Date: Saturday 4th March 2017
Weather: Fine but Cool
Leader: Graham Thomas/John Wilson
Party Number: 17
Distance and Time: 4 miles, 10-14.45
17 People met at the Ship Public House at 10 am. The walk started by following the Lancashire Coastal Way down to the Naze. En-route we could overlook Freckleton Marsh which was a good habitat including fields, hedges, ditches, and pools, some of which were brackish. We could also see Freckleton pool, a tidal creek below us. Further along we could look across to several pools which had large amounts of wildfowl and waders feeding. Unfortunately, the hedges have grown over the years blocking the views to these pools unless you stood in certain areas.
Eventually reached the Naze with it trig point over looking the rivers Ribble and Douglas. It was windy in this place so we did not stay long, but a saw a vast amount of wild life. We observed a common buzzard flushing large flocks of Wigeon, Teal and Waders. This was a fantastic sight. We descended the 14 metres to the marsh. On the descent we found a single primrose, a true sign of spring. We then turned right and followed the path, still The Lancashire Coastal Way, passing beneath Naze Mount farm. Lots of driftwood and rubbish to be found here in this very muddy area.
Had lunch at the point where Pool Lane came down to the marsh.
Returned via Pool Lane and Naze Lane East and eventually retraced steps along paths to the Pub.
7 people went into the Ship for a well deserved drink.
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