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Brian M


Largely an easy flat walk about 10.7km / 6.6miles with most paths surfaced. A small section is earth footpath which can get muddy.

The walk has four parts and is a demonstration as to the work done reclaiming waste and industrial spoil land back for nature:

• Risley Moss is original untouched moss land and peat bog, now a nature reserve.

• Birchwood Forest Park formerly occupied by the Royal Ordnance Factory 

• Gorse Covert reserve links the Forest Park with

• A new and unnamed nature reserve which was the main dump for Warrington is south of Culcheth which I discovered by accident. Bring binoculars: you may see the pair of nesting buzzards which have taken residence.

Unfortunately, no cafe/pub points so bring you own refreshments.

Start Point and Time

Risley Moss Visitor Centre at 12.30pm

Directions to Start

At J11 on the M62, turn on to the A574/Birchwood Way. After about 1km turn left at the first set of lights onto Moss Gate road. Following the brown signs, after 2 islands you should see the entrance to the reserve and the visitor centre. The car park is free.

Nearest post code WA3 6QX / OS SJ664920


On the day, contact Brian on 07855197607