Walking trails

Looking for a different place to walk?

You can experience the beauty, tranquility and wide range of wildlife for yourself in a visit to the Marches Mosses by following one of four walking trails around the mosses:

The Viewfinder Trail

Follow the trail from near Morris’ Bridge on a 1.5 mile circular route.  On current maps, this trail is indicated in green. We’ll be installing a number of viewfinder spots that will provide an excellent outlook over the Mosses along with information about the bio-diversity, formation and restoration work on the Mosses. In the meantime, enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Mosses and watch for curlews, lapwings and other birds flying overhead.

Curlews Over Marches Mosses                      Credit: Stephen Barlow

Fenn’s and Whixall Mosses History Trail

Learn about the history of the mosses – the peat cutting, by hand and commercially, how the mosses were used in both World Wars, and even about the bodies in the bog.

Peat cutters’ pattens (overshoes to prevent sinking into the peat)

Bettisfield Moss Trail

This 2km (1 ½ miles) trail takes about an hour to walk. You’ll spot a variety of plants, many of which thrive only in the peatland conditions of the Mosses and you’ll likely see birds overhead and, if you look closely, butterflies, beetles and other invertebrates that live on Mossses.

Lookout over Bettisfield Mosses

The Mosses Trail

At 3.6km, the longest of the Mosses trails makes a circuit through Whixall Moss, passing close to Fenn’s Old Works, a listed monument. It’s a great place to look for butterflies and other wildlife, or just take in the wide open sky above you.

Fenn’s Old Works Detail     Credit: Alexander Sleigh

Bring your wellies and please keep your dog on a lead

The trails are well signposted and level and easy to walk. They’re often wet, so be sure to bring your wellies or boots. You’re welcome to bring your dog along for a walk, but you’ll need to keep Fido on a lead, as there are ground-nesting birds throughout the Mosses, as well as some water hazards.

Please read these posters before you begin you walk on the Mosses:

Bringing your dog to the Mosses – English and Welsh

Adders Living on Marches Mosses

Birds Breeding on Marches Mosses

They’re posted in the car parks as well.

We hope you enjoy your visit to the Marches Mosses!

 

 

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