Bridge then over a boggy marsh. During the Second World War a bomb fell in the graveyard causing minor damage to the church with shrapnel damage to the gravestones.


Can either get the bus out to the starting point for 9.45 and then return from Hesketh Bank to Preston on the bus or we need volunteers to transfer from car park to starting point, but would need to be at carpark 9.25ish to facilitate transfer.


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