As you can see from the image above, Ted is with me again, and he’s allowed off-lead here. Sidings Lane, a designated Local Nature Reserve, sits on land reclaimed from its former use by The Rainford Coal Company Limited. The colliery closed in 1928 following the 1926 miners’ strike. It runs parallel to the main Wigan to Kirkby railway line and, it may be assumed that there were railway sidings along the line nearby for colliery use.
A few hundred yards along the path, to one side there is a small duck pond, pictured above. I am told that turtles have made their home here.
Shortly after the pond, steps lead down to where the footpath continues by the side of a farmer’s field towards Kirkby. Ted is look at me as if to ask whether I’m sure that I know where we are.
The farmer’s field that I mentioned is shown above. It’s a glorious view on a day like this and, if you notice, the moon is still high in the sky to the right at this time in the morning.
Some steps have been provided by the Council Rangers, leading up to the railway line and an unmanned crossing to a separate section of a suggested walking route.
The sign is clearly both well-intentioned and necessary. An anti-vaccination supporter has re-purposed the sign.
We didn’t cross the line, but returned down the steps to the field-side path and, once past the pond, we followed a side path to a pleasant picnic area.
From the picnic area, the path took us to the steps above, where Ted is waiting for me, leading towards the way out.
The final set of steps, leading down to the car park.
Tomorrow, we return to St Helens for another walk – maybe not as pretty as some that we’ve walked in recent days. It’s yet another stretch of reclaimed land, but it’s just around the corner from where I live, so it’s where I usually walk Ted when I don’t feel like using the car.
For today’s photo, I take you back to the duck pond, where I took the shot because of the sun-star and its reflection.
EXIF data were: I used my Fujifilm X-T4 26 MP cropped sensor mirrorless camera with a Fujinon 23 mm f/2 lens. The shutter speed was 1/40 seconds @ f/11 and 23 mm. The ISO was 1250.