West Lancashire extends from the foot hills of the Pennines around Parbold to the coast at Southport.

It is a flat costal plain so offers a different photographic challenge being a area of flat land and big shies, with a scattering of towns and villages.

Large parts of the area used to be a mere, Martin Mere, but years ago was drained to make rich peaty soil agricultural and horticultural lands.

These are a selection of my pictures of the area in which I was born and initially lived in the village of Banks before moving onto a canal boat on the Leeds and Liverpool canal near Burscough.

There will be some cross over with photo’s in my Burscough gallery, the Leeds and Liverpool canal gallery and my railway pictures.

Here’s looking at you Cows in the Douglas valley 17.5.2023.
A cow from a herd of young ones is curious in a field in the Douglas River valley to the east of the village of Parbold on a warm spring afternoon in 2023. Copyright Colin Wareing
4 Cows in the Douglas valley 17.5.2023
Four cows from a herd of young cows, heifers? In a field in the Douglas River valley to the east of the village of Parbold on a warm spring afternoon in 2023. Copyright Colin Wareing Cw 8300
Early morning Crabtree Lane trees.
The sun has not long been up and burning the mist off the morning through the trees along Crabtree Lane on Martin Mere near Burscough. Photo taken 17.6.2020 from Crabtree Lane.
Image Cw 7225 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations.
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Early morning walk off Crabtree Lane.
A lone dog walker crosses a field of wheat not long after dawn on a hazy sunny morning. She is on a public footpath across part of Martin Mere from Crabtree Lane towards Burscough in West Lancashire. Photo taken 17.6.2020 from Crabtree Lane.
Image Cw 7224 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations
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Early morning walker on Martin Mere.
A lone dog walker crosses a field of wheat not long after dawn on a hazy sunny morning. She is on a public footpath across part of Martin Mere near Burscough in West Lancashire. Photo taken 17.6.2020 from Crabtree Lane.
Image Cw 7223 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations
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Potato field Martin Mere
A crop of potatoes are growing in the rich black soil of Martin Mere near Burscough in West Lancashire. The field is alongside Marsh Moss Lane which is on the tree line in the distance. Photo taken 17.6.2020 Image Cw 7222 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations
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Cw 7221 Potato field Crabtree Lane and chimney
A crop of potatoes are growing in the rich black soil of Martin Mere near Burscough in West Lancashire. The field is alongside Crabtree Lane and the chimney is at the packaging factory of DS Smith on Red Cat Lane in Burscough. Photo taken 17.6.2020 Image Cw 7221 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations This image is available to licence or have reproduced as a print on Alamy and Picfair

Two trees under stormy skies 26.12.2022
Under stormy skies stand two trees alongside a public footpath which runs in a northerly direction from the Leeds and Liverpool canal towpath between Crabtree Lane and New Lane to the west of Burscough in West Lancashire. The footpath goes through a farm yard, then out across the Southport to Wigan railway line on a pedestrian crossing. It then continues across the flat fertile moss lands, around another former farm house and on to join up again with Crabtree Lane. There is a over wintering barley crop in the field to the left of the trees and a cabbage crop to the right. Image Cw 8155 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations Cw 8155
Cabbage under a stormy sky 26.12.2022.
Under a stormy winters afternoon sky a crop of cabbage await harvesting in a field of the rich black soil of Martin Mere near Burscough The field is alongside Crabtree Lane, Burscough in West Lancashire. Photo taken 26.12.2022
Image Cw 8154 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations
Footpath at Bescar Moss alongside Mill Stream.
Alongside a ditch, which is called Mill Stream, runs a public footpath from Wood Moss Lane towards Snape Green. The stream or ditch runs from near Bescar Brow Lane in Scarisbrick and this view is looking towards Bescar Brow Lane. The trees are part of a small wood or copse. Wonder if there ever was a mill along the stream? Photo image Cw 8153 Copyright Colin Wareing
Potatoes just starting to grow 14.7.2022
A planted crop of potatoes are just starting to push their first shoots out of the soil. They have been planted in a field next to the Leeds and Liverpool canal off Higgins Lane in Burscough. The soil has been formed into ridges or rudges to allow for drainage if the autumn proves to be a wet one. In the back ground is the edge of the Burscough Industrial estate that has developed on land that was a naval air base in World War 11. The date is 16.7.2022. Copyright Colin Wareing Cw 8128
Wet fields at dusk off Crabtree Lane 8.11.2022.
After a wet day the sun came out just before dusk to be reflected in the puddles left in a field after the potatoes have been harvested near Crabtree Lane near Burscough. The date is Tuesday the 8th of November 2022. Copyright Colin Wareing Cw 8118
Foot path towards Platts Lane Lake The footpath from Blythe Lane running towards the Platts Lane Lake near Burscough in West Lancashire.
This footpath runs over a former land fill tip and along with the lake is a bit of a hidden gem in Burscough. May be that’s why it wasn’t too busy with people taking their daily exercise walks on this lovely sunny and warm spring afternoon. Image Cw 7105 copyright Colin Wareing
Burscough is built on the West Lancashire plain that stretches from Parbold Hill out to the coast at Southport, and so consequently there are some big sky’s. In this late summer view the fluffy clouds are building but the yellow grass in the horse’s field seems to be the result of a dry spell. Image Cw 1500 Copyright Colin Wareing

Big Sky over Burscough Mill.
The mill used to be used for milling corn in to animal feeds and then flour for bread making, but this stopped in the 1970’s and eventually it was converted into flats and apartments. Image Cw 1504 Copyright Colin Wareing
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