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Spend October Half Term exploring the walking trails of the Marches Mosses

It is the perfect time of year to go on a scenic Autumn walk at the Marches Mosses.

Map showing the six walking trails on the Marches Mosses
Map showing the six walking trails on the Marches Mosses

Families can enjoy a nice variety of views as they take to nature during their October half-term. As the days start to get shorter and the sunsets come earlier, it’s still so important to get outdoors and take in the surrounding environment.

In the build-up to Halloween, the everyday person could also take delight in listening to a scary tale told by local storyteller Jake Evans as they travel around the Mosses.

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This is available on the meres and mosses website, and tells the local folklore tale of Will Smith, and how he became known as the will-o-the-wisp.

Maps of the six walking trails have been updated to allow many more visitors to come and explore The Mosses comfortably and with greater support.

All the new maps can be found on the website, and on new interpretation boards around The Mosses. The trails range between 2.0 and 3.6km covering Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses.

In particular, the Green Trail would be ideal for visiting families, who will get to look through the recently installed viewfinders and see how the mosses will have looked at different points in time. The Mammoth Trail is a shorter and more accessible trail, which heads along a canal towpath to the wonderful Mammoth Tower viewpoint, looking out over the vast expanse of Fenn’s and Whixall Mosses.

Nathan Brake, Reserve Manager, says this about the walking trails “It would be fantastic for people to come out to see the new interpretation highlighting the wonderful nature that can be found at Fenn’s & Whixall Moss. It may be the last chance in the year to see the site’s amazing raft spiders, and could be a good opportunity to catch a glimpse of the visiting Marsh Harrier”.

Whilst the season is passing to see dragonflies and many other insects, The Mosses have seen a good year for various fungi such as the bright orange Sulphur Tuft. Lesser Redpolls have also been seen recently whose patches of red on their head add a spark of colour to The Mosses at this time of year. Snipe and Lapwing are also two iconic waders who can still be seen and heard along the trails of The Mosses.

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