Four new courses have been announced for beginners.  It is essential that anyone wishing to join our Nordic Walks, has had the course.  The courses are free and the poles will be provided.

Each 4 hour course is split over 2 days, therefore you must be available for both days when booking a place. Continue reading



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On Monday, 7th December 2015, our last walk before Christmas and of 2015 took place.  The walk, which was led by Brenda McKenzie, commenced outside the Red House pub in Foxhouse Lane, Maghull.  The group were suitably attired for Christmas, having donned Santa hats, reindeer antlers and other decorations.  The red flashing lights and Hi-Viz clothing we wear for safety, also took on a festive look.  The route was designed to pass as many houses as possible that were richly decorated and festooned with Christmas lights.  We also visited the Christmas tree and lights in Maghull square.  Having returned to the Red House, we joined the Foodie and Badminton Groups (all organised by Brenda), in a room reserved especially for us, where we enjoyed some good food, drink, song and conversation.  A good night was had by all.

On behalf of Brenda, John and Myself, may we take this opportunity to wish you all



Please note that the first walk of the New Year will be on Monday, 18th January 2016, when we will once again meet on the car park of Maghull Baptist Church at 6.30pm.


On Monday, 5th October 2015, our Monday night walks will move back to Maghull for the winter. We will be meeting on the car park of Maghull Baptist Church, the same as last year, at the usual time of 6.30pm. The circular walks will be reduced to 1 hour, including exercises and will take place on the footpaths of the well lit roads of Maghull. Please wear light coloured clothing, high-visibility vest or jacket and/or carry a light if you can for safety reasons. Continue reading


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Our summer walks are going well. The numbers attending are strong, consistent and the weather in the main has been good. We have been walking the country lanes and footpaths of Lydiate for an hour and a half each week. We also make good use of the canal and the Cheshire Lines pathways. It is very pleasant being out in the fresh air, on a summers evening, in the countryside, as well as getting the benefit of exercise. It is also good to have a chat as we walk, as the group are very friendly. One week, just for a change, we took the bus to Halsall and walked back to Lydiate along the canal. Everybody in the group enjoys the walking and finds it beneficial. We will always welcome new walkers to the group, but you must have had the (free) Nordic Walking Technique Course before you join us. So if you want a course please lease see details of the new summer courses as advertised in my previous post. Happy Nordic Walking, Ian


Three new training courses have been announced by Sefton Active Walks throughout the summer. Each 4 hour course is split over 2 days. You must attend both days to complete it. The course is aimed at beginners, who wish to come Nordic Walking. To join the walks, you must have completed the technique training course. The courses are free and poles will be provided. There are limited places available on each course (12 places) and they book up quickly.

The new course dates are as follows;

Maghull: Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th July 2015 – 10:00am – 12:00pm
from the Meadows Garden Centre.

Formby: Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st July 2015 – 12:45pm – 2:45pm
from Formby Library

Crosby: Thursday 20th and Friday 21st August 2015 – 10:00am – 12:00pm
from Crosby Leisure Centre

To book a place on the course, please contact the Active Walks Team on (0151) 934 2824

Happy Nordic Walking





The following 4  courses in Nordic Walking Technique, are now available this Spring, for those who wish to join the Nordic Walking Group and have not already received the training.  Each 4 hour course is split over 2 days, therefore you must attend both to complete the course.

Southport:  Saturday 25th April and Sunday 26th April 10:00am – 12:00pm Continue reading



Congratulations to John McKenzie, our latest Walking Group Leader.  John recently attended a training course, provided by Sefton Active Walks, on Tuesday, 24th March 2015, when he qualified as a Walking Group Leader. This means we now have three trained leaders who can lead our Monday walks.  John will be leading his first walk this Monday.


On Sunday, 29th March 2015, together with Brenda McKenzie, we completed the OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWoodlands Hospice Sponsored 5k Bunny Run, through the beautiful grounds of Croxteth Hall Country Park, in aid of Woodlands Hospice.  Continue reading


Our last walk for this year took place on Monday, 15th December 2014.  This time we started and finished the walk at the home of Brenda and John McKenzie in Maghull. Just to make it more festive, some of the walkers sported Santa hats and reindeer antlers with flashing lights.  We must have turned the heads of many passing commuters on their way home.  After a 3 mile circular walk around the Maghull area, taking in the lovely Christmas lights of the houses we passed on our journey, we returned to Brenda’s house for some delicious food and warming glue vine to wash it down.  Some of the food Brenda had prepared herself.  Well she is the leader of the foodie group.  The evening was a great success with some lively conversation and a few jokes thrown in for good measure.

Our first walk of the new year will start from Maghull Baptist church as usual, on Monday 19th December, 2015, at 6:30pm.

For those who want to join us but have not yet had a course, there will be two Nordic Walking Technique Training Courses taking place on the following dates:

Crosby: Monday, 2nd/9th March, 2015, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
from Crosby Leisure Centre (swimming baths).

Southport: Wednesday, 4th/11th March, 2015, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
from Dunes Splash World.

The courses, which are run by Sefton Active Walks, are free of charge.  A qualified Nordic Walking Instructor will train each course and nordic walking poles will be provided at each session. To book your place on a course, please contact the Active Walks Team on (0151) 934 2824 or email

May we take this opportunity to with you all a

Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Ian & Brenda (Walking Group Leaders)


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Now that the nights are getting darker once again, we are moving back to Maghull, where we will walk on well lit streets.  We will meet every Monday night (except public holidays), at Maghull Baptist Church @  6.30pm, for a 1 hour walk.

We had an enjoyable summer, walking through the Lydiate countryside, with some lovely warm and sunny evenings.  The walks were varied and well attended.  One evening in August, by way of a change, we caught the bus to Halsall and walked back to Lydiate along the path of the Liverpool Leeds canal (see photo’s above).

We also had a late summer picnic, after one of our walks in September, with a selection of pizzas in Brenda and John’s garden.  Unfortunately I was away at the time on a U3A holiday and missed all the fun.