Sit back and relax while our reporter Jean Friend takes you on a journey around a beautiful nature spot in Bolton.
We are blessed in Greater Manchester having easily accessible green spaces.
Reservoirs in the county attract lots of visitors whether it be for a gentle stroll, dog walk, a jog or other form of exercise.
Not having to drive to a beauty spot is an added advantage and when the train takes the strain and there’s a pub at the beginning of the walk the only extra one can hope for is a sunny day and a warm breeze.
The Rochdale to Clitheroe tree provided me and my partner with a very cheap trip to Entwistle on a beautiful day. A GM bus pass meant that I could get from my door to Bromley Cross on bus, tram and train for free. Entwistle is one stop outside the area covered by the bus pass but the £3.90 return to Victoria for two of us hardly broke the bank.
The important thing to remember is that Entwistle station is a request stop. This was not great for anxiety levels but I did manage to ask the conductor to stop the train.
It was great to see ‘The Strawberry Duck’ pub was up and running because last time I was around here the pub was boarded up.
We fought the urge to go in as we had made butties and headed for the lake.
Entwistle Reservoir was constructed in 1832 and along with lovely named Wayoh Reservoir provides Bolton with 50 per cent of its water.
Many of the waterways, lakes and reservoirs of the North West attract the primitive-looking Cormorants who enjoy the fishy food that the water provides. Unfortunately, my camera lens wasn’t big enough to pick out those on the lake taking a break.
The lake is surrounded by trees, however many of the pine woods have been cleared and may be replaced with native species such as Mountain Ash.
The fir trees catch the wind and their green-grey needles still make them an attractive species.
Mixed woods and moorland areas attract many bird species. Most of them were being very allusive but we heard Ravens, a Buzzard and Gold Crests.
Whether it was the weather or just that northerners are naturally friendly but everyone that we passed had a smile and said hello.
There are lots of benches dedicated to loved ones no longer here so it was easy to rest at various intervals one being at the Wader, a sculpture of a Heron.
On the base of this stood a group of crows one being black and white. This condition is called Bird Leucism and occurs in many species.
As we headed for the end of the walk it was clear that we would miss the 16:03 train so there was only one thing to do but to have a Dandelion and Burdock in the Strawberry Duck, but we had to remember to wave the train down at Entwistle’s request stop.
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