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Destination Croston

Croston is an attractive village in West Lancashire with much to offer the visitor from including walks and a variety of pubs and cafes.

Its name derives from two Old English words ‘cross’ and ‘tun’ and means Town of the Cross. It is unique in that there are no other Crostons in the UK.

Church Street, Croston – photo Doug Elliot,

Croston station is at one end of this attractive village and can be the starting point for some easy strolls along quiet lanes across the former marshes – many in sight or ear shot of the railway! Croston is well served by cafes and pubs – there are at least 5! Close to the station is the Velo Café which is open every day from 1000 to 1500 and close to the parish church is the delightfully named deli ‘Thyme on the Yarrow’.

The station itself is well looked after by the admirable efforts of the Friends of Croston station. Through their efforts there are beautiful bee-friendly floral displays as the two pictures below demonstrate.

Soon a new shelter and ticket vending machine will grace the single platform station.

Exploring could not be easier as there are numerous sign boards around labelled the Croston Heritage Trail and describing the many places of interest you pass as you walk from the station towards the parish church.

At the heart of the village is the cross and the parish church of St Michael and All Angels. The church was founded in the 12th century although the current building owes a lot to a series of major refurbishments carried out in the 19th century. If you are lucky the church will be open so you can take a look inside.  The church is very close to the Yarrow which flows through this part of Croston.

The village itself owes a lot to de Trafford family who once had a pub named after them outside the railway station. Now demolished it is part of the new housing estate. Sadly the family died out in the 1960s.

Getting to Croston by train has never been easier. Trains operate every hour from Preston or Ormskirk (connections to/from Liverpool) on Mondays to Saturdays. Full details of times can be found at National Rail.  An off peak day return from Preston costs £5.70 and from Ormskirk £5.40. (at time of publication) Duo fares are available for two adults travelling together. So why not let the train take the strain and start your exploration of the West Lancashire Line by taking a closer look at Croston?

Essential information:

For train times and live running boards go to www.nationalrail.co.uk

For more information about the line, the work of the West of Lancashire Community Rail Partnership or the Friends of Croston Station go to: https://www.communityraillancashire.co.uk/lines/west-of-lancashire/ or email on: info@communityraillancashire.co.uk