Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Fairies in Lancashire?

KenF has sent us a photograph of Fairy Glen from the recently advertised Winter Walk on Sunday 11th January from Parbold Hill to Ashurst Beacon(Dont't forget that you can click on any photos in this blog to see the picture in a larger format).


According to the local council, this is "one of the most picturesque woodlands in the district."
"The secluded atmosphere of the Glen provides an ideal home for a variety of wildlife.

Designated as a Biological Heritage Site for its ancient woodland of oak, birch, ash and alder, the woodland floor may be covered with bluebells, wild garlic, ferns, and red campion.

The waters of Sprodley Brook have, over time, cut down through the underlying sandstone to create the steep Fairy Glen valley, which has spectacular waterfalls and cliff faces."
The more widely travelled amongst our readers will no doubt also have visited some of the other Fairy Glens scattered around the British Isles.

Wales is claiming at least three. Firstly there is the most well known one near Betws-y-Coed not far from the Fairy Glenn Inn. Next is one near Capelulo at the Dwygyfylchi end of the Sychnant Pass. And they also claim to have one near Colwyn Bay following the course of the Afon Colwyn into the heart of Old Colwyn.

Not to be outdone, the Scots have at least two. Glen Conon, also known as Fairy Glen, is an unusual landscape near Uig, on the Trotternish peninsula on the Isle of Skye. Described as a "bizarre and delightful miniature landscape of grassy, cone-shaped hills," it was apparently formed by a combination of landslides and subsequent glaciation. There is also a Fairy Glen near Rosemarkie, north of Inverness which is part of an RSPB bird sanctuary.

It would make an amusing project to research and visit all the Fairy Glens in Britain and it should be easier than doing all the Munros. Any takers?