Lancashire

Abbeystead

Abbeystead is a small village in the Forest of Bowland.  The main photographic interest is Abbeystead weir, an impressive horseshoe shaped weir on the River Wyre  built in the 19th century to supply power to mills further down the river.  Today the weir serves no useful purpose, but remains an impressive sight.  The weir is…


Fleetwood Wrecks

The Fleetwood Wrecks are a group of old boats abandoned on Fleetwood marshes, which are  slowly rotting away.  It is possible to walk up to them, but wellingtons are definitely required in the winter months when the ground can become extremely boggy.  Care is also required at high tide as there are some deep channels…


Longton Brickcroft

Longton Brickcroft is a small nature reserve situated in the village of Longton, between Preston and Southport.  The reserve, which is free to visit,  consists of two main pools surrounded by woodland that extends to 11 hectares. The site was one a brickworks factory, hence the name.  We have visited a couple of times, and…


Lytham Green Drive and Witch Wood

Lytham is well known for its windmill and the open space of Lytham Green adjacent to the Ribble Estuary.  Less well known to visitors is that there are two stretches of woodland running through the town that can be combined to make a pleasant stroll.  These are Green Drive and Witch Wood.  We have visited…


Mere Sands Wood

Mere Sands Wood is a small nature reserve set around several lakes, which is operated by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.  The area was originally planted with woodland during the mid 19th century, however there were large amounts of sand deposits which were extracted for industry during the 1970’s and 80’s.  After the sand extraction was…


Spring Wood, Whalley

Spring Wood is a small woodland area just outside Whalley in Lancashire.  As the name suggests, it is best visited in spring, when there is a profusion of bluebells and wild garlic carpeting the ground – one of the best displays in the North West of England. There is a shorter low mobility trail, and…


The Singing Ringing Tree

The Singing Ringing Tree is a sculpture located above the town of Burnley.  It is one of a series of sculptures know as panopticons situated in prominent positions above Lancashire towns.  The sculpture was deigned by Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu and installed in 2006.  It consists of a series of open steel tubes which…


Tiger’s Clough Waterfall

Tiger’s Clough is a small waterfall on the lower slopes of Rivington Pike.  It can be reached by a short walk along the wooded ravine formed by the River Douglas.  This can be a bit muddy in places but is quiet even on a Bank Holiday.  There are two waterfalls in the ravine, the main…


Williamson Park, Lancaster

Williamson Park in Lancaster is a 54 acre public park featuring woodland walks with views towards the Lake District from the highest points.  However the chief interests for photographers is the Ashton Monument and the Butterfly House. The Ashton Monument was built by Lord Ashton in 1909 to commemorate his wife, and its copper dome…