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|The Red Fox Thornton Hough and Brimstage Trail|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 09 Dec 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular pub walk from the Red Fox in Thornton Hough in the Wirral, Merseyside. The Red Fox is a beautiful old brick and sandstone hall with a well-stocked bar at its heart and lots of rooms where you can enjoy a drink or bite to eat. The walking route takes in the two historic villages of Thornton Hough and Brimstage as well as the peaceful areas of parkland and farmland in between. You will have chance to see a range of historic halls and manor houses, plenty of pretty cottages and even a maze of maize. |
The walk is almost entirely flat with just a couple of gentle slopes. The paths follow sections of pavement and also pass through woodland and fields where it can be very muddy underfoot, so good boots are a must. You will need to negotiate some kissing gates plus 3 stiles (all the stiles have gaps alongside/underneath that should be suitable for medium-large dogs to pass through, our standard poodle managed just fine). Whilst most of the fields are arable, three of the fields may be holding cattle at certain times of the year so take care with dogs. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.
Thornton Hough is located on the Wirral Peninsula in Merseyside, about 10 miles from Chester. The walk starts and finishes at the Red Fox on Liverpool Road (B5136), just south of the village itself. The pub has its own large car park. Approximate post code CH64 7TL.
|Start to Village Smithy|
Start point: 53.3104 lat, -3.0542 long
From the Red Fox walk back along the entrance drive to reach the road. Turn left along the pavement and follow this heading north towards the village of Thornton Hough. On the right you will pass the old Thornton Hall, now a spa and hotel. Once the home of wealthy shipping merchants, the Bamford Brothers of Liverpool, it is believed to have been built in the mid 1800s. It was transformed into a hotel in the 1950s and many of its original features remain intact including an ornate mother of pearl embossed ceiling in the Italian Room. Continue past properties on the left and then on the left you will pass an old stone building, once a lodge for the Thornton Manor estate...more of that later.
|Village Smithy to Tree Avenue|
Start point: 53.3202 lat, -3.0475 long
Continue along the pavement passing some pretty cottages and the Women’s Institute on the left. Immediately after the WI you will come to a particularly ornate set of terraced cottages, also on the left. Look up to the roof line and you will see a pair of beautiful intricate brick chimneys and, a little further along, take time to enjoy the stretch of pargetting (decorative external plastering).
|Tree Avenue to Brimstage Hall|
Start point: 53.3282 lat, -3.0475 long
In the next large open field (which may be holding cattle), the path continues at about 1 o’clock. Take a moment to look over to the left and you’ll see the beautiful old buildings of Thornton Manor, the former home of the Viscounts Leverhulme. Over three generations the Manor became a major focal point within the Wirral, regularly welcoming the Queen Mother, celebrities from the stage and television, government officials and CEOs of major institutions. Following the death of the third viscount in 2000, the manor was sold and is today run as a wedding and conference facility.
|Brimstage Hall to Track Crossroads|
Start point: 53.3367 lat, -3.0472 long
Follow the access drive as it bends left to reach the T-junction with the main village road. Turn right along the pavement and follow this until it ends. Keep ahead along the grass verge for just a few more paces and then turn right onto the public footpath signed to Thornton Hough. Pass through the gate into the field (this one may be holding cattle) and go straight ahead following the right-hand edge of the field.
|Track Crossroads to End|
Start point: 53.3298 lat, -3.0345 long
Take the main track directly ahead (ignoring the narrower path just to the right of this which leads into trees). The track soon swings right and then continues between hedgerows. Pass alongside the metal gate and ignore the footpath to the left, instead continue a few more paces and then take the footpath signed to the right. Pass though the wooden kissing gate and follow the path along the left-hand edge of the large crop field.
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A really flat but very enjoyable walk. Opportunity for an ice cream half way round at Brimstage hall and this is worth a visit on its own. If you want to shorten it the walk can be started and finished in Thornton Hough but the pub in town is not as good as the red fox.
|By Lyndslee on 30 May 2015|
Pleasant walk - flat. Excellent instructions, stiles all replaced with kissing gates now.
|By Petelarkin on 29 Jun 2015|
An update is that 7 of the 9 stiles have been replaced by new kissing gates. So much easier for people who find it difficult to climb stiles. perhaps the walk needs updating as a result.
|By GaryB on 29 Jun 2015|
Completed this walk today. Nice walk, just a shame the start and end is along a main road. Would recommend waterproof trousers if it has just rained. Overall a good walk and even better with a nice pint at the Red Fox.
|By kefu on 13 Jul 2015|
I enjoyed this walk, it's very peaceful and there is now a new ice cream shop at brimstage which provides ideal refreshment half way around the walk
|By MichaelFE on 31 May 2016|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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