Around the quaking bog of Wybunbury


Our latest Sunday walk was a last-minute one that paid dividends. We’d been shopping but realised we had time for a walk, so I had a look on the map for any area of greenery near where we were. Wybunbury Nature Reserve stood out, and after a couple of wrong turns, we found our way to a point were we could access it (tip: just park near the tower of the former church of St Chad’s, or what remains of it. More on that later).

The Moss is a rare example of a ‘quaking bog’, a subsidence mire or a ‘schwingmoor’. In short, a bog. Fear not though, the walk is around the edge, often on good wooden walkways. The trail is well-marked, and worth keeping to – the bog is 30 feet at it’s deepest.


It took about 20 minutes to circumnavigate.  The moss has a couple of haunted tales to it (there’s a headless horseman, and a Jenny Greenteeth who is reputed to grab your legs and try to pull you into the murky depths of the bog).

And then back to the church. Or rather the remains of. All that’s left is the tower. Which leans, because the same subsidence that created the bog has been at work around the church. Demolished a couple of decades ago, the tower is all that remains. The same process which sought to straighten the lean of the tower at Pisa was initially used on the tower of St. Chad’s. Read more…

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