Brockholes – The “Unreserved” Reserve

By: JohnnyTomorrow

Oct 29 2011

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Category: Brockholes, Photography, Travel


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What to do on a sunny October half term day in Lancashire?

Brockholes Wetlands nature reserve lies just (literally) off junction 31 of the M6 motorway in Preston and provides a unique day out for nature lovers of all ages.

At it’s heart is the stunning visitor centre (above) built of wood and other sustainable materials which houses shops, a restaurant, activity rooms and a conference centre. Quite apart from the way this collection of buildings looks, by far the most amazing things about it is that it actually floats on the water like a giant raft. It is only accessible via one of two wooden walkways which, without handrails, really give you the feeling that you are walking out into the centre of the lakes itself.

The reserve itself is till maturing but already there are a range of walks available around the old gravel pits which have been redesigned and laid out in such a way as to attract a huge range of wetland birds. The “reserve walk” takes around an hour to an hour and a half to complete and circles almost the entire reserve. One of the highlights is the beautiful Boilton Woods at the far end of the reserve itself.

The restaurant serves a good range of hot and cold meals with children’s meals also available. You can sit at your table right on the edge of the water and watch the moor hens and ducks swim right past you. In the shop you can find a range of locally produced foods and gift to take home. There is also a large programme of events planned throughout the year so check out the website for what’s on. If you are there with children that there is also a range of activities for them to get involves in. When we visited there was pumpkin carving and Spooky Creatures to be made as a Halloween decoration.

To top it all off, entry to the reserve is free although there is a charge for parking.

If you’re looking for an alternative day out or just passing I can fully recommend a visit, Brockholes is open:

April to October 10am-5pm

November to March 10am-4pm

As ever there are other pictures and more information available to view by clicking on the arrows.

Feel free to leave any comments as they are always welcome.

2 comments on “Brockholes – The “Unreserved” Reserve”

  1. I was very surprised to see that this was in England. Looks awesome!

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