An annual walking challenge, which this year visits parks across Sefton, is back by popular demand.

The Every Park Counts event takes in 42 public green spaces, covering 48 miles over four Wednesdays throughout the summer.

It is free to take part and every walker has their ‘Park Passport’ stamped at each location to prove they have completed the challenge.

Stephanie Boote, Active Sefton Walks Co-ordinator based with Sefton Council, said: “This is a fairly challenging event but walking will be at a steady pace and it is certainly not a race! There will be walk leaders at the front, middle and back of the group to marshal the entire route.

“As each leg starts at 10.30am, and will last up to 5 hours, people need to bring a packed lunch and plenty of water. The majority of the route will be along pavements although the walk leaders will try to include softer ground where possible.”

The first leg travels from Bootle Oriel Road Station to Aintree Station on July 11. This is followed by Ainsdale Station to Crossens (bus stop) on July 18, and Seaforth Station to Maghull Station on August 22. The final stage travels from Seaforth Station to Duke Street Park, Formby, on August 29.For more information, call 0151 934 2824.

* An evening walk also takes place on Thursday, July 5, from Freshfield Station to Ainsdale, starting at 6.30pm. The event is designed to introduce people to new and existing footpaths and is organised by Public Rights of Way officers.

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