Public Transport based walk with David Littlemore & Mark Roper.
WALK LEADERS MEETING AT WALK START
This is your chance to visit two nature reserves on the flat West Lancashire Plain! We begin by walking along the canal to reach Mere Sands Wood for a picnic stop. After a circuit of Mere Sands Wood we later go past Martin Mere. Whilst we will get to see a part of Martin Mere on this walk, the walk does not enter Martin Mere since there is an entry fee (see below). For those who wish to visit all of Martin Mere, you will be able to cut the walk short and it's easy to self navigate back to New Lane Station less than a mile away from Martin Mere. For those who choose to remain on the walk, we will continue a circular route and there will be a pub stop 2 miles after Martin Mere, at about 9 miles in, and a further pub stop at the end!
Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport
We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.
10:00: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 10:22. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.
Return to Burscough Bridge for £7.50 (or £11.20 for a Duo ticket if two travelling together). If you intend to cut the walk short & visit Marin Mere then a Return to New Lane for £7.70 is recommended (or £11.50 for a Duo ticket if two travelling together).
10:22: Train departs for the walk start at Burscough Bridge Train Station.
11:18: Walk starts at Burscough Bridge Train Station.
Return from Burscough Bridge Train Station. 16:32 Pic, 17:07 Vic, 17:33 Pic, 18:07 Vic, 18:30 Pic. (If visiting Martin Mere then return from New Lane at 17:04 Vic, 18:04 Vic, 18:28 Pic)
Waypoints: Burscough Bridge, Leeds & Liverpool Canal (Rufford Branch), Mere End, Mere Sands Wood, Curlew Lane, Martin Mere, Derby Farm, Martin Lane, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Burscough Wharf
This walk is rated as moderate due to the distance involved. There are virtually no ascents!
The entry fee for Martin Mere is £9.50, although you'll get a £1 discount with a train ticket. Note that if you choose to end the walk early and visit Martin Mere then you will need to self navigate back to New Lane train station. The station is easy to find and is less than 1 mile away from the entrance of Martin Mere and directions will be provided.
Details on Mere Sands Wood:
Details on Martin Mere:
It's recommended that any keen birdwatchers bring binoculars!
For anyone considering the Martin Mere visit the aim is to reach Martin Mere before 3:30pm so that you have at least 2 hours to go round. Martin Mere shuts at 5:30pm and there's a train at 6:04pm that you should be able to catch, but if there's a disaster with the trains the sunset is at 6:30pm so please bring a torch in case if you're thinking of visiting Martin Mere!