Freshfield Dune Heath and RAF Woodvale

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This short walk, that I do at least once a week, is known locally almost exclusively by dog-walkers. You make your way from Freshfield Station (or the Freshfield Hotel) onto an area of land adjoining the airfield; this has good views of the Pennines in clear weather. It is a very easy walk to follow and has a lot of interest. In January 2007 the Wildlife Trust acquired from the MoD the large area of dune heathland which the walk includes. The main feature of the site is the lowland heather, which is now a rarity, and the wildlife that it supports. It is worth spending some time there with binoculars or a flower guide, as there is a lot to find. In 2015 new information boards were erected giving information about plants, birds and insects and also about the airfield. This includes a list of the aircrew who lost their lives there, a third of them Polish.

England - North England - Merseyside - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Tea Shop, Wildlife

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