Running through the heart of Skelmersdale. Tawd Valley Park follows the course of the River Tawd through open meadow and woodlands.
I didn't take a picture of the Bandstand, just beyond the Concourse, although I was tempted to get the camera out, if only to show the disgraceful state it is in.This end of the Valley Trailwas in great need of care and attention; it had been impressive once upon a time but... it is very sad to see now.
Signs, if they ever existed, had been damaged, removed, burnt or, as suggested were never there. Once away from the Concourse (Shopping/swimming pool/library/walk-in NHS/ etc.), we could enjoy the open spaces and take a relaxing walk on a Sunday in the sun. Yes I did say sun! Litter was no longer apparent and we walked through the first part of the park, called Wildlife on your Doorstep. A route through an area of natural beauty rich in a wide variety of trees, wildflowers, butterflies, squirrels (1) and birds.
The second part, Heritage of the Tawd, took us through the recent history of the valley; remains/features left over from the mining and cotton industries which helped develop Skem.
As you can see from the image, Chris decided to check my Physics knowledge; I said it is deeper than it looks, she tested it and who was correct? I rest my case...
A detour had to be made on the loop back as a complete bridge (not the only one) was missing (hence the wet foot). This far end is entitled Geological Discovery but why we are not sure. The woodland, at the back of Our Lady Queen of Peace High School and Lathom High School, is a disgrace! the amount of litter, broken bottles, cans etc., unbelievable. I'll let you draw your own conclusions about why this area in particular was so bad.
Just a bit further on from the waterfall another bridge had been destroyed so a detour up onto Glenburn Road was needed before we could make our way back to the start.
Apart form the two areas mentioned the walk was enjoyable; open spaces, lots of flora and fauna and the noise of running water. That plus sunshine and a quick visit to Martin Mere for food and drinks (Chris hoped to see the beavers) completed another pleasant walk in Lancashire.
The route taken can be seen at http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=1159969
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