My walk last week was once again a local one, venturing just a few miles up the coast.
I started the walk from Formby Railway Station and after a short section of road walking I joined a path signposted Hightown. I followed this for a short distance before turning right to follow the path that led alongside the perimeter fence of the Altcar Rifle Range. Thankfully they were not firing today and it was all peaceful and quiet.
This led me to Cabin Hill National Nature Reserve. Cabin Hill used to be the largest sand dune on this part of the Sefton coastline and was used as a landmark by shipping heading for Liverpool. A large amount of sand was removed between 1940 and 1960. In 1970 a flood bank was created to protect the low lying land behind the dunes from tidal surges. This created wet slacks on either side which can be a haven for wildlife.
There are a variety of habitats. The mobile dunes, the fixed dunes and the wet slacks. The mobile dunes are home to the rare tiger beetle and the sand lizard, neither of which I have ever seen.
I had expected to see some Grass of Parnassus but could not find any. With hardly any rainfall in the past month the wet slacks had almost dried out. I had to be content with looking at some of my images from a couple of years ago.
My route then led me through some woodland to reach Albert Road. It was then just a short distance back to Formby Station and a welcome pint before returning home.
Only four miles but good to be out.