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Pleasant walks with camera and three dogs

Afternoon in Roddlesworth & Tockholes Woods

As the weather today was cold and windy, with intermittent heavy rain I decided that a sheltered walk was in order, and Roddlesworth Woods seemed like a good choice. So I parked my car near the United Utilities Information Centre and, together with my good friend Anne Hayes and my dogs Brett, Molly and Sam, set off for a gentle stroll alongside the River Roddlesworth.

The Roddlesworth and Tockholes Woodlands were planted in 1904 to help prevent soil erosion into the River Roddlesworth as this provides water to the Roddlesworth Reservoirs. These had been built by Liverpool Corporation in the mid 19th century to help supply Liverpool with its increasing demands for water. Now the woods are crisscrossed by many paths that provide visitors with excellent walks and also creates a diverse habitat for a variety of wildlife and flora.

Roddlesworth Reservoir, with a lonesome fisherman.

Roddlesworth Reservoir, with a lonesome fisherman.

Brett, Molly and Sam having a good time in the river.

Brett, Molly and Sam having a good time in the river.

Anne crossing a small wooden footbridge.

Anne crossing a small wooden footbridge.

Brett and Molly exploring something in the grass.

Brett and Molly exploring something in the grass.

Anne approaching a stone bridge across the river.

Anne approaching a stone bridge across the river.

Molly and Brett on the river bank, with Anne looking on from the bridge.

Molly and Brett on the river bank, with Anne looking on from the bridge.

Sam indulging in one of his favourite pastimes, paddling in the river.

Sam indulging in one of his favourite pastimes, paddling in the river.

One last look at the river before setting off back to the car.

One last look at the river before setting off back to the car.

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2 comments on “Afternoon in Roddlesworth & Tockholes Woods

  1. Midwestern Plant Girl
    September 20, 2013

    This looks like a great place to bring dogs, dogs that love water. Mine would be swimming also. 🙂

    • Mal Firth
      September 20, 2013

      It’s an excellent place at any time of year; lots of paths around the reservoirs and alongside the river, plus the ruins of Hollinshead Hall to add to the interest. And of course the dogs love it because there’s lots of room to run about, chase sticks, and play in the water. 😉

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