Time: 1 ½ - 2 ½ hours
Map: OS Explorer 285 Southport & Ormskirk
a mix of commercial and residential buildings. Keep ahead over the railway
and join a track through a green kissing gate next to a metal one. Continue along a fenced track with fields left and right. 200yds after the railway turn right through a wooden kissing gate
and cross the field to a wooden stile
leading into a strip of woodland. Cross the strip into a large field. Follow the path to a kissing gate on the farm track leading down to Mill Dam Farm to the left. Turn left onto the track and then soon after pass a barn on the right turn right onto a footpath
leading back into fields. The path leads alongside Abbey Brook and then crosses it
to reach a large grassy area with a forbidding sign about keeping to the path. This leads left and then right alongside Abbey Farm
to a drive on its far side. On this stretch you may have already caught a glimpse of all that remains of Burscough Priory - two impressive piers that once supported the roof. Better access can be achieved by turning immediately left on the drive of a private house and following it to the enclosure containing the ruins.
Returning to the walk follow he drive through the caravan park
to join a lane. Turn left noting the site of the ancient priory cross on the left
and walk along the lane to reach Abbey Bridge.
On the far side turn right on a footpath that follows Sefton Brook to the right.
Keep ahead when the path makes an obvious turn to the right and continue to a stile
leading to a path crossing woodland to another and the grounds of a large house. Keep to the right of the tennis court
and aim for a corner where the drive ends with a pair of large gates. Here a fenced path
to the right of the drive will allow you to circumvent this barrier. Once beyond it cross a bridge and soon after join Sandy Lane at its junction with Lathom Lane.
Turn right into Lathom Lane.
This is named "Lady's Walk" on the OS map. When the track turns left to the farm keep ahead alongside a hedge
crossing the line of a disused railway and recent pipeline operation and continue to Cross Hall Farm.
When you reach it follow its drive to Wigan Road (A577).
Cross the road to join a path slightly to the right and follow this to reach Ruff Wood.
Sign boards will help you orientate yourself as you go through the trees
to arrive on Ruff Lane. Turn right for Ormskirk.