Walking Riley at Pennington Flash


Yet again, David and I have had a simply wonderful bank holiday weekend! 😀 Our plans were fitted around the changeable weather on Saturday, were we spent time visiting family. With better weather forecast for Sunday, we headed up to the Lake District for a spectacular day out (post to follow)! Monday, the hottest day of the year (so far), dawned bright with not a cloud in the sky. Our plan was a visit to the very popular Pennington Flash, with Riley in tow.

At only 40 minutes drive from Liverpool, Pennington Flash is a local nature reserve in Leigh. Boasting a 70 hectare lake, bird hides, bridle paths and even a golf course! Pennington Flash seems to have it all.

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View from a hide

On recommendation (as it gets very busy), we arrived early, paid £1.20 (which is for all day parking) and took a leisurely 3.5 mile walk around fens, woodland and meadows. Riley seemed to enjoy himself, even taking a short dip in the flash (a term for a lake derived from mining subsidence).

Of the numerous wildlife sightings, the highlights were, lapwings (which were too far for me to photograph), a yellow iris, my first sightings of damselflies, (too fast for me to photograph) and striking common blue butterflies.

I enjoyed the walk as much as Riley and hope to revisit in future. Perhaps a more detailed visit is in store for 30 Days Wild?

Have you visited Pennington Flash? If so, what were your impressions?

Thanks for reading,

Christine x

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9 thoughts on “Walking Riley at Pennington Flash

  1. A lovely outing, and Riley certainly seems to be enjoying himself. Living up to the expression “Living the life of Riley”.
    Looking forward to 30 days wild too. I have made a list of walks and have one rather nice outing already booked. Feel much better prepared for my second year on the challenge, all I need now is some good weather.

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  2. What a wonderful place name ‘Pennington Flash’. A great place for Riley to take a cooling dip. Lovely to see your Iris and Common Blue butterfly pictures too.
    Have decided not to officially join in with 30 Days Wild this year. I am still keeping a Nature Diary though with details of what wildlife I see when I’m out and about. Look forward to your posts. Xx

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