On the edge of the Lancashire coast, not far from the historic seafaring port of Liverpool, lies the National Trust’s newly developed Asparagus Walking Trail. Stretch your legs, fill your lungs with salty sea air and discover more about the once highly-coveted Formby asparagus.
- A gentle walking trail
- Take a picnic
- Discover Formby’s asparagus story
- Watch it being harvested
Enjoy a gentle woodland stroll and picnic in the pine woods
The Formby walking trail was newly opened in 2015 to commemorate the local asparagus trade and all those who pioneered it. The trail is made up of 2.8 miles of easy walking through spectacular pine woods, open fields, broadleaf forests and golden sand dunes. It passes both historical and active asparagus fields and, at key points, invites you to stop at life-sized carved wooden statues, listening points and information boards.
Discover the dying art of traditional asparagus farming
Treat yourself to a spear or two of sweet buttered asparagus
- The asparagus harvest traditionally runs from St George’s Day in April until the summer solstice six weeks later
- This walk is ideal for wheelchairs and buggies as the incline is only slight
- If you love asparagus, make a date for the annual Asparagus Festival in Worcestershire. It’s held at The Fleece Inn, a National Trust pub
- Take time to visit Crosby beach to see Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’. This permanent art installation consists of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometres of the foreshore, stretching almost one kilometre out to sea
Asparagus is soaringly high in folic acid, antioxidants, vitamin C and is even a reported aphrodisiac (oh la la). For a simple supper, griddle asparagus spears, cherry tomatoes and slices of salty halloumi cheese and drizzle with olive oil
WHERE TO STAY
The Vincent Hotel & Spa in Southport – a boutique hotel with modern decor, spa facilities, restaurant and bar.
Hope Street Hotel in Liverpool – a contemporary and minimalist hotel in the heart of Liverpool with an award-winning restaurant