The Rimrose Valley

3.7 miles / 5.9 km
1h 30m
Seaforth and Litherland railway station
OS Explorer 275 Liverpool
Mostly level but some unsurfaced paths
Two / -shaped squeeze gaps and three flights of steps
Category 5 Explain
Public convenience, Sefton Street, Litherland

Sefton Public Rights of Way Team: 0845 140 0845

The Rimrose Valley, running north-south between Crosby and Litherland, forms a green finger of countryside into the urban area. The valley formed due to localised faulting and erosion of the sandstone strata. During the last 1.6 million years deposits of sand, peat, alluvium and boulder clay have built up over parts of the valley. The valley being liable to flood was not settled but was farmed from the higher land at the valley edges. During the 20th century farming retreated northwards and much of the land has been subject to tipping and areas have been set aside as allotments and recreation grounds. In consequence only parts of the southern and northern valley sections have a natural feel.

The valley has now entered a new era under the management of Sefton's Coast and Countryside Ranger Service which will help protect and enhance the nature conservation and amenity value of the valley.

Ambitious schemes have transformed the valley with footpaths, bridges, boardwalks and tree planting and an existing wetland at Brookvale has been enhanced as a Local Nature Reserve with reed warblers already in residence.

Photo © McCoy Wynne

  1. Cross the footbridge from the station car park.

  2. Turn underneath the railway bridge.

  3. Take the path on the left.

  4. Bear right then left.

  5. Cross the footbridge over Rimrose Brook.

  6. Recross the brook (bearing left).

  7. Bear right where the path forks.

  8. Turn right on the tarmaced path and cross Rimrose Brook for a third time.

  9. Climb the steps on the left.

  10. Turn left at the crossroads.

  11. Bear right where the main path bends to the left.

  12. Bear left at the next junction.

  13. Turn left just before reaching the edge of the housing estate.

  14. Turn left down the road then take the path on the right just before the junction.

  15. Turn right at the crossroads.

  16. Bear right at the next junction of surfaced paths.

  17. Bear right on nearing the canal.

  18. Turn right along the towpath.

  19. After passing under Church Road (the dual carriageway), turn right on to Bridge Road.

  20. Turn right at the end then take the second exit at the roundabout to return to the station.