What a fantastic turnout!

On the first Sunday of 2019 a huge crowd of walkers gathered in Rixton Claypits car park to blow away the festive cobwebs by joining in a Winter Guided Walk organised by Rixton-with-Glazebrook Community Plan Group.

Adults, children and several dogs followed walk leader John Eccles as he guided them across Rixton’s beautiful rural footpaths. The route included exploring the Claypits Nature Reserve, the footpaths over Rixton Moss with its wide open vistas and back to the Claypits Visitors Centre.

The weather was cloudy but kind to the 75 people who attended. All enjoyed chatting whilst walking the 3.5mile circular walk, which finished with a welcoming hot soup, bread, cakes and hot drinks back at the Centre.

Swans on one of the ponds at Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve - January 2019.John Eccles said: “Another amazing turnout – thanks to all who turned up. It was great to see so many new people discovering the local footpath network and the Claypits for the first time. This wonderful Nature Reserve on our doorstep is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and its ponds and meadows are a haven for a variety of wildlife, so it feels great to be able to introduce it to people who have not been before.”


For those wishing to enjoy the local footpaths independently, there is a series of written walks entitled ‘Footpaths Around Rixton’ which can be downloaded by clicking here https://rixtonwithglazebrook.net/locations/footpaths-around-rixton/

Alternatively, copies can be picked up for FREE from either the Claypits Nature Reserve, the Village Shop, Black Swan or Red Lion in Hollins Green, Glazebrook Post Office, Cadishead Library or the Hamilton Davies Trust in Cadishead.

John added: “The community Plan Group will be organising another guided walk, next time on a summer’s evening, so make sure you look out for it being advertised.”

Posted on: 8th January 2019