Wednesday, 1st September 2010




Walk: Little Hoole Moss, Much Hoole Moss, Cocker Bar, Moss Side and Midge Hall
Start Point: Midge Hall Grid Reference: SD 509 230
Distance: 5.7 miles Ascent: 200 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Wall to wall sunshine and quite warm
Comments: The fist day of September, and the schools have gone back - so the sun came out and warmed the backs of thirty two ramblers who had chosen to be led across Little Hoole Moss where thousands of lettuce are grown. After lettuce the group walked through the stubble of recently harvested fields and then on to pass through a wood at Much Hoole Moss where Paint Ball games are enacted. At Cocker Bar the group crossed the Preston to Ormskirk railway track and for a short while walked along a busy road before disappearing into a hedge and over a stile into pastureland. The stile is now in need of repair because one of the rails snapped when stood on. Passing through a couple of fields or so, the group emerged on to the busy road again before crossing it to get to Oxen House Farm. Crossing Longmeanygate, the path then followed the perimeter of some allotments before continuing on a somewhat overgrown path on the outer perimeter of the former Leyland Motors Test Track. Crossing Longmeanygate again the path followed Jane Lane for a short while before leaving it to cross a couple of fields and pass through an establishment that kept unusual animals. Shortly after some more nettle bashing the group arrived back at The Midge Hall Public House where they enjoyed a meal and quenched their thirst.

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On the track for Little Hoole Moss . . .


where lots of lettuce are grown


Who's this odd looking chap?


A recently harvested field on Little Hoole Moss


A golden crop awaiting the combine harvester


On the way to Much Hoole Moss


Winter bedding for cattle


Hay-making on the 1st September at Cocker Bar


A overgrown footpath on the perimeter of the former Leyland Motors Test Track


Dangerous beasties


One of several - are they Puff Balls?

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