A walk in the fresh air checking out nature in the local area does wonders for your mental health
Beacon Fell Country Park, Goosnargh, near Preston
The Beacon Fell Country Park consists of 110 hectares (271 acres) of woodland, moorland and farmland. There is an abundance of wildlife for those who are prepared to be observant. Rabbits and hares are frequent and are easily spotted. Roe deer are a little more elusive, but patience may well be rewarded.
Stoats and weasels can be seen running across the road or clambering over the dry stone walls.
Duxbury Park, Duxbury Hall Road, Chorley
Duxbury Park covers over 85 hectares, winding its way through the grounds of the old Duxbury estate. The mixed broadleaf woodlands contain an abundance of wildlife including foxes, herons, kestrels and many other species. Woodland trails and riverside walks can be accessed from the golf club car park.
Although the Hall no longer remains, the fine gardens and several other buildings are still in evidence. You can still see a fine beech avenue, an attractive display of rhododendrons in the spring and excellent specimens of coniferous trees.
Facilities include 21 hectares of ancient woodlands, with many picturesque riverside walks along the banks of the Yarrow.
North Blackpool Pond Trail
North Blackpool Pond Trail aims to protect the wildlife of a green corridor in North Blackpool, and to make the area accessible by all.
It brings together a network of 21 ponds, a lake, a reedbed, flowering dyke, community orchard, woodlands and meadow grasslands.
Withnell Local Nature Reserve, Chorley
This 4.7 hectare site is a former railway cutting which links the village of Withnell, with Abbey Village, with entrances in both locations. The area has been designated as a conservation area and forms an important wildlife corridor between the Nature Reserve at Withnell Fold and the West Pennine Moors.
Visitors enjoying the walk between the villages can expect to see a large variety of wildlife including the grey squirrel, common shrew, weasels and stoats. Bats are also thought to roost under the aqueduct at night. A stream, pond and marshy areas host a number of amphibian species such as frogs, toads and newts.