Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Fenn's & Whixall Mosses History Trail


The walk route with numbered posts


On Valentines day we decided to go for a boggy walk on the Mosses and it was certainly a much wetter walk underfoot that our previous walks on the Mosses. The photographs are from the excellent pamphlet found in a little weatherproof box near the start of the route.


We started off at the Shed Yard car park deciding to walk it in reverse starting by heading towards point 17 just to confuse me a bit more as I studied the pamphlet to find out the route but luckily the route has numbered posts so you can be sure you're not going to get lost. Apparently there was  WW2 bombing range here and later we came across the metal baskets laid out to look like burning houses and factories as decoy fire baskets when lit..the starfish site.





Near the English/Welsh border the peat cutters found three bog bodies which the bog water had preserved their hair and skin like tanned leather but you can only imagine life in this bleak place. The layers of peat tell their own story of climate change. The pamphlet  shows a picture of 'Tollund man bog body'  named after a bog body found in Denmark according to Google. Two hours later we were back on board Ben the dog had a long sleep, it's the longest walk he'd had for quite a while.




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