Martin Mere - Mere Sands Wood and Burscough Junction Station

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Two of my favourite local walks are 1305 (Mere Sands Wood) and 1374 (Martin Mere and Burscough) but I had never linked them. This walk does that, starting at Martin Mere, going north to Mere Sands Wood and from there to the Rufford Branch of the Leeds - Liverpool Canal. This is followed back to Burscough Bridge Railway Station, where there is a new gate directly onto the footpath from the platform; the walk can thus be started here. A local leaflet, Burscough Themed Walks (Wetlands and Waterways) covers much of this area, although I did not follow any of the routes in it. Of importance to me though, is the fact that a greatly improved signposting system has accompanied the leaflet and even includes some permissive paths that are not on the OS map. There are no stiles at all on this flat route which gives fine views of the West Pennine Hills.

England - North England - Lancashire - Canal Walk


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Play Area, Public Transport, Restaurant, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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