This walk begins in Croxteth Hall Country Park. It's the heart of was once a great country estate stretching hundreds of square miles and was the ancestral home of the Molyneux family, the Earls of Sefton. After the death of the last Earl it was given to the City of Liverpool.
As well as Croxteth Park itself, the Country Park is also home to a real working Home Farm, a Victorian Walled Garden and a 500 acre nature reserve - all open to the public. It's an excellent place to explore to see wildlife and hints of a forgotten feudal past.
The hall is open to visitors, who find themselves stepping back in time to an era of opulence. The lives of both the 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' inhabitants of the hall during its heyday are revealed in fascinating detail. The estate is still a working farm, with livestock that will delight youngsters. A quiet stroll around the Walled Garden reveals the ingenuity of bygone gardeners - heated 'flue' walls, ornate fruit trees, a mushroom house and exotic fruit in greenhouses.
The walk then takes you through Littlewood - one of Knowsley's oldest woods. It surrounds the coach road which once linked Croxteth Hall with nearby Knowsley Hall, now cut off on the other side of the M57. Littlewood is mostly oak, with attractive spring flowers including red campion and interesting fungi and insect life.
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