Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Walk: Little Hoole, Longton Nature Reserve, Longton, Pilot's Cottage Longton Marsh
Start Point: The Dolphin, Marsh Lane, Longton Grid Reference: SD 458 254
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent: 70 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Hot and mainly sunny
Comments: The Dolphin (Flying Fish) appears to be at the start or end of the Ribble Way. The route took the group of around thirty along the embankment of Longton Marsh before crossing fields to join a country lane. Then, passing through pleasant country side, the group saw some of the remnants of the old Preston to Southport line has they headed for Longton Nature Reserve. The reserve is on the site of a former brick croft, the clay holes, now flooded, provide a habitat for many geese and ducks. Continuing into Longton the group took a back route along Back Lane towards 'Pilots Cottage' close to Longton Marsh before using the Ribble Way to return to 'The Dolphin' for lunch. Good weather, a good walk, good food what more can one want?

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Ian relaxes prior to the walk


The start or end of the Ribble Way


On an embankment of Longton Marsh near to the Ribble Estuary


Making Hay while the sun shines


What a lovely body (the car)


A bit of colour


Seen on a seat at Longton Nature Reserve


Ducks and geese resting at Longton Nature Reserve


Returning to The Dolphin for lunch . . .


along the Ribble Way . . .


but these five are not in a hurry

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