Sunday, 14th January 2018

Walk: Stanley Park and Marton Mere Nature Reserve
Start Point: Stanley Park Café, Blackpool Grid Reference: SD 326 359 
Distance: 4.8 mls Ascent: Flat
Time: 2.25 hours
Weather: Very cold but bright and sunny

Twenty two walkers came out today, is that a record? Norman had brought his family of daughter and his three grandchildren. Lovely to see them. The walk set off at 1.30 pm from the Art Deco café, which unfortunately for us, was closed for its annual holiday. We passed the boating lake to view the variety of birds wanting food. We exited the park onto the road opposite the hospital entrance and then entered the Woodland Walk which skirts the southern side of the Golf Course. We read the blue sign on the Second World War Pill Box. The Home Guard defended the aerodrome which was an RAF training centre. The Pill Box was designed by a chemist – hence the name! – a boring bit from Ann not Norman!
The walk has good paths and is well signed to go around Marton Mere. A small section of the path was flooded so we had to make a short detour by ducking under a fence; easy for small people but quite a challenge for the tallest amongst us.
We followed the sign to the Nature Reserve and had our break by the Mere, on the outskirts of the Holiday Village, From here we took good paths back to “The Village” (formerly The DeVere) drive, turned right to cross the road and back through the park, crossing the lake over the decorative bridge.
We arrived back at the car park at 3.50 pm. What a pity the café was closed

Leaving the cafe car park on Stanley Park

Three of the youngest - 6yrs being the junior

Passing the Lake on Stanley Park

A plaque located on a Pill Box in Salisbury Woodland

The youngest three and Mum

Limbo under the fence time - due to a flooded path

The flooded path

New buds - is Spring just around the corner

Awaiting stragglers

An entrance to Marton Mere

A cold day at Marton Mere

Having a rest at Marton Mere

About to continue the walk after the break

Returning to Stanley Park via an ornamental bridge over the Lake

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