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30 of chirps, tweets and the honking of the seemingly kamikaze Canada Geese increases, as you make your way round the tall reeds beds surrounding the wetlands. Those with the foresight to have brought binoculars may want to linger in the bird hides, but with a thirsty dog in tow I push on round the reed beds until I come to a track. Cross the track to the secondary pathway opposite and go through the gate; bear right and cross the stream and then take an immediate right down a slight gradient. Follow that path past the ponds and then once you’ve rounded a right hand bend you’ll arrive at another fingerpost. Take a 90 degree left turn towards a derelict barn, and take another left turn towards the railway. Cross the rails with great care and as soon as you’re across, turn left on a path that runs parallel to the railway line. Take a 90 degree right hand turn at the fingerpost towards ‘The Farm Tea Shop’, and then when you’ve swerved round a fir copse and walked round a field you’ll come to Martin Lane. Turn left and within 75 yards you’ll come to the aforementioned tea shop. Carry on Martin Lane in the same direction, through the junction with Merscar Lane. Just before the crossing over the canal, follow the path on the right which leads to the towpath, then turn left under the canal bridge towards Burscough. Follow the canal for almost two miles past two swing bridges (31- New Lane and 32-Crabtree Lane) until you exit the canal at bridge 32a – Burscough Bridge. You are right by Burscough Wharf and the village centre. Turn left and go through the centre for 325 yards until you get to the finish point of Burscough Bridge rail station. For those with the OS Maps app on your desktop, mobile or tablet, this walk is named: JT Burscough Bridge
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