Buggy friendly walks – Risley moss, Warrington

IMG_7579The Saturday between Christmas and New Year we decided that we needed to get out and have a short walk. We were staying with family and contemplated driving to Delamere forest which we love but was a good drive away & we only wanted to be out for the morning). Risley Moss in Warrington was suggested to us by my in-laws, they’d never been but it was often in the local newspaper and sounded nice. So we set off to explore this local nature reserve, It turns out it is a bit of a hidden gem.

risley moss2As soon as you drive off the roundabout and in to the free car park you are greeted by this mother earth sculpture which I loved. Through out the nature reserved there are several other sculptures carved out of wood which we enjoyed looking at and I’m sure children would especially like watching out for and identifying what they are. The nature reserve is a mix of woodland, wild meadow and mossland. There are pathways through the woodland areas which are suitable for pushchairs but at this time of year they are a little muddy in places. The pathways are well sign posted and there is also a wooden map outside the visitors center, by the car park.

risley moss 3Inside the visitors center is a whole host of information on the reserve for you to browse. There is information on the wildlife you can spot at different times of the year, the history of the site and the life cycle of a dragonfly. There are also toilets and the rangers office in this building.

risley moss 5IMG_7604 IMG_7593Slightly off the main pathway (sign posted), up a bit of a hill is this fantastic wooden, observation tower which allows you to view the mossland conservation site from tree top height. Well worth climbing the steps for the view of the mossland and the Peak District further away.

risley moss 1There are also two nature hides where you can view the wildlife from. The first one you come across is in the middle of the woods (woodland hide) and is easily accessible. In front of this hide are a couple of bird feeders so they are ideal for attracting birds in to the woodland. The second hide is for viewing the mossland. We did not make it to this hide as the path was very muddy in this area.

We enjoyed walking two laps of the main pathway, as well as exploring the observation tour and woodland hide and this only took us about an hour. I can see this being the perfect place to take a toddler in future visits to our family near by. I would love to go back in the spring/summer when the wild meadow is in bloom. I imagine the nature reserve would be completely different and even more special.

risley moss 4IMG_7585Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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  1. January 4, 2014 / 11:04 am

    This seriously looks amazing, what a great little find 🙂

    • January 4, 2014 / 3:47 pm

      Not bad for a spur of the moment decision (I’m very much a research and plan in advance person usually). We’ll be back again if I get my way.

  2. January 4, 2014 / 2:06 pm

    The Mother Nature sculpture reminds me of ones we have here in Cornwall at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Risley Moss seems like a great day out with lots to see and do in a very picturesque location. Happy New Year and thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    • January 4, 2014 / 3:49 pm

      Cornwall is one of the places I’d love to visit but it always seems too far away. One day we will visit. In the mean time Risley Moss is a beautiful place. If its like this in winter I can only imagine how picturesque it must be when the meadow is in bloom!

  3. January 4, 2014 / 2:18 pm

    Really sounds lovely. My wee man is really starting to enjoy wild walks like this now.

    • January 4, 2014 / 3:50 pm

      It is and I think it will be great when my 8 month old is older.

  4. January 4, 2014 / 2:54 pm

    Beautiful photos of what looks like a lovely walk. We love days out like this too 🙂

    • January 4, 2014 / 3:50 pm

      Thank you. I love days out in nature. I look forward to taking a picnic in the summer.

  5. January 4, 2014 / 5:26 pm

    That does look like a lovely place to explore. Great photos, too x

  6. January 4, 2014 / 8:51 pm

    This place looks amazing. Its great to find a place which is fun for the family and family friendly to. What a fantastic outdoor space for children {and adults} to explore.

  7. January 4, 2014 / 11:50 pm

    that’s almost close enough for us to come and see! looks great

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