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Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve

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Much improved!

Our last visit in April was disappointing to say the least but today’s visit was very... read more

Reviewed July 24, 2019
Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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Great nature trail

Mere sands has two or three looped walks around the filled in lakes, lots of simple hides for... read more

Reviewed July 1, 2019
Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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Woodview Holmeswood Road, Rufford L40 1TG, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

very peaceful, wheelchair friendly routes. My highlight was hearing a woodpecker altho didn't see it.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Ellen I
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It has been a while since I last visited, but Found the car park extremely pot holed uneven and damaging to your vehicle if you are not careful. Sadly but understandably the visitors centre was closed for refurb, so I progressed to have a short...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank johnmT2568VX
Reviewed September 4, 2019

I arrived and paid for the parking, but received a penalty notice for £25 pounds. I wrote to complain and the company involved could not be bothered to reply. Make sure you get a receipt or take a photograph with evidence you have paid. I...More

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank bruce l
Reviewed August 26, 2019

First visit to this beautiful nature reserve which is free to enter. Car park only £2! There is a substantial visitor centre (shop and toilets) where we collected a map from a lovely volunteer who was happy to chat and advise where to walk. There...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 19lel68
Reviewed July 24, 2019 via mobile

Our last visit in April was disappointing to say the least but today’s visit was very different. Many of the fences and walkways have been repaired and the grounds have been tidied up considerably. The car park is still a mess and I understand that...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank NeilS303
Reviewed July 2, 2019

A lovely setting to explore the local wildlife. good value, either parking on site or locally and walking in. Staff very helpful and friendly. still didn't see the kingfisher!

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Peter M
Reviewed July 1, 2019

Mere sands has two or three looped walks around the filled in lakes, lots of simple hides for looking for birds. Cool tree cover with a good variety of wildlife. A place to visit for a simple dog walk for example. Also can easily link...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Mag666000
Reviewed June 8, 2019

Myself and my family have visited this site on many occasions and have been members of the wildlife trust for years. The site is quite nice with easily accessible paths. Unfortunately the car park is in disrepair and we have been charged a £50 parking...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank katpr19
Reviewed May 16, 2019

We have never been to this site before but I can tell you we will most positively be going again .The car park only £2 for the day which was so good I couldn't believe it . The visitors centre was really good with a...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Barbara R
Reviewed May 16, 2019 via mobile

Had a nice visit to this nature reserve. Some good walks around pleasant surroundings. It's not bad at £2 for parking (all day). There are toilets inside the visitors centre as well as a little shop with gifts, snacks, etc. It has a good map...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Lynn D
January 28, 2018|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
Glad someone answered first. I'm not sure of the distances. I hope you get to give it a try sometime.
Ray H
February 6, 2017|
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Response from Lindsay B | Property representative |
We are sorry to hear that you have received a parking charge notice following the change from a voluntary to a compulsory charge for parking in April 2016. For 10 years we had a machine on the car park to accept a... More