A Winter Walk around Brockholes Nature Reserve

A Winter Walk around Brockholes Nature Reserve

A couple of weeks ago we visited Brockholes, a local nature reserve, on a frosty afternoon.

Our walk started from the Floating Visitors’ Centre.  Yes Floating !

400 tonnes of wood and concrete float on a pontoon in the middle of the lake.

The design and construction are fascinating to read about and information can be found here as I can’t begin to describe or explain how it all works.

There should be a sense of mysterious discovery through the reeds that inspires people to come and explore,” says Adam Khan, as we walk along a curving path that cleverly frames glimpses of the rooftops between landscaped beams. “We wanted the building to sit like a creature with its nose poking out of the foliagearchitect Adam Khan


Visitors Centre Brockholes LWT Preston Floating

Visitors Centre Brockholes ©HelenBushe


One of the trails follows part of the Ribble Way:

Ribble Way Signpost Brockholes Nature Reserve

Ribble Way Signpost ©HelenBushe


This part of the trail can also accommodate cyclists:

The Trail

The Trail ©HelenBushe


The cycle trail veers off uphill before Boilton Woods, keeping the woods tranquil for both walkers and wildlife:

Bolton Woods Brockholes nature reserve

Boilton Woods ©HelenBushe


Out of the woods we walked on the boardwalks through the reedbeds:

Frost on the Boardwalk Brockholes Nature Reserve

Frost on the Boardwalk©HelenBushe


We saw lots of  waterfowl, woodland birds, a couple of  birds of prey , a vole and a few grey squirrels.

After a couple of hours walking and talking it was back to the restaurant in the Visitors’ Centre for cake and coffee which we enjoyed whilst watching the ducks swim right up to the full-length windows.

Details about Lancashire Wildlife’s Trust’s nature reserve at Brockholes can be found here.

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