Welcome to the Marches Mosses BogLIFE website
Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses form part of the Marches Mosses along with Cadney and Wem Mosses, collectively making up the third largest area of lowland-raised peatbog in the UK. There is nowhere better in the region to experience wide, open expanses of wild scenery and big skies.
The site is just a 10 minute drive from Whitchurch, 15 minutes from Wem and 20 minutes from Ellesmere.
There are numerous walking trails on and around The Mosses with varying degrees of difficulty, but wellies are always recommended! The internationally important National Nature Reserve lies next to the Llangollen Canal and just a short walk from Whixall Marina, where food and drink is available throughout the year. Make a day of it if you are in the local area!
You can visit the Mammoth Tower for a stunning view of the expanse of the Mosses. Follow the canal towpath to your left from Morris’ Bridge until you get to the boardwalk leading into the Mosses. You can learn more about the Mammoth Tower in the video below.
Marches Mosses Car Parks
There are free-of-charge car parks at Morris’s Bridge, Roundthorn Bridge and Bettisfield (Worlds End) . In addition, there is a car park at the Shed Yard that provides parking for the History Trail.
If you use the Shed Yard car park, please respect the residents who live along the lane to the car park, and be sure to close the gate behind you.
Please remember when visiting the site to:
- Respect the local environment, people and wildlife.
- Follow the countryside code.
- Please follow the Government Advice on Accessing Green Spaces in England.
Parts of the reserve are in Wales, so please be aware and respect any different rules and advice with regard to daily exercise and accessing green spaces from the Welsh Government https://gov.wales/leaving-home-exercise-guidance#section-41076.
Important guidelines when visiting the Mosses:
Please follow the important notices at all reserve entrances concerning care during the breeding season for birds, how to avoid adders, and the best way to visit the Mosses if you bring your dog along.
If you can’t read the web version of the poster about visiting with your dog, you can download a copy of it here: Bringing your dog to the Mosses – English and Welsh .