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28 According to www.lancashire.gov.uk, 71% of the North West’s fruit and vegetables are grown in the West Lancashire area and it is those flat fertile fields that we visit today on our latest Jack’s Tracks, which clocked in at just over 6 miles long. Most unusually for a village, Burscough has not one, but two railway stations, and it is from the Burscough Bridge station that the walk starts. Go north of the station on the A59 and turn left into Red Cat Lane. Within 75 yards turn left into the road leading to the old station house. There, on the right, lies the pathway that eventually leads to Martin Mere; this is the path you need. The path soon opens up and runs alongside the railway line for a further 600 yards until you arrive at Crabtree Lane. Turn right and within a minute or so you’ll see a yellow girder set in the ground next to a track. Turn left down the track which soon opens up into a field; stay on the right hand boundary of the field. Burscough Bridge by Chris Pearce
29 Once you reach the fence which encloses Monk’s Farm, bear left and then follow the fence round a right hand bend until you reach a fingerpost. Take a 90 degree left turn towards Martin Mere and walk the 750 yards across the big open fields to Marsh Moss Lane. Cross the single track lane and go through the fence directly opposite. Follow the path to another fingerpost, in front of the metal fence enclosing the Martin Mere estate and turn left though the gate with a ‘Caution Deep Water’ sign on it. It’s very noticeable that the noise Martin Mere Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust Brandreth Farm Tarlscough Lane Marsh Moss Lane Red Cat Lane Martin Lane New Lane The Farm Burscough Moss Nook Merscar Lane Gorst Lane Martin Lane Crabtree Lane Burscough Bridge Orrell Lane Leeds & Liverpool Canal Start / Finish School L Burscough Wharf Burscough B5241 Higgins Lane A59 Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear whilst walking. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.