On track for town walk

Launch of a new St Annes walk starting at the train station.  Pictured are coun Ed Nash, coun Tony Ford and mayor Viv Willder.
Launch of a new St Annes walk starting at the train station. Pictured are coun Ed Nash, coun Tony Ford and mayor Viv Willder.
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The first in a new series of Fylde railway walks has been launched.

Designed and developed by the Community Rail Partnership, which works to promote the South Fylde Railway Line, the Rail Trails are designed to be self-guided but walks led by a guide are planned as each new trail is launched.

The walks are part of an on-going programme of partnership working with Lytham St Annes Civic Society to provide opportunities for visitors to find out more about towns and stations on the South Fylde Line route. The walks are being advertised at stations along the line.

The first walk, launched by St Annes town mayor Coun Viv Willder and her deputy Coun Ed Nash, begins and ends at St Annes station and has been adapted from the already-established St Annes town trail by Coun Tony Ford, who chairs the South Fylde Line Community Rail Partnership.

A walk beginning at Lytham Station, and taking walkers through the town, including around Lytham Hall and finishing at Ansdell and Fairhaven station, is launched on July 3.

Other trails in the pipeline include one which starts at Ansdell and Fairhaven station and finishes at St Annes and a town trail which begins and ends at Lytham Station.

Coun Ford said: “The walks will provide people with an easy-to-follow guide which will enable them to gain an appreciation of places of interest along the route of the railway line”