Brockholes is a relatively new nature reserve in the Ribble Valley. The approach offers your first glimpse of the stunning floating visitor world; a cluster of buildings constructed largely of wood, centred on a huge lake. It resembles an ancient marshland village. Imagine the joy of my children when they realised that access to the village is via a series of basic wooden walkways across the water!
The land around the lake (120 football pitches in size!) was rescued from development by The Lancashire Wildlife Trust. Now you will see restoration of the wetlands, creation of ponds, seeding of meadows, planting of new hedgerows and trees, proper bird-watching hides – a wonderful testament to so many people’s dedicated hard work.
Our two weren’t quite up to the various walking trails. However they absolutely loved the activity room. They got to look at lots of (real) moths, pressed buttons to hear different birds singing, and played animal-related games.
There’s a large and very nice looking café serving a great variety of food for adults plus a ‘Bugs & Slugs’ children’s lunch box. You’ll also find a couple of lovely shops selling gifts, cordials, preserves and cakes. Before heading home the kids ran off some steam in the brilliant playground next to the car park. All in all, a very successful day out and we’re looking forward to returning year on year to see all the planting properly taking shape.
Free but car parking charges apply. Visitor Village and restaurant: Apr-Oct 10am-5pm, Nov-Mar 10am-4pm
Brockholes, Junction 31, M6. Preston PR5 0UH
Tel: 01772 872000 brockholes.org