Kirkby Moss

2.2 miles / 3.6 km
1h 00m
Acornfield Road, Knowsley Industrial Park, Kirkby
OS Explorer 275 Liverpool
Mostly level but some unsurfaced paths
Two stiles and two kissing gates
Category 5 Explain

Knowsley Borough Council: 0151 443 3682

Shown on a map of Kirkby in 1769, Acornfield Plantation is one of the few remaining woods of the original Manor of Kirkby.

Oak, birch and alder trees form the major part of the wood along with beech and Scots pine which were planted for timber production during the last century.

The lowland basin mire in the centre of the site is dominated by sphagnum moss and soft rush and is typical of how the pre-agricultural Kirkby mossland must have been.

  1. Take the path into the plantation from Acornfield Road in between Gores Road and Charley Wood Road.

  2. Turn left at Perimeter Road.

  3. Take the second track on the right.

  4. After the gate at the end of the field turn right, crossing two stiles.

  5. Bear left to join Sandy Brow Lane.

  6. Turn right at Molly's Lane.

  7. Turn right just before the roundabout on to Perimeter Road again.

  8. Take the first left, Spinney Road and then pass through the kissing gate on the right into the woods. Bear left, then right then left near the next kissing gate, straight on at the next, then right on nearing Acornfield Road to return to the start.