Wednesday, 15th June 2011




Walk: Staining, Stanley Park and Marton Mere
Start Point: The Plough at Staining Grid Reference: SD 349 361
Distance: 5 mls Ascent: Level
Time: 2.5 hours    
Weather: Warm but overcast with sunny intervals
Comments: This urban walk commenced at The Plough at Staining and twenty four people took part. After crossing the Blackpool/Lancashire boundary the group used field paths and surfaced paths passing between two golf courses to reach Salisbury Woodland. Salisbury Woodland is situated between Blackpool Zoo and Blackpool Victoria Hospital. In the woodland is a World War Two Pill Box complete with blue plaque. Crossing East Park Drive the party entered Stanley Park where they were able to view its flora and amenities. The café appears to be of the Art Deco era. After refreshments the party re-crossed East Park Drive heading for Marton Mere. It is said that this area of open land is a former war time airfield. Walking along the periphery of the mere the group headed back for Lancashire and lunch at The Plough. A good walk in a pleasant urban but green area. Thank you leader.

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Norman orating prior to departure


The Plough at Staining


A windmill at Staining


But where do they take you to?


This sign is a short distance from Blackpool Victoria Hospital


Salisbury Woodland


A relic of World War Two


A plaque attached to the Pill Box


Still in Salisbury Woodland


Welcome to Stanley Park


No music today


Taking a closer look at the bandstand


The Cafe on the park (Art-Deco)


Fountain playing in the park


Five merry munchers


An out of sync clock


Off to Marton Mere


Some residents of Marton Mere


Information about Marton Mere


Tower(ing) above the mere



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