Sometimes the most unexpected walks turn out to be the ones you remember the best…. and this is the exact feeling I got when I first visited Crowle Moors. Nestled in the North Westerly tip of Lincolnshire, the moor is part of the wider Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve.
The moor has now become a favourite walk of mine, and every time I visit, I experience something new. The first time I visited the moor, I wasn’t sure what to expect; Crowle Moor is surrounded on its Eastern flank by vast open agricultural expanses, green fields and blue skies. However, travelling along the track to the moors, I started to sense the change in scenery, and I knew I was arriving somewhere special.
When I arrive at the moor, I feel instantly transported to another land. The fluffy little clouds of Cottongrass, and the crisscross of flooded bog, make me feel like I’ve stepped out onto another continent; a unique and magical beauty, that is rare to find in Britain.
My inner child comes out, as I get to walk along boggy paths (make sure you take your wellies!), and explore the wonderful setting. The moor is home to a myriad of flora and fauna, some of my favourites being the wonderful Damselfly, which flutter and race around the reserve like little fairies.
If you are really lucky, you’ll get to see snakes, and this is especially true in springtime, when they like to bask in the spring sunshine. Crowle Moor is home to a sizeable population of Adders, the only venomous snake native to Britain, although if you are lucky enough to see one of these shy and secretive creatures, its best to leave them alone.
Another rarity to be found at Crowle Moors is the mysterious Nightjar, and if you visit the moors on a warm, summer evening, you may be lucky enough to hear the male’s churring song, which rises and falls as these skilful ventriloquists throw their song into the dusky skies.
The moors have a number of footpaths to be enjoyed, from small circular walks for little legs, to larger link paths between Crowle and Thorne Moors. If you are feeling really ambitious, there is the 50 miles footpath route known as the Peatland Way, which links the communities of the Humberhead Peatlands and the adjacent Crowle, Thorne and Hatfield Moors.
I can sometimes go for a walk around the moor and not see a single soul, and it’s this peace and tranquillity which helps to make this place so special. It’s my 'go to' place when I need a nature fix, a good blast of fresh air, or just some time outdoors…… and I’m never disappointed.