It's not very often we do a completely flat walk - but on the Lancashire coastal plain there are very few hills. Here pleasant footpaths link the Cheshire Lines former railway with the Leeds Liverpool Canal, and the highlight is the ruined St Katherine's Chapel. This walk needs so little energy that with two pubs, a farmhouse tea, and absolutely no ascent, you'll weigh more at the finish than when you started.
LOCATION: Three miles north of M57, Junct 7.
START: Lydiate. Turn left off A5147 down Station Rd & Punnell's Lane then straight on to Lancs Cycleway car park
Grid ref: SD356043 Postcode: L31 4EU
DISTANCE: 5.5 miles
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: Explorer - Southport & Chorley Landranger 108
REFRESHMENTS: Pubs & cafe
EN ROUTE: Trans Pennine Trail
This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News