It’s National Picnic Week (16th – 25th June 2017), so we thought that we would explore some of the best places to go and have a picnic in our West Lancashire.
It’s set to be a lovely weekend, so why not dust off the old picnic set and head out to one of these places to catch a bit of sunshine?
Hunters Hill (Near Parbold)
This former quarry was reclaimed by the Council who have transformed the area to make the most of its beautiful woodlands, shrubs and rock faces by creating footpaths, wheelchair access, seating and picnic areas as well as scenic viewpoints.
Beacon Country Park (Upholland)
Beacon Country Park consists of over 300 acres of rolling countryside spread across the slopes of Ashurst Beacon between Up Holland, Dalton and Skelmersdale.
The site boasts flowing wildflower meadows, grassland, natural ponds and areas of semi-natural woodland. It commands majestic panoramic views across most of Lancashire with viewpoints overlooking the Lancashire Plain to the west and the Pennine Hills to the east.
An extensive path network means that everyone can explore the park and there is plenty of space to walk, run, ride horses or bicycles, fly kites, or just get away from it all and relax.
Coronation Park (Ormskirk)
Coronation Park – which covers 20 acres of urban green space – is situated right in the centre of Ormskirk.
The park, which was first opened in 1903, holds the prestigious Green Flag award – an accolade that recognises the park’s natural beauty and community involvement.
Fairy Glen (Appley Bridge)
Nestled on the side of Parbold Hill above the rural village of Appley Bridge, Fairy Glen has a tranquil, secluded atmosphere.
The site follows Sprodley Brook which has, over time, cut down through the underlying sandstone to create the steep Fairy Glen valley with spectacular waterfalls and cliff faces. These features, interspersed within the ancient broadleaved woodland, make Fairy Glen one of the most picturesque woodlands in the borough.
Designated as a Biological Heritage Site for its oak, birch, ash and alder, the site boasts a rich and mature woodland biodiversity. There is a wide variety of flora growing at the site and, depending on the season, the woodland floor may be covered with bluebells, wild garlic, ferns, and red campion.
Fairy Glen is a linear site but there are plenty of links to the wider countryside through the local public footpath system, with ample opportunities to find a circular route of a length to suit your needs.
Richmond Park (Burscough)
Situated centrally in the village of Burscough, Richmond Park was established as an open grassland area in 1962 and covers around 6.2 acres of green open space.
The site has a good path network with a number of attractive flower beds and benches and to allow you to sit and enjoy the surroundings. There are two play areas providing recreation for younger children, whilst the football and basketball pitches, and the small skating area, provide something for older children and teenagers to enjoy.
Ruff Wood (Ormskirk)
Ruff Wood is a haven for wildlife and is an ideal spot for quiet walks and contemplation.
The wood covers 19 acres of mixed woodland on the east side of Ormskirk and was donated to the council in 1912 by a local benefactor.
There is a circular path and many link routes around the wood which has Biological Heritage Site status due to the presence of the red squirrel.
Old, gnarled oak and silver birch trees play host to a wide variety of birds and insects, whilst autumn brings many interesting types of fungi.
In the centre of the wood the remains of an old quarry are all that is left of an important site which provided sandstone to build houses in Ormskirk in the 19th century.
Stanley Coronation Park (Skelmersdale)
Stanley Coronation Park benefits from a network of footpaths and seating areas that allow you to get away from the hustle and bustle.
The park boasts a range of recreation facilities including a play area, a full size crown green bowling green complete with an indoor pavilion, outdoor gym equipment and much more – come and take a look for yourself!
Tawd Valley Park (Skelmersdale)
Tawd Valley Park is a hidden jewel in the heart of Skelmersdale. The site surrounds the River Tawd as it meanders its way from Yewdale across a large section of the historic town of Skelmersdale through to Cobbs Clough Brow.
‘The Tawd’ is a large country park and a haven for a wide variety of wildlife. You often see birds of prey soaring above the meadows and Kingfishers, Dippers and Wagtails patrolling the river banks.
There is an extensive path network and walking around the site you can find plenty of evidence of the area’s history, with the ruins of an old mill, millponds and capped mineshafts, providing echoes of the industrial age.
At Tawd Valley Park you can easily spend several hours wandering around the meadows and woodlands, enjoying the wildlife, relaxing and getting away from it all – come along and see for yourself!
If you want to know more about the upcoming plans for Tawd Valley, see the latest update on the Consultation here http://westlancsbuzz.org/tawd-valley-park-consultation/