Micro Event: Pennington Flash Local Nature Reserve
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Join OutdoorLads on a walk around the Pennington Flash Local Nature Reserve and the nearby canal system.
Starting at the nature reserve, we will walk around the lake and admire the local wildlife and then join the canal network where we will join the Leeds-Liverpool Shipping route. We will also take in sights such as the nearby marina and country-inn's, plus the wellbeing gardens, before returning to the nature reserve.
This walk is mostly flat and the paths are of excellent quality, wide, and well maintained. The walk will be approximately 6 miles.
You may wish to bring your cameras and binoculars as there are many species of animals including a variety of birds that visit the area, including; Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Rudy Duck, Canada Goose, Moorhen and Coot.
Please feel free to bring your dogs for this event. The more the merrier !
Upon entering the grounds, follow the road to the left, passing the small car park. You will then reach the large/main car park. We will meet in the middle of the large car park.
Micro Events – IMPORTANT, Please read the following before you sign up to this event:
- Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
- All are required to practice social distancing – staying 2m (not 1m) apart at all times, including the lunch stop.
- Please join events within around one hour’s travel from your home, rather than travelling longer distances to get there.
- Unfortunately, there won’t be any planned pub / café stops en route or at the end, and please don’t share sweets or snacks with others – we’re sorry!
- Public transport use to the start point is discouraged, as this is a non-essential journey. No car sharing to the start point unfortunately either.
- Please bring your own hand sanitising gel for your own use throughout the day. Use of face coverings is at your own choice.
- Each person can only attend one OutdoorLads micro event a week. (Leaders to leave at least three days between events they lead.)
- On walks, one person to hold open gates and allow everyone to walk through – so minimising surfaces that multiple people touch.
- Be aware that opportunities for toilet stops may be minimal if facilities are closed.
- Please, please cancel at your earliest opportunity if you are unable to attend or are unwell, so that we can allow others to take up these valuable event spaces.
- Much as it's difficult - no handshakes or hugs!
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(The event photos are the leader's own photos)
What to bring
Medication if necessary
Boots: Breathable walking shoes. Preferably waterproof for any wet/muddy areas.
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and drier
Socks: A good walking sock to protect your feet
Layered clothing: Interchangeable base and mid-layer/outer layer recommended for this time of year
Trousers: A pair of walking trousers over jeans and shorts etc. due to changes in weather and consider a breathable fabric where possible.
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Walking pole/s if preferred
Sun cream - may be required owing to time of year
Dog treats/lunch for pooch
You may wish to bring along your camera to take some snaps of this beautiful area.
Food & drink
A packed lunch if required.There will be opportunities to purchase refreshments during this event.
You may also wish to bring an energy bar or protein snack/drink/fruit.