Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

Walk: Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve
Start Point: Hesketh Arms, Rufford Grid Reference: SD 460 155
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent: <100 feet
Time: 2.5 hours    
Weather: Sunny with passing cloud, but quite windy. Cool.
Comments: After passing through the wood we were in wide open country. All the fields here are for crops and this is done on an industrial scale. It was a change from the normal type of Lancashire walk, with plenty of opportunity to look at a distant horizon and a very big sky. 21 people took part.

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Swathes of lettuce near Mere Sands Wood


It's back breaking work harvesting this crop


Rape growing alongside Rufford Boundary Sluice


The leader checks on his followers at Sandy Way


Windmill Animal Farm in the distance - A day trip for school children


Brassicas growing on Tarlscough Moss


Follow this sign to Martin Mere Nature Reserve


One of the many drainage ditches on the Moss


A queue of prospective purchasers


A few swallows made an appearance but not a single curlew showed its face


On Curlew Lane


Preparing the soil . . .


for this machine to sow the seed


Protecting the brassicas - with wind playing on it, it resembled a seething sea

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