Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston

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On Easter Sunday 2011, Brockholes opened its doors after many years of preparation. The site, at Junction 31 on the M6, where it crosses the Ribble and the A59, had long been a disused sand and gravel quarry. Now it has many more landscaped lakes, a floating village with Visitor Centre, shops and restaurant, bird hides, waymarked paths and a lot of new planting. The buildings on the site are all floating, as this is a flood-plain and this has its advantages as you can have coffee while watching swallows skim over the water outside the huge windows. Only one public right of way runs through the site and I have used this to plan a circular walk that goes outside the reserve and back, crossing the motorway twice and going into further heritage woodland. Most of the route is easy underfoot, although there is one climb and one steep descent. At the bottom of the hill, Waymark 12, a new path was being constructed and you must expect changes here; it would help if any information were placed on the comments section of the walk.

England - North England - Lancashire - Ribble Valley


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Nature Trail, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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