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The best accessible days out in the north west

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Brockholes Nature Reserve, Lancashire

Brockholes views of floating visitor village. Credit: Alan Wright.
Brockholes views of floating visitor village. Credit: Alan Wright.

Based on the site of an old quarry near Preston, Brockholes Nature Reserve is 250 acres of woodland, reedbeds, marshland, meadow and water, which has been specially designed to attract a wide range of wildlife. There are a network of trails and hides from which to view nature up close. Two of its three trails are wheelchair accessible: the Gravel Pit Trail, which takes about half-an-hour, and the Reserve Trail, which is a longer two hours, taking in a couple of accessible bird hides.

The star attraction is the floating Visitor Village, which allows you to get as close as possible to the water-based wildlife, while keeping your tea and cake dry at the same time. It’s a beautiful spot to relax and fully accessible, with low counters and exhibits, interpretation boards, tactile features, large-print displays, hearing loops and an accessible toilet.

See www.brockholes.org for details.



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Carmel Thomason
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Written by Carmel Thomason