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Moore Nature Reserve

Difficulty
Moderate
Distance
4.7 miles / 7.5 km
Time
2h 00m
Start
Moore Lane Bridge
Map
OS Explorer 276 Bolton, Wigan & Warrington
Terrain
Mixed surfaces
Barriers
One stile, six wide kissing gates and four flights of steps
Accessibility
Category 5 Explain
Toilets
None
Contact

Ranger: 01925 444689

Since 1991, this site has been managed as a nature reserve, having been previously used for agricultural and quarrying purposes. The reserve, cared for by wardens from the Waste Recycling Group Limited, has extensive wooded, meadow and wetland areas and five large lakes. A total of nine bird hides and viewpoints make wildlife more accessible and easier to see up close.

The reserve is a fantastic place for bird watching. All five species of British Owl and all three species of woodpecker can be spotted as well as a whole host of other resident and visiting species.

Come in the spring or summer to find wildflowers and a range of dragonflies or during the autumn and keep your eyes open for a variety of fungi.

  1. Coming from Moore Lane and crossing the bridge into the nature reserve, turn right on to the footpath immediately after the crossroads.

  2. By the corner of Birchwood Pool, follow the path with the pool to the left (ie. turn right).

  3. Stop at thishide or continue forward past Birch Wood.

  4. Turn left to visit the hide or continue forward to join a track and skirt the edge of Pump House Pool.

  5. Turn left to visit thehide or continue on the route, passing the lagoon

  6. Turn sharp left on to a footpath, continue along the old canal to a track.

  7. Turn left

  8. Continue past the hide to return to the track between points 4 & 5.

  9. Turn right.

  10. Turn right down the steps when you reach point 4 again.

  11. At point 2, turn right instead of left.

  12. Bear left and you will rejoin the canal.

  13. At the junction with the road, turn right. The feeding station is straight on through the gate, but the route follows the road round to the left.

  14. Turn left off the road and follow the path along the edge of the wood, thenturn right to rejoin the old canal route.

  15. Take the second left and continue along the path, passing Lapwing Lake and anotherhide before arriving back at Moor Lane Bridge.