Sunday, 21st December 2014

Walk: Leeds Liverpool Canal, Burscough, Mere Sands Wood, Leeds Liverpool Canal
Start Point: Parbold Grid Reference:

SD 491 105

Distance: 14 miles Ascent: 200 feet
Time: 6 hours
Weather: Dry

7 walkers enjoyed this rather different walk for the strenuous group as there was virtually no ascent as we crossed this very flat Lancashire landscape.

The day started rather bizarrely. Pat removed all her gear from the car, but when she came to put on her left gaiter it had disappeared. First there were two and then there was one!
After a short delay we set off by following the Leeds & Liverpool canal to Burscough. From here we headed off across fields to Mere Sands Wood then on to re-join the canal back to Parbold.

For many, canal walking can be rather boring, but that was not the case here as there were many interesting landmarks and features we passed on this canal stretch to hold our interest and stimulate conversation. Unfortunately, no one in the group had a camera so no photo’s could be taken! (Two photos from a previous walk here have been included)

This area of Lancashire contains some of the richest and fertile farmland in the country and it wasn’t long before we saw evidence of this as we passed large fields of high quality turf being grown by the side of the canal which was suitable for any golf course.

There were also crops of carrots and leeks which were still being harvested and replanted on the farmland we crossed as we headed out to Mere Sands. Due to this harvesting there was almost a continual leek fragrance in the air throughout the day.

About a mile out of Burscough we reached our only ‘summit cairn’ a large pile of stones conveniently placed near the road side. This was ideal for our 11’s stop and as we passed around Christmas cake you could just imagine what the owners of the nearby property must have been thinking as they listened to a group of grown adults sitting on a pile of stones singing happy birthday to you!  Happy Birthday Tony.

Mere Sands turned out to be a perfect lunch stop as we were kindly offered the use of the conference theatre with soft chairs and hot soup on offer for a pound a mug. Car parking here is by honesty box, so this is an ideal starting point for moderate and easy walks.

Leeds to Liverpool Canal


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