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

 

Nature

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