Saturday, 20 September 2014

Over the Border

We decided to head over the border into Lancashire for a couple of days. The weather forecast suggested that west might be best. The plan was to visit the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust centre at Martin Mere, then spend Thursday night in Lancaster  before heading into Cumbria for a little bit of steam train photography on Friday morning and to spend the rest of the day visiting the RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss.
The centre at Martin Mere is very similar to their Slimbridge centre which we had visited in spring. The opportunities for photos of ducks, geese and swans are fantastic.
After a very enjoyable visit to Martin Mere, Friday morning saw us make a short trip up the M6 into Cumbria near Beckfoot to photograph a steam locomotive, Number 61994 The Great Marquess, hauling “The West Highlander” up to the west Coast of Scotland on a four day tour.
I left the photography to Sue while I tried my hand at a little bit of video. 
The horses didn't mind all the other trains on the west coast main line but weren't too happy about a steam locomotive passing by. It was then back down the M6 to RSPB Leighton Moss.
It was a lovely mild September afternoon as we made our way around the reserve visiting most of the reserve’s hides. Some have views out towards Morecambe Bay.
As we headed back over the Pennines on the M62 motorway it was very misty and murky over the tops and back into West Yorkshire.
Judging from my weather station output I think we probably had better weather than if we’d stayed at home. Was the trip successful? My camera certainly thinks so with 1465 photos downloaded and some video too. I might be some time editing that lot.


  1. You have a photo opportunity round every corner, or so it seems very nice it is too

  2. Lovely to see Martin Mere, we hear a lot about it in the Wildfowl and Wetlands news magazine. The photo of the horses and the train is wonderful, you've captured them beautifully. I'm glad you both had such a lovely trip, despite the autumnal mists.


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